Who Will Spider-Man Be Fighting?

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We know Rhys Ifans will be playing the villain in the next Spider-Man. We just don’t know who that villain will be.

With almost 50 years of literature to choose from, finding a foe from the crowded stable of demented people looking to pick a fight with Peter Parker won’t be a problem.

Finding the right one? That’s another story.

Some suggestions for who would make a good Spider-Man villain when the next movie starts filming in December:

the face of the next spider-man villain?

the face of the next spider-man villain?

LIZARD

Sure: Ever since we were introduced to Dr. Curt Connors in the original Spider-Man movie — if only briefly, and only by mentioning him — we kept waiting for the Lizard to be a big baddie. And we waited. And waited. Maybe now? It’s an easy villain to work into the Spider-Man universe, and one that can continue to be a menace throughout the run of the franchise. That makes him interesting. We haven’t seen a comic book movie yet where the hero absolutely does not want to kill the villain, he wants to cure him. It’s about time to mix that up. If the new series is going to recast anyone else from original movies, it’s highly doubtful anyone will be saying, “You know, I just don’t think Rhys Ifans had the same emotional center as Dylan Baker.”

No way: There’s really no good reason to not bring in the Lizard.

Odds: Even.

even wolverine was allowed to change his costume for the movie

even wolverine was allowed to change his costume for the movie

ELECTRO

Sure: He was one of the planned villains in the 90s version of Spider-Man that James Cameron was set to direct and is a very layered, disturbed character — something America seems to love in its comic book movie villains. The estate of Heath Ledger has some Oscar hardware to prove it. Physically, it would be pretty easy to transform Ifans into Electro and it would make for some impressive 3-D special effects. His storyline in the comic leads into one of the first confrontations Spider-Man has with J. Jonah Jameson, a perfect way to introduce another character of the Spider-Man universe.

No way: As long as they change up his costime a little bit to make him look like he didn’t just come out of a Village People concert, he might be a perfect jumping off point for the new franchise.

Odds: 2-1.

VULTURE

Sure: There isn’t anyone that Ifans more physically resembles than Adrian Toomes, the man behind Vulture.

No way: Sony has never confirmed it, but the rumors going around claimed that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 died, at least partly, because of his insistence on using Vultureas the villain when the studio didn’t want to. John Malkovich was even cast to play the part. So if the studio was so adamantly against it then, why would they then backtrack into the same territory? Plus, Vulture is stupid.

Odds: 4-1.

GREEN GOBLIN

it's just too risky and unnecessary to hit this up again so quickly

it's just too risky and unnecessary to hit this up again so quickly

Sure: Before it was revealed that Emma Stone would be playing Gwen Stacy and not Mary Jane Watson, it looked like the odds of the franchise immediately tapping back into the Green Goblin would be pretty slim. Wouldn’t it want to distinguish itself from the first trilogy? Why would it bother starting off the same way the previous films did? But fans of the comic book know Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin are forever linked, and lead to one of Spider-Man’s most emotional story lines. Ifans looks, acts and feels the part of Norman Osbourne, maybe more so than Willem DeFoe.

No way: Fans and critics will spend the next two years comparing the reboot to the original. With about 40 good Spider-Man villains to choose from, why even consider giving them another reason to make comparisons? And it’s probably a good idea to keep Emma Roberts around at least for another installment. Oops, is that giving too much away?

Odds: 10-1.

SCORPION

Sure: Ifans has some severe physical limitations when it comes to villains he can play. It’s pretty doubtful he can pull off someone like Rhino. But a guy who is actually transformed into a super villain by a genetic experiment like Scorpion was? That could work.

No way: Kind of a blah villain, and he’s tied too much to J. Jonah Jameson’s hatred for Spider-Man.

Odds: 15-1.

ALISTAIR SMYTHE

Sure: Son of Spencer Smythe, the original maker of the robotic Spider Slayers whose only intention was to destroy Spider-Man, Alistair continued the work of his father and blames Spider-Man for his death. Sniveling but brilliant, it’s easy to see him with Ifans’ Welsh accent. Completely off the board from the villains of the first three movies.

No way: Not exactly a sexy choice for a villain. He doesn’t dress up in a funny costumes, he can’t fly, he doesn’t have the strength of 100 people, he’s just a guy who plays with robots and is a little off his rocker.

Odds: 20-1.

FIELD

this would make sense.

this would make sense.

Sure: There are few comic superheroes with as many colorful, popular villains as Spider-Man — any of them can make an appearance. Chameleon is the first villain in the first comic and the brother of another Spidey villain, Kraven the Hunter. Mysterio is an easy stand-alone villain that wouldn’t have to be back for future installments. Same goes for Shocker. The list is endless.

No way: This new series of Spider-Man movies needs to make a splash and resonated with fans that it will be taking the series seriously. Bringing in Hydro-Man or going back to popular villains the first series already used — like Dr. Octopus or Venom — ain’t gonna cut it.

Odds: 30-1.

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