The ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel Will Feature These 2 Great Villains

The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming just got a lot more interesting. A new report suggests that the July 2019 movie will feature not one but two iconic villains from the comics.

Here’s a look at those two villains who will reportedly be at the center of the new Spider-Man, including a returning character and a brand new one. We’ll also talk about the amazing actor who is in talks to play the latter character (page 7).

1. Michael Keaton will return as The Vulture

Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming

We’re excited to see this complicated villain return. | Marvel Studios

The villain of Spider-Man: Homecoming was The Vulture, played brilliantly by Michael Keaton. He did a phenomenal job, and fans just recently got some good news.

Variety reports that Keaton will reprise his role in the sequel. The report does not specify how much he’ll be in the movie, though.

Next: The Vulture has an interesting path forward 

2. We last saw The Vulture in prison

Michael Keaton as Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming

He was sent to the big house when Spider-Man defeated him. | Marvel

So where did we last leave Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture? In Spider-Man: Homecoming, he became one of a handful of Marvel villains who does not die at the end of the film.

Instead, Spider-Man saves him, and he ends up in prison. In a mid-credits scene, he denies knowing Spider-Man’s true identity, suggesting that Adrian does have some respect for Peter.

Next: This storyline seems to be on its way

3. The credits of the first film teased the Sinister Six

Toomes and Mac in Spider-Man: Homecoming mid-credit scene

Could Mac be talking about the Sinister Six? | Giphy

That mid-credits scene of Homecoming was also significant for another reason: it seemed to tease the Sinister Six. In the scene, Mac Gargan approaches Adrian and asks him about Spider-Man, saying, “I’ve got some boys on the outside who would love to meet him … and I heard a rumor you know who he is.”

This “boys on the outside” line sure sounded like a reference to the Sinister Six, which in the comics is a group of Spider-Man villains who come together to take on Peter for various reasons.

Next: The Vulture has an important connection to this group

4. The Vulture is a founding member of the Sinister Six

Vulture and other members of the Sinister Six fighting Spider-Man

They are an eclectic group of supervillains. | Marvel Comics

The Sinister Six is one of those groups in the comics that has had many incarnations over the years. But they almost always involve The Vulture, and he’s one of the founding members.

Other villains who are often a part of the Sinister Six include Doctor Octopus, Electro, and Sandman. But two others who have been in the group in the comics are Scorpion and Shocker, both of whom were introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming and who are still alive at the end of the film.

Next: The second character who will be in the movie

5. Mysterio will also be in the movie

Mysterio in Marvel Comics

We’re curious as to which Mysterio we’ll see. | Marvel Comics

Now, we’re getting word about another key villain who will reportedly be in the movie: Mysterio, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A number of characters have used that name in the comics, but the one that will apparently be in this movie is Quentin Beck, a special effects expert who becomes a supervillain and uses illusions to take on Spider-Man.

Next: What Mysterio’s storyline might involve

6. This is more evidence that the Sinister Six are coming

Sinister Six

Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and Electro (three of the other villains in this image) have battled Spider-Man in the past. | Marvel Comics

The introduction of Mysterio seems like more evidence that Sony and Marvel are building towards a Sinister Six storyline. After all, Mysterio has been a part of the Sinister Six during many of the group’s incarnations, and he’s one of the founding members as well.

With his introduction, that means there are four Sinister Six members who will exist in the MCU in the new movie: Mysterio, Shocker, Scorpion, and the Vulture. And two of them are founding members.

It might be a little soon to introduce the Sinister Six storyline in the Homecoming sequel, so what seems more likely is that this film will focus on Mysterio while teasing the Sinister Six idea with a minor Vulture subplot and having that be the main storyline of the third movie.

Next: The great actor who is in talks for the part

7. Mysterio will reportedly be played by Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

It would be his first foray into the Marvel Universe. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Now, Sony is close to signing the perfect person for the part of Mysterio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks for the role. This is perfect for a number of reasons, one of which is the fact that Gyllenhaal is just a fantastic actor.

But he also has an interesting history with Spider-Man, having been considered to play the character in Spider-Man 2 after Tobey Maguire injured his back and almost couldn’t return.

Next: The film may actually feature a third, female villain.

8. Could a female villain be joining as well?

Black Cat in Marvel Comics

It would be refreshing to see a female villain take on Spidey. | Marvel Comics

Variety is reporting that Sony has been looking for a new male and female lead, wanting the male lead to be played by an A-list actor. Presumably, that’s the role that Gyllenhaal is circling.

But what’s the female role? Is it possible that the film will introduce a female villain who could join the Sinister Six in the third movie? There are a bunch of possibilities, maybe the most likely of which is Black Cat.

We know that Sony is interested in Black Cat, as the studio has been planning a movie dedicated to her and Silver Sable. So it’s possible that Sony plans to introduce her in this Spider-Man movie first before spinning her off. Those Sony spin-offs are theoretically taking place in their own universe, but that may not be the case forever.

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