Ever since Sam Raimi brought Spider-Man to our screens in 2002, fans have been yearning to see Peter Parker face off against the infamous Sinister Six, a collection of the biggest villains in the Spider-Man comics.
Multiple films and actors have come and gone in the years since and we’re still yet to see Spidey take on the villainous gang.
However, the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home seems to be teasing something big and confirms the appearance of several members of the Sinister Six while hinting at the arrival of a few more.
Released overnight on August 23rd/24th depending on where you are in the world, the trailer for No Way Home has been hugely anticipated, especially following an apparent leak a day earlier.
The trailer begins with Peter struggling to adjust after his secret identity was revealed by Mysterio at the end of Far From Home and so he turns to Doctor Strange for help.
He hopes that Strange can erase the knowledge that he is Spider-Man from everyone on Earth, something which Wong strongly advises against.
However, when voicing his worries about MJ, Ned and Aunt May not remembering that he is Spider-Man, Doctor Strange’s spell appears to go wrong, causing all sorts of chaos to unfold.
Confirmed villains in No Way Home
Doc Ock | Seventeen years after appearing as Doctor Otto Octavius in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, Alfred Molina is returning to the role of Doc Ock, one of the best-known villains in comic book history. His return had been rumoured for some time and was finally confirmed with a jaw-dropping reveal in the new trailer.
Green Goblin | Like Doc Ock, Willem Dafoe has been rumoured to be reprising his role and although we don’t see him properly in the trailer, the appearance of one of his pumpkin bombs and his evil cackle all but confirms his presence in No Way Home.
Electro | Jamie Foxx’s appearance in No Way Home marks the return of a villain from Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man films and while we don’t see him on screen, there’s a lot of lightning throughout the trailer which suggests that he plays a part in the film.
Potential appearances in the trailer
Sandman | During what we presume to be Electro’s scenes in the trailer, there seems to be a lot of sand floating around, potentially hinting at a return of Flint Marko as Sandman following his appearance in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.
Lizard, Venom or Kraven the Hunter | At the 2:25 mark in the trailer, we see a dark shape startle Peter from outside a window. This potential villain could be anyone or anything thing as it’s too dark to see just who or what they are.
Thanks to a monstrous growl we hear during the brief scene, fans have speculated that it could be Lizard from 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man or potentially Venom, although there are question marks about whether it could be Tom Hardy’s more recent Venom or Topher Grace’s Venom from Spider-Man 3.
A third option could potentially be Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter who was reported to be appearing in the film by FandomWire. This does seem possible as there is some orange visible among the dark shape, which does mirror some of Kraven’s suits.
Although, Kraven would be a strange addition to the Sinister Six on this occasion bearing in mind the nostalgic feeling that No Way Home seems to be targeting with past cast members returning.
A potential sixth villain
Vulture | Like Kraven the Hunter, Michael Keaton was reported to be returning to the role by FandomWire after his last appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming. There is no sign of him in the No Way Home trailer so we may have to wait until December to see if he’s the final member of the Sinister Six.
Scorpion | Michael Mando (Far Cry 3, Better Call Saul) appeared as Scorpion (aka MacDonald “Mac” Gargan) in one of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s post-credits scenes and hasn’t been seen since. A return to play a part in the Sinister Six would be a nice pay-off from that scene.
Mysterio | And finally, we come to a character who is believed to be dead, Mysterio, who was seemingly killed at the end of Far From Home. However, Mysterio is a renowned trickster and numerous fans are convinced that he somehow managed to fake his death and could therefore return to feature in No Way Home.
Whether or not we do get an appearance from the Sinister Six in Spider-Man: No Way Home remains to be seen, but the film certainly promises to be a fascinating watch regardless.
Spider-Man: No Way Home arrives in cinemas on December 17th, 2021.