Villains in Spider-Man No Way Home: Then and Now

Spider-Man No Way Home is one of the most highly anticipated comic book movies and it’s coming out soon!

In this aricle, I will recap what happened to the villains in all since their live-action in Spider-Man movies and a summary about this upcoming Marvel movie.

What is happening in Spider-Man No Way Home?

Peter Parker, is now facing a serious issue about his secret identity being exposed worldwide by Mysterio at the end of Far From Home. In order to fix this, Doctor Strange performs a spell that goes horribly wrong and villains start breaking through, from every universe, including the possible involvement of heroes returning: Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield back in their iconic roles as Spider-Man.

In the latest trailer Doc Ock says “You’re flying out into the darkness, to fight ghosts”, and this coincides with Doctor Strange mentioning that “They all die fighting Spider-Man. It’s their fate!”. The studios clearly seem to be progressing the storylines that might have happened, if they ever made more Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies. So far, there are only 5 villains known to be in this upcoming movie.

Here is a look back of the villains’ appearances throughout previous Spider-Man movies and what happened to them.

Spider-Man villains

1. Green Goblin/Norman Osborn (Willem Dafoe) – Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man villain Green Goblin
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Green Goblin was hit by his own glider and this proved to be fatal, when facing off against Tobey’s Spidey in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (2002). Now Goblin, seems to have been pulled through to the MCU moments before his death and will back as manacing as ever to get revenge. Norman Osborn is known well for his manipulation and guilt tripping, and will once again use this on Peter, to get him to attempt to save them. There is also a new design where Norman is donning the purple hood and upgraded armour with the latest gadgets.

The trailer did show another appearance of Goblin’s design, this second image is a CGI recreation of the original Raimi-verse suit.

Spider-Man villain Green Goblin Willem Dafoe
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2. Doctor Octopus/Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) – Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man villain Doc Ock Alfred Molina
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In the final battle, Doctor Octopus plummeted to his death,at the bottom of the sea, in order to save everyone. This was Otto’s redemption arc after being an unintended enemy of Tobey’s Spidey in Spider-Man 2 (2004). It’s not clear at what point Doc Ock is taken from his timeline, as he is still attacking Tom’s Spidey in the trailer and thinks that Peter is the Raimi-Verse Spider-Man with a new suit; with the emphasis with a confused Doc Ock saying “You’re not Peter Parker!”.

Doc Ock has a huge upgrade for his tentactle design, after attacking Peter while he is wearing the nano-tech Iron Spider suit, on the bridge. Also, Alfred Molina has been de-aged. It’s unclear if Otto will remain a ‘bad guy’ throughout the movie, to once again have his redemption arc.

3. Sandman/Flint Marko (Thomas Haden Church) – Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Spider-Man villain Flint Marko Sandman
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Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man chose to forgive Flint Marko at the end of Spider-Man 3 (2007) and let’s Flint whisk away into the distance. Although, Sandman hasn’t died by the hands of Tobey’s Spider-Man yet, as mentioned earlier in the article, it’s their fate to Sandman would have eventually turned bad again and taken down by Tobey’s Spidey. It’s not clear when Sandman is pulled into the MCU. It’s likely that also Flint learns about his fate and that’s why he attacks Spider-Man once again, as the villains don’t want to return back to their worlds; to meet their ends.

4. Lizard/Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) – The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Spider-Man villain Lizard
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Andrew’s Spider-Man weakened Lizard in major fight scenes at the end of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). Lizard has a partial redemption by saving Peter and surrenders. There is still a hint of Lizard serum left in Curt Connor’s system and is still alive in a Psychiatric Hosptial. Lizard would have eventually been put down by Andrew’s Spider-Man, in his progressed story, if the sequel movies had ever happened in the Webb-Verse. It’s not yet known when Lizard is pulled into the MCU. Curt’s Lizard mutation seems to be fully restored in the latest trailer. Tom’s Spider-Man is asked to capture Lizard to put him back in his own universe, just like the other villains. Will Andrew, once again get to defeat him, if he returns?

5. Electro/Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx) – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Spider-Man villain Jamie Foxx Electro
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Electro was absolutely obliterated at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) during the intense fight against Andrew’s Spider-Man, at the power plant. It will be surprising to see how Electro is being reformed, maybe the multiverse issue resparks him back, as well as being transported to Tom’s Earth.

Electro’s appearance has a major over-haul; because now getting a yellow lightning effect to him as well as a construction outfit, instead of being blue. The villains seem to be stealing Stark Tech to upgrade themselves, in this new movie; as there is an Arc Reactor attached to Electro’s suit. Could this be what changes his appearance and makes him more deadly than ever before?

Peter Parker has a lot to go up against, however he won’t do it alone!

Spider-Man No Way Home releases in cinemas from December 15 (Check your countries release for more specific dates).

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Steven Soper
Steven Soper

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