WARNING, THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE INCLUDES SPOILERS FROM SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME!
Serving as the epilogue for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many fans have questions about how Spider-Man: Far From Home sets up Phase 4. With Phase 4, a notable direction Spider-Man’s franchise is heading could include the Sinister Six. Introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964), the original group of villains included Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman, Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, and Electro. So far in the MCU, we’ve established Vulture and Mysterio. Sandman was technically introduced as an Elemental but wasn’t a “real” character.
Since their introduction in 1964, the roster has changed multiple times but usually stayed the same within the comics. Most dramatic changes have appeared in other media like video games or television shows. Since Sony has expressed interest in a Sinister Six film appearance, attempted with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it makes sense why the MCU Spider-Man has fought characters associated with the team. However, who could the next member introduced in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel?
Introducing Mac Gargan
Not including Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture, A few notable villain identities were introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming. These characters were members of Toomes’ crew like Herman Schultz aka Shocker and Phineas Mason aka Tinkerer. Not involved with the crew was Aaron Davis, who in the Ultimate Universe is Miles Morales’ uncle and the villainous thief known as the Prowler. Aaron’s ex-partner is revealed to be Mac Gargan, who in the comics is well-known for becoming Scorpion.
In the MCU, Gargan is known to be unstable and responsible for multiple homicides. Gargan appears primarily in Spider-Man: Homecoming attempting to purchase illegal alien weapons from Adrian Toomes until Spider-Man intervenes. While in prison he asks Toomes about Spider-Man’s identity, expressing his desire to get revenge on Spider-Man. This Mac Gargan appears to be a composite of the 616-Universe and Ultimate Universe incarnations of the character.
Comic Book Backstory
In the 616-Universe, Mac Gargan wasn’t a criminal but instead a private investigator. Hired by J. Jonah Jameson, Gargan was tasked to discover Peter Parker’s secrets in attaining Spider-Man photos. This didn’t provide any satisfactory findings as Peter could easily evade being stalked by Gargan. Soon after, Jameson recruits Gargan for an experimental process that gives Gargan superhuman. With the purpose of defeating Spider-Man, Gargan is giving a bio-mechanical suit inspired by a Scorpion (a natural predator of spiders). The associated genetic mutation process caused Mac Gargan to become unstable and he becomes a supervillain known as Scorpion.
In the Ultimate Universe, there are two official characters called Scorpion. The first is a clone of Peter Parker stuck within a biomechanical suit that features a tail grafted to his spine. The second Ultimate Scorpion, and main MCU influence, was named Maximus Gargan. A notorious criminal on the FBI most-wanted list, he was a mob boss in Mexico searching for Aaron Davis. This brought him into conflict with Miles Morales who defeated him in order to save his uncle and his secret identity.
The Post-Credits Scene
At the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Mysterio creates an edited video in an attempt to ruin Peter Parker’s life. This video, aired to the public by J. Jonah Jameson, casts Spider-Man not only as a villain but exposes his secret identity. Now with a name to associate with Spider-Man, a character like Mac Gargan can take his revenge. It’s worth noting that Gargan mentioned he had friends “on the outside” waiting to get revenge as well. With the Tinkerer helping design equipment using alien technology, we could easily receive a Scorpion suit in the spirit of how Tinkerer created the Vulture suit.
This would bring a total of 4 potential Sinister Six members into the MCU. If rumors of an additional MCU Spidey trilogy are true, we would be on pace for a Sinister Six appearance to conclude the franchise with Spider-Man 6 in 2026/2027. This would be a crazy long-game plan but concluding Tom Holland’s run as Spider-Man with a Sinister Six storyline that may/may not end with his death (like Ultimate Peter Parker) would be a great justice to the character. This route would also provide the team to introduce an MCU version of Miles Morales as well, but that’s too far in the future to properly predict.
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