Spider-Man is one of the greatest superheroes of all time. He was just an average spider living an average spider-life that took a turn when we got bit by a radioactive man. A tale as old as time. In the last 15 years, we have had 3 live-action iterations. Each iteration has their bright spots. Tobey Maguire gave an emotionally profound performance that made people empathize with Peter Parker throughout his trilogy (even with its flaws, Spider-Man 3 still holds a spot in my heart).
Tom Holland has been able to capture the fun-loving nature of the web-head while also bringing gravitas where needed. Andrew Garfield was able to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sincerely, which alone deserves him an Oscar. Through all of its faults, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was attempting something unique; introducing a team of supervillains that would eventually lead to a team-up movie (think Suicide Squad but with villains your mom recognizes). With the recent announcement of Jake Gyllenhaal taking on the role of Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, we thought it would be fun to round out the rest of The Sinister Six. And yes, there are more than six entries in here. I thought I would give Mr. Feige plenty of options to play with, pro bono.
Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes (Vulture)
Jake Gyllenhall as Quentin Beck (Mysterio)
Michael Mando as Mac Gargan (Scorpion)
Michael C. Hall as Norman Osborn (Green Goblin)
Michael C. Hall is at the top of most wishlists for Norman Osborn, and for good reason. Norman is cold, brilliant and has a strong sense of superiority over his fellow man. Sound familiar? Hall’s rise to stardom was playing that exact character on Dexter. Where Dexter felt powerful in what he did and constantly getting away with it (no spoilers, I’m only on season 4).
Norman feels power through wealth and social status and is always striving for more. Hall has also shown more manic performances to go with the Green Goblin persona. Though not the greatest film, his performance in Gamer practically screams Green Goblin. Hall has the versatility of being THE commanding presence in a room while also tapping into a man on the verge of a psychotic break. And if they want to distance themselves from the Raimi trilogy, I stand by my pick if they were to go the ‘Ultimate’ comics route.
Jeffery Wright as Otto Octavius (Doctor Octopus)
Doc Ock may be considered Spider-Man’s greatest enemy, depending on who you ask. Dr. Otto Octavius is simultaneously Peter Parker’s future self and polar opposite. Without Uncle Ben’s guiding morals, Peter would’ve turned out exactly like Otto. This juxtaposition is extremely evident in Spider-Man 2. This is why I’m distancing from the superb performance by Alfred Molina and going with someone with a more quiet intellect. If you have caught just a second of Westworld while Wright is onscreen you’ll know why he is perfect (also, if you’ve only seen a second of Westworld, what are you doing?? Go watch it!)
Wright has a calm and calculating demeanor that would be terrifying with 4 metal arms protruding from his back. Wright can bring the solemness and pain that comes with Octavius while being able to justify his actions to a high-school crime fighter who feels a connection to this villain.
Edgar Ramírez as Sergei Kravinoff (Kraven the Hunter)
Aside from the fact it looks like he was ripped from the page of The Amazing Spider-Man #15, he has a wide body of work that showcases an actor on the rise, and deservedly so. There is a feral-ness and aggression to his performances that fit Kraven to a tee. Kraven has a strange history of magic potions and spells but I think Ramírez would work best as a man who just understands human and animal instincts. And having to hunt a teenage boy, who is nothing but instincts, would make for a compelling antagonist.
Will Arnett as William Baker/Flint Marko (Sandman)
Say what you will about Will Arnett but this is an actor on the cusp of stardom who has just had some bad luck. I chose Arnett for two reasons, these reasons depending on the direction the filmmakers choose. The first reason being if they decide to go the dramatic route akin to Thomas Haden Church in Spider-Man 3, Arnett has the range to pull off a broken man who is just trying to do right by his daughter (see Flaked). The second reason, and my personal choice, use him as the comic relief (see anything else he’s done). There are a lot of egos on this team and to have a character who has a sense of humor and can match wits with Spider-Man would bring some much-needed levity to the film.
Randy Couture as Aleksei Sytsevich (Rhino)
Randy Couture is not a good actor. I’m not here to convince you otherwise. What he is good at is looking intimidating and making you hope you never run into him in a dark alley. This is why he would be perfect for the Rhino. He can pull off the strong, angry, silent type. The Rhino should be seen, not heard. The Rhino should only be used as the muscle. He isn’t there to make the plans or figure out the team’s next move. Randy Couture only has to show up, wear either a giant gray rhino leotard or a giant gray robot suit, and scowl.
Danny DeVito as Dmitri Anatoly Smerdyakov Kravinoff (Chameleon)
I mean, why not? You have the other actors portray Chameleon when he’s impersonating them throughout the movie and then as a cameo at the end, Dmitri reveals himself as DeVito. Or, have DeVito wearing different clothes throughout the movie and everyone else pretending his disguise is flawless. It’s perfect.
Nick Offerman as J. Jonah Jameson
No one can live up to J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of Peter’s boss from the Raimi trilogy; so why not take this character in a new, and yet, familiar direction? Nick Offerman plays a man fed up with the current generation better than anybody, just have him do that with a cigar in his mouth.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 swings into theaters July 5, 2019.