After what seemed like forever, with some fans going so far as to believe that the movie would be released with zero marketing campaign, Marvel Studios have finally released the first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Though the focus was on the Web-crawler himself, how he is dealing with his new found fame, and the magical solution to his problems, it was the villains that stole the show. Doctor Octopus was the only antagonist properly shown, but there is no mistaking that this trailer is setting up the Sinister Six.
Aside from Alfred Molina’s villain from Spider-Man 2, Jamie Foxx’s Electro is already confirmed to be crossing over from the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. There were also hints and nods to the inclusion of the Green Goblin, the Sandman, and the Lizard. This, however, is just five villains, leaving one very open spot for another antagonist to join in the fun.
Spidey has one of the most celebrated rogues galleries in all of comics, and whether Marvel Studios decide to dip into either Sam Raimi’s trilogy, the Amazing Spider-Man universe, or bring in a someone new, there is no shortage of options of who can join the team.
8. Mr. Negative
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has put itself in a position with No Way Home where it can reach into any of seven previous movies, across three separate Spider-Man franchises for its villains. However, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be an original bad guy in there that has never been adapted for the silver screen before.
There is an ocean of Spidey villains that have yet to be brought to the big screen, and there is one moment in the No Way Home trailer that suggests the appearance of a very specific bad guy in the shape of Mr. Negative.
The shot that shows Peter running in his new black and gold suit appears to take place at F.E.A.S.T, the homeless shelter where Aunt May volunteers. This is run by Martin Li, a big player in New York's criminal underworld who uses the shelter as a front for his ties to the world of organized crime.
Thanks to his exposure to a particular drug he was smuggling, Li developed powers that he subsequently used to become Chinatown’s kingpin. A man of such power and stature would be a no-brainer for recruitment into the Sinister Six - with him also recently one of the main villains in Sony's 2018 Spider-Man video game.