The Next Spider-Man Villain Needs to Be The Punisher
Over the last twelve years of Spider-Man movies one thing has become inescapable; Spidey just doesn't have the rogue's gallery necessary to really hold up in film any more. Personally, I suggest that we look to a hero for Peter Parker to face in his next outing, and that hero is The Punisher.
Let's consider the Big Bads at our disposal. The Green Goblin has appeared as a major antagonist in some form in three of the Sony films so far, with hints that Harry Osborne will once again return as the Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man 3. Of course, the Goblin is best-known for bringing about the death of Gwen Stacy, but aside from that he's not a really great villain because he never really remains a consistent person or threat. Norman Osborne out of costume is twice the bad guy he ever was in one, and both films series pretty much focused on killing Norman off to focus on Harry.
Then there's Doc Ock, of course, and the odds of him appearing in AM3 are nearly certain. Otto Octavius remains a fantastic opponent, and for my money Spider-Man 2 is as near-perfect a superhero movie as you could possibly make. That said, we're looking at Ock as just part of an army of bad guys, not the urbane and brilliant leading man that Alfred Molina brought to the screen.
That's the real problem... the Spider-Man films have gotten by with their antagonist mostly due to brilliant casting. Sandman is an utterly ridiculous and pointless character in all respects, but Thomas Hardy can act his way out of a steel safe and made Flint Marko into a tragic figure we could identify with. Topher Grace gave us a pretty good take on Eddie Brock, and he can be forgiven for the somewhat tacked-on nature of the Venom transformation since that was what it was. Likewise, Jamie Foxx makes a good Electro, though I dare you to find someone who can give you a really in-depth character study of Electro for any actor to live up to in the first place.
What's left is a lot of flashy ideas with no real depth to explore. Rhino? Vulture? Scorpion? Even Kraven the Hunter are all really just a generic cycle of animal themed bad guys for Parker to punch. I'd love to see Mysterio, but only to give him a set up to appear in an adaptation of Kevin Smith's Daredevil arc, Guardian Devil later on. That one's on me, Hollywood. A nice, simple, beat-em-up scene used to create the perfect Daredevil movie. You're welcome.
Instead, let's look at The Punisher, whose last film is currently the third-worst grossing Marvel adaptation after Elektra and Howard the Duck.
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