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All The Spider-Villain Movies Coming After Venom

Venom is the first Sony-Marvel film in a planned Spider-Man villain universe – and there’s a lot more on the way. If all goes well for Sony then Venom, in theaters this weekend, will set the ball rolling for a darker version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Once The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox is complete, the world of Peter Parker and friends will be the only major segment of the Marvel canon not exclusively under their control. And, although Spider-Man is already part of the MCU, Sony has high hopes for creating their own franchise that can both stand on its own two feet (albeit with the possibility of tying it into the MCU down the line). Spider-Man remains one of the most iconic characters in comic book lore, and his most infamous foes are equally as popular with audiences thanks to the cartoon series and Sam Raimi trilogy.

Related: Is Venom In The MCU? Marvel/Spider-Man Movie Rights & Shared Universes Explained

Their current plans, which are reportedly being referred to internally as Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters, or SUMC for short, involve expanding the world of the Spidey villains into their own saga. Venom, the human-symbiote who has become one of the series’ most beloved anti-heroes, is only the starting point in these plans. Sony has a whole host of other Spider-villain movies planned. Here are the titles that are either in pre-production or are currently part of the studio’s Spider-verse strategy.

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Morbius, the Living Vampire Is The Next Spider-Man Villain Movie

In an unexpected step, Sony has confirmed that the first film to follow Venom would be one centered on Morbius, the Living Vampire, and that the lead role would be played by Jared Leto. The character was created in the 1970s when the Comics Code Authority, the industry’s censorship board, lifted its ban on depictions of vampires and the supernatural. His true identity is that of Michael Morbius, a biochemist whose experiment to cure his rare blood disorder goes awry and gifts him with vampiric abilities.

The Morbius film will be directed by Life‘s Daniel Espinosa, based on a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (writers of Gods of Egypt). on screenwriting duties. Morbius is also one of the favorite comic book characters of Avi Arad, who told Screen Rant at a Venom press junket:

We are excited about Morbius. Morbius was always one of my favorite characters. I love the story about the healer that becomes a killer, and how do you deal with it.

Audiences may get Morbius sooner than expected; Sony was last said to be eyeing a November start to production, making a 2019 release possible.

Read More: Morbius the Living Vampire: Who Is He, and What Are His Powers?

Venom 2 Is Likely Going To Happen

WARNING: Spoilers for Venom in this entry.

While we still have to wait for news of Venom’s success before sequel talk begins at Sony for real, it’s clear from the film itself that the studio is eager to establish follow-up films. In one of the two end-credit scenes, Eddie goes to San Quentin prison to interview a prisoner and comes face to face with serial killer Cletus Kasady, a.k.a. Carnage. The part is played by Woody Harrelson, who had previously worked with director Ruben Fleischer on Zombieland.

Like Eddie and Venom, Kasady becomes a host for the Carnage symbiote and proves to be far more powerful and deadly than Venom; in the comics, Carnage leads to Venom teaming up with Spider-Man to take on his uncontrollable rage. Introducing Carnage to their Spider-Man universe would be a strong way for Sony to bring Peter Parker together with Eddie Brock, or otherwise make him more of a hero in his own right.

Silver Sable & Black Cat Are Getting Individual Movies

Originally, Sony had announced plans for a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up movie, to be titled Silver and Black and released in February 2019. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of Love and Basketball as well as the pilot for Cloak and Dagger, was attached to helm the project. Now, the two characters will be given their own films and Prince-Bythewood is no longer directing, although she will still receive a producer credit.

Silver Sable (real name Silver Sablinova) is a mercenary and leader of the Wild Pack, a title she inherited from her father, who ran a Nazi-hunting team. Given the character’s roots as a Nazi hunter, it would be difficult for Sony to overlook this crucial part of her backstory. However, it could also open up many storytelling possibilities. Sony are hoping to bring on another female director for the project, but other than that, little else is known about production.

Felicia Hardy, the infamous cat burglar with the ability to produce bad luck in her enemies, is one of Spider-Man’s most popular adversaries as well as a collaborator and on-again, off-again romantic interest. Felicia was previously played by Felicity Jones in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, where she served as Harry Osborn’s assistant, but none of her extra-curricular activities fit into the stuffed movie. Black Cat will reportedly be a re-worked version of the Silver & Black script and Prince-Bythewood will remain a producer.

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Spike Lee Was Reportedly In Talks For Nightwatch

While no other films have gone as far in development, Sony has several other Spider-Man villain films in the works. Earlier this year, it was reported that Spike Lee had been in talks to direct a Nightwatch film, with a potential script from Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, although both Sony and Lee declined to comment.

Doctor Kevin Trench watched a costumed man die while battling terrorists armed with invisibility devices. When he unmasked the dead men, he was shocked to realize that it was an older version of himself. Afraid for what this meant for his future, he stole the costume and fled to a deserted island in the hopes that, if he just never wore the suit, he could avoid his own death. In more recent comics, including She-Hulk, Trench is portrayed as a wealthy philanthropist who secretly spent most of his career as a supervillain and retconned everyone’s memories of his nefarious past.

Kraven The Hunter Has A Script From The Equalizer’s Writer

One character who’s long been eyed for a solo movie is Kraven the Hunter. A Spider-Man villain who’s been rumored for inclusion in movies for years – including the MCU side – it now looks like he could be getting a solo movie at Sony. In August, it was reported that a Kraven script was being written by The Equalizer‘s Richard Wenk, although there’s been no talk of the project since then.

Kraven is one of Spider-Man’s well-known villains, remembered best for the Kraven’s Last Hunt arc which saw him travel to New York in a bid to hunt down and kill Spider-Man, then taking over as a more brutalized version. An involving story, it’s one that would definitely lend itself well to a big screen adaptation.

Read More: Who Kraven Can Hunt In His Movie Instead Of Spider-Man

Jackpot & Silk Have Movies In Development

A couple of other movies have been reported recently. First there’s Jackpot, a more recent addition to the Spider-verse, created by Dan Slott and Phil Jimenez, who only got her own mini-series in 2010. The character also has two aliases: Sara Ehret, a scientist who accidentally gives herself superhuman strength; and Alana Jacobson, who uses performance-enhancing drugs like Mutant Growth Hormone to mimic Jackpot’s powers. A Jackpot movie could open new ground for Sony and the superhero genre: Sara is a 40-something woman with a daughter while Alana is a lesbian, which could bring some much-needed diversity to the field.

There’s also Korean-American superhero Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk. Cindy first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in April 2014. Her own powers, similar to Spider-Man’s, manifested when the same radioactive spider bit her after biting Peter Parker. Unlike Peter, Silk has the ability to create organic webbing, something she has trouble controlling. She is later approached by businessman Ezekiel Sims, who offers to guide her in her newfound abilities. Cindy briefly appears in Spider-Man: Homecoming as a classmate of Peters and is portrayed by Tiffany Espensen, although the in-development Silk movie is more likely to recast.

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2018-10-08 03:10:27 – Kayleigh Donaldson

Arrow Season 7 Trailer Introduces New Villains The Longbow Hunters

A new trailer for The CW’s Arrow reveals the Longbow Hunters, a group of villains devoted to the cause of hunting downing Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). It appears that the group will be lead by the main antagonist of season 6, Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). At SDCC 2018, it was confirmed that the Longbow Hunters would be appearing in season 7.

Arrow season 6 ended with Oliver Queen taking extreme measures in his efforts to defeat Diaz and save Star City. In exchange for the FBI’s help, Oliver had to turn himself in and give up his secret identity. Oliver was sent to a supermax prison, where he will encounter enemies from his past. While Oliver takes a beating behind bars, members of Team Arrow may have problems of their own, considering that Diaz is still on the loose.

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The CW has released a new trailer for Arrow that previews what Oliver will go through in prison, the return of Diaz, and what the former members of Team Arrow have been doing since Oliver’s incarceration. Perhaps most importantly, though, the trailer also introduces the Longbow Hunters, a team of villains that was teased in the season 6 finale.

The trailer reveals the shield-carrying Kodiak (Michael Jonsson), Red Dart (Holly Elissa), and The Silencer (Miranda Edwards). All three seem to be working either for or with Diaz, who apparently hasn’t given up on his plans to eliminate Team Arrow, since the trailer shows him taking shots at René (Rick Gonzalez). In the SDCC 2018 trailer, Diaz vowed to go after everyone Oliver cares about.

As each member of the group has their own unique skill set, the four could prove to be dangerous adversaries for Oliver and his former allies. It’s possible that it will be their actions that forces Oliver to escape prison and return to his role as the Green Arrow. In season 6, Diaz was dangerous enough all on his own, so being surrounded by equally capable villains could provide him with a huge advantage.

Though the three new characters all originate from the comic books, it’s unclear why any of them would want to target Oliver. The Silencer, however, has ties to Talia al Ghul, which means that Arrow‘s version could be a former member of the League of Assassins looking to avenge Ra’s al Ghul. All three could have their own motivations for hunting Oliver, which may be revealed in the coming episodes.

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Arrow season 7 premieres Monday, October 15, on The CW.

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2018-10-08 02:10:06 – Nicholas Raymond

Marvel Killing Off a Guardians of the Galaxy Hero

Warning: SPOILERS for Marvel’s Infinity Wars

The Infinity War movie forced fans to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy die – now Marvel Comics is going to repeat the heartbreak by killing off one member of the team. And if you read the evidence right, it’s not hard to guess which Guardian will make ‘the ultimate sacrifice.’

It’s a strange time to break the news to fans that Marvel is going to be first killing, then replacing the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a full-scale reboot. With James Gunn being forced out of the series director’s chair, and at least one cast member saying he’ll quit Guardians 3 without Gunn, the future of the property stands in question. The comics have followed a different path, but find themselves in the same spot.

So, which Guardian of the Galaxy is Marvel going to kill… and will the comic reboot show how the MCU may follow suit?

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Yes, a Guardian of the Galaxy is Going To Die

These days even casual comic fans know that when it comes to superheroes, even death isn’t permanent – a major reason why fans didn’t riot when Avengers 3 killed off half the MCU. So even with Marvel announcing the launch of Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian coming in December, with a somber, de-saturated cover depicting the five core heroes (the same as the original movie team), there was some wiggle room on just how “fallen” was being used.

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With the Infinity Wars event building to its finale around the same time, even a Guardian leaving the team behind or turning to the villains’ side would be more believable than Marvel killing one off. Unfortunately, the synopsis leaves no doubt:

In the stunning climax of INFINITY WARS, one of the Guardians of the Galaxy makes the ultimate sacrifice. Look back at the life of a fallen Guardian and the empty space they leave behind in what’s left of the universe.

That tease means Guardians fans will need to pick up Infinity Wars #6 on the same day, December 19th, to see which Guardian dies for the sake of their friends and universe in the event’s big finale. On the very same day, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Andy McDonald will give that Fallen Guardian their own memorial issue… before the new Guardians of the Galaxy begins its total reboot just weeks later.

It All Leads To The New Guardians Reboot

The confirmation that an existing member of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, or Groot – won’t actually survive the Infinity Wars adds even more weight to the event. But it also helps explain the previous announcement of a new reboot for the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book. With the first image teasing that the new series, launching in January, will take just about every cosmic character into consideration, the tagline itself makes more sense than ever.

The inclusion of Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Captain Marvel, Thor, and even Galactus in the tease of a new roster grabbed the attention, but the tagline itself – “Who Are The Guardians?” – implies it’s the heroes themselves asking the question. In the wake of the coming death, the surviving team members may question everything. But how they recruit new heroes will change depending on who dies.

Especially if it’s the Guardian who Marvel seriously wants fans to expect… since they’re hinting that it’s another Guardian who actually kills the fallen hero.

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Star-Lord Will Die, Or So Marvel is Hinting

Surprisingly, the synopsis for Fallen Guardian revealing that a Guardian of the Galaxy dies in Infinity War‘s final issue makes perfect sense. Ever since the mysterious hooded figure referring to themselves as Requiem snuck up behind Thanos and cut off his head, then revealed themselves to actually be Gamora, Thanos’ daughter in disguise, the Guardians have been shattered. The sense of betrayal grew even deeper when Star-Lord tried to talk some sense into Gamora… who responded by murdering him, too.

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Luckily Doctor Strange was on hand with the Time Stone, and succeeded in reversing Peter Quill’s death. But it also demonstrated just how committed Gamora is to her current mission to kill Thanos and gather the Infinity Stones (a satisfying reversal of her death in Infinity War). She will seemingly stop at nothing to regain the piece of her soul trapped inside the Soul Stone – including murdering Star-Lord once again, which is exactly what’s shown on the cover of Infinity Wars #6. But then, comic fans know not to judge a book by its cover.

Gamora May Be The Guardian Dying, Not Killing

Not only would Star-Lord’s death be anticlimactic the second time around, it seems too big a moment to spoil on the cover. Frankly, it makes as much sense, if not more, that it’s Gamora who risks going too far and must be killed by a teammate. But judging by the synopsis of Fallen Guardian, it doesn’t sound like Gamora fans need to worry about her legacy. If she makes “the ultimate sacrifice” to bring the Wars to an end, Marvel likely has bigger plans in store than being put out of her desperation and misery.

It’s hard not to suspect that Thanos will be the one putting the doomed Guardian into their grave. Especially after Thanos Legacy #1 revealed that the villain’s death at his daughter’s hand may have been part of a larger plan. And with Duggan and Donny Cates writing that revelation together, Duggan scribing Fallen Guardian, before Cates launches the new Guardians reboot, it would make sense for Thanos to get his revenge as part of this narrative shifting of gears.

Pray For Groot & Rocket Raccoon

Of course, it must be considered that Marvel may wish to punch their readers and movie fans directly in the heart, and have either Groot or Rocket Raccoon sacrifice themselves in Infinity Wars. And with such a noble act expected least from Rocket, it’s hard to deny that such a twist would blindside readers and their emotions. Would the comic book Guardians ever continue without their furry, foul-mouthed mascot? And could Marvel fans endure one more Groot death scene after The Avengers: Infinity War?

The good news is that the tragic sacrifice and Fallen Guardian memorial issue will drop just months from now, and just in time for the holidays. Enjoy!

Infinity Wars: Fallen Guardian #1 arrives on December 19th, available from Marvel Comics.

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2018-10-07 06:10:35 – Andrew Dyce

7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It)

It’s been over twenty years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s groundbreaking pilot hit TV screens and it remains one the most beloved and influential shows of all time. The series subverted expectations, in the process shattering illusions of what people thought television was capable of. It forever altered the pop culture landscape, introducing audiences to a feminist icon they could truly identify with. The show popularized serialized storytelling at a time when TV programs were largely episodic and even changed the way that viewers talked by introducing them to “Buffy speak.”

By taking the idea that high school is Hell quite literally, Joss Whedon was able to use werewolves, witches, and vampires to explore themes of desire, female empowerment, and addiction. The writers personified feelings such as isolation, alienation and humiliation, using them to ground fantastical situations in those very real emotions.

Buffy was praised for a great many things, from snappy dialogue to clever plotting. However, one of the most vital elements of Whedon’s magnum opus was undoubtedly the amazing characters with which he chose to populate this world. These players were as lovable as they were relatable and the series continues to resonate with viewers of all ages. However, not all characters introduced to the series could be as awesome as Buffy, Willow, or Xander. While certain new additions had an undeniably positive effect on the series as a whole, there were also a few that BtVS would’ve been better off without.

Here are 7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It).

20 Saved – Spike and Dru

Sunnydale got its very own Sid and Nancy when Spike and Drusilla showed up in season 2 episode “School Hard”, quickly establishing themselves as the new Big Bads in town. They were never meant to last as long as they did, but stellar performances from James Marsters and Juliet Landau gave both characters a stay of execution. These two didn’t just shake up Sunnydale, but the show’s entire mythology. They were living proof that vampires were capable of genuine emotion. Their intense bond and amazing chemistry made fans fall hard for the couple. 

Spike, of course, went on to play a much larger role in the series as a whole. Writers kept finding new ways to justify his continued existence and fans never complained, because no one wanted the vampire gone.

19 Hurt – Riley

Buffy needed to move on from Angel, but did she really have to take up with “Captain Cardboard”? Riley Finn (Mark Blucas) first appeared in the season 4 premiere, “The Freshman”, and went on to hurt the show in ways almost too numerous to list.

With him came the Initiative, which remains the storyline that most BtVS fans would rather forget.

Even after the organization was no longer part of the narrative, Riley continued to overstay his welcome. Viewers were forced to deal with his constant whining and eventually, his infidelity. These were all plot points that the show could’ve done without. It was sad when Riley helicoptered out of Buffy’s life, but only because we care about her feelings. Ultimately, no one really missed him.

18 Saved – Tara

Now this is how you create a new love interest. Oz and Willow had become one of the show’s most beloved couples and fans were as heartbroken as she was over his sudden departure. Replacing the werewolf was going to be just as difficult as finding a way for Buffy to get over Angel. However, the show chose to go in a new direction entirely with Tara Maclay, who debuted in season 4 episode “Hush”. Not only was she a woman, but she also complemented Willow in very different ways than Oz had.

Not all viewers embraced this storyline initially, but Amber Benson’s performance quickly won most of them over. Before long, fans became incredibly invested in Willow and Tara’s relationship. In many ways, they became the show’s central couple, as well as its emotional anchor.

17 Saved – Anya

Much like James Marsters, Emma Caulfield earned more time on the show through her impressive performance. Her arc wasn’t meant to last much past her first appearance in season 3 episode “The Wish”.  Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins went from human to vengeance demon and back again. She was over 1100 old, but had completely lost touch with her humanity before meeting the Scoobies.

It was more than Anya’s evolution that made her special, though. She was the character who posed the questions that most people want to ask but think that they shouldn’t. Whether ruminating on love, loss, or the simple cold truth of mortality, Anya always said exactly what she meant. Even her lack of tact was charming. The former demon brought a different perspective to the group, as well as some undeniable humor.

16 Hurt – Dawn

This is kind of a tough one, because the storyline surrounding Dawn’s existence was one of the show’s best. Her introduction in the season 5 premiere, “Buffy vs. Dracula”, was particularly genius. Dawn was dropped into the series as if she had always been there, leaving viewers wondering if they had missed earlier clues of Buffy having a sister.

Dawn herself was always little more than an annoyance to most fans.

It didn’t help that Michelle Trachtenberg played the character as younger than she was. This wasn’t all her fault, as Dawn was initially meant to be portrayed by a younger actress. The main problem wasn’t season 5 Dawn anyway. In later years, writers clearly weren’t sure what to do with her, giving Buffy’s sister one ludicrous plot line after another: “Dawn’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

15 Saved – Glory/Ben

Glory is one of the greatest Big Bads ever to appear on BtVS. Debuting in season 5 installment “There’s No Place Like Home”, she brought the season-long threat to a whole new level. Glory wasn’t just another demon. She was a literal god, just trying to get back to her home sweet Hell. However, it was more than just sheer power that made Glory such a great villain. Clare Kramer’s manic performance is what really set her apart.

Introduced an episode before Glory, Ben (Charlie Weber) was serviceable enough.

What really brought depth to the kind doctor was the revelation that he and Glorificus were sharing a body.

This was one of the show’s most successful twists. Seriously, no one saw it coming.

14 Saved – Wesley

While it can be argued that the character of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was utilized far better on Angel, there’s no denying that the stuffy new Watcher was another great addition to the cast of BtVS. Debuting in season 3 installment “Bad Girls”, Alexis Denisof imbued Wesley with undeniable heart and humor, despite the character’s uptight personality.

Aside from Wesley himself, it was the dynamic between him and Giles that helped to elevate the series during season 3. We got to explore a whole new side Buffy’s Watcher. It was one thing to know about his “Ripper” past, but it was the juxtaposition of Rupert and Wesley that truly proved how awesome Giles actually was – not that we didn’t love him already.

13 Hurt – Warren

The Trio is kind of everyone’s least favorite Big Bad. However, while Jonathan and Andrew were both worthy additions to the series, Warren never had any redeeming qualities. He first appeared in season 5 episode “I Was Made to Love You” and proved himself a total creep immediately.

Although Warren started out as a punchline, he turned out to be a misogynistic monster.

Adam Busch did an excellent job of making the character incredibly unlikable, but it was Warren’s cruelty that brought season 6 to the lowest of places. “Dead Things” was one of the most brutal episodes of BtVS, and not in a good way. Plus, no Buffy fan will ever forgive him for firing the gun that took Tara’s life. Warren did a lot of damage and his character was never compelling or likable enough to outweigh that fact.

12 Saved – Oz

Fans fell in love with Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Seth Green) around the same time that Willow did. From the moment he appeared in season 2 episode “Inca Mummy Girl”, he was pretty much smitten with her – even in her Hallowe’en costume. Unlike Xander, Oz actually realized how awesome Willow was and fans were overjoyed to see her finally properly appreciated.

Oz was so beloved, in fact, that even though he left under truly awful circumstances, many viewers were still torn when he came back for Willow. A lesser character could never have remained in fans’ hearts after such indiscretions. In the end, the writers found someone even better for Willow, but it speaks volumes that so many viewers were willing to forgive Oz after he locked himself in a cage with Veruca.

11 Hurt – Veruca

Veruca (Paige Moss) made her first appearance in season 4 episode “Living Conditions”. Oz may have thought that she was pretty cool, but viewers noticed that something was off about her.

Most Buffy fans are pretty protective of Willow and no one liked seeing her relationship with Oz threatened.

It’s not that it makes no sense that something would break up Willow and Oz. They dated in high school and many such relationships do not survive the transition to college. The main issue was the werewolf herself. Veruca was kind of over the top, from her musical performances to her evil machinations. Perhaps she was meant to be a two-dimensional mustache-twirling villain. Regardless, no one mourned Veruca after Oz ended her life.

10 Saved – Mayor Wilkins

Fans were introduced to Mayor Richard Wilkins in season 3 episode “Homecoming”. Sure, he was a major Big Bad whose ascension plans would’ve left the world in ruins, but he was also incredibly polite. BtVS has often excelled at creating villains that fans still kind of rooted for. The Mayor was one of the best, and not just because he was such a formidable opponent.

Richard’s relationship with Faith gave his character real depth. Much like the love that Spike and Dru shared with one another, the Mayor’s affections for his protégée made him much more human, which in turn made viewers care more about him. Plus, Harry Groener’s pitch-perfect performance made it impossible not to enjoy Mayor Wilkins.

9 Hurt – Kennedy

Kennedy was as much of an epic fail as Riley. The writers proved that they could craft more than one great love interest for Willow, so what happened with her? Introduced in season 7 episode “Bring on the Night”, Kennedy (Iyari Limon) was spoiled, argumentative and honestly, kind of bland. The key to a great TV relationship is making both characters compelling in their own right.

While fans came to love both Oz and Tara rather quickly, you’d be hard pressed to find many Kennedy fans out there.

There was nothing about Willow’s new girlfriend to even distinguish her from the other Potential Slayers, save her bad attitude. Willow deserved better and so did fans.

8 Saved – Faith

Shaking up things from the moment she arrived in season 3 installment “Faith, Hope and Trick”, Faith Lehane was Buffy’s dark reflection. The Slayers were incredibly different from one another and yet, undeniably two sides of the same coin. Eliza Dushku’s magnetic performance brought so much passion and energy to the role, and she had no trouble fitting in with the rest of the cast.

Faith provided new depth not only for the slayer line, but also to the idea of what it actually means to be Slayer. Before Faith’s arrival, fans had never seen a Slayer go rogue. However, it didn’t matter how far Faith went. Viewers were always hoping that she could somehow redeem herself. Thanks to her time on Angel, she was given that chance.

7 Saved – Robin

Robin Wood’s (D.B. Woodside) debut in season 7 premiere “Lessons” initially painted the new school principal as another villain lurking in the shadows. However, much like the rest of the characters on BtVS, appearances are often deceiving. Not only was Robin one of the good guys, but he was also the son of New York-based slayer, Nikki. The series teased this out slowly until fans realized the truth shortly before it was revealed.

It was a pretty genius move.

Although it’s easy to hate on Robin for his sneak attack on Spike, the vampire did off his mother, so his frustration can be understood. In the end, Robin turned out to be a great addition to the Scoobies, bringing both new perspective and an actual bag of tricks to the mix.

6 Hurt – Adam

Buffy almost always managed to deliver the goods when it came to the season-long Big Bad: compelling characters, with humor and even a bit of heart. The series excelled in that moral grey area, making viewers sympathize with villainous even as they committed unforgivable acts. Sadly, Adam (George Hertzberg) was a giant exception to this success.

The ersatz Frankenstein’s monster – or Walsh’s monster, as the case may have been – first appeared in season 4 episode “A New Man”. The only cool thing he ever really did was skewer his creator, Maggie, who was also not a great addition to the series. All in all, Adam was very powerful, but a boring villain. Defeating him required a major deus ex machina, which would’ve been fine if he had been a better character in the first place.

5 Saved – Andrew

Andrew Wells, aka Tucker’s brother, initially seemed as irredeemable as Warren Mears. When we met him in season 6 episode “Flooded”, he was a whiny coward with nothing even resembling a moral compass. After Andrew returned the following year, the first thing he did was take his best friend’s life.

Most fans weren’t happy to see him again, but somewhere over the course of season 7, this changed.

Like BtVS has done with the best of its characters – most of whom, let’s be real, have done some terrible things – the show found a way to endear him to viewers. Andrew may not have exactly been instrumental in Buffy’s battle with the First, but the former villain definitely brought some levity to a fairly dark season. He also provided an excellent example of the power of compassion.

4 Saved – Kendra

Interestingly, Bianca Lawson was originally cast in the role of Cordelia Chase. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the actress was forced to take a smaller part in BtVSIf we can all just put aside her painfully awful accent, everyone can probably admit that Kendra herself was a pretty cool addition to the series.

Fans were introduced to the other slayer in season 2 installment “What’s My Line Part 1”. She appeared initially to be another enemy, but instead proved vital in saving Angel’s life. Kendra’s existence answered important questions about the slayers and it was this new line, beginning with her, that later allowed for the introduction of Faith. The juxtaposition of Kendra and Buffy was also quite interesting, as they each approached their calling so differently. She also helped Buffy see that slaying was more than just a job.

3 Hurt – Forrest

Another irritating and useless season 4 addition, Forrest Gates (Leonard Roberts) was introduced in “The Initiative”.

He was little more than a foil for Riley and Buffy’s relationship.

Forrest’s feelings for his fellow soldier bordered on obsession and there was nothing interesting about him in his own right.Riley’s other pal Graham may have been boring, but at least he wasn’t so annoying. Forrest was self-righteous and obviously had very little going on in the way of an actual life. No one mourned him after he his passing. The worst part about Forrest’s demise was that it wasn’t even the last we saw of him, because Adam chose to reanimate his husk. Even then, he was still a total drag.

2 Saved – Jonathan

Jonathan Levinson (Danny Strong) had a continuing presence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years after his first appearance in season 2 installment “Inca Mummy Girl”. He was always on the periphery, being picked on, rescued or taken advantage of. Prior to joining the Trio, Jonathan was at the center of season 3 episode “Earshot” and season 4 installment “Superstar”. The former was incredibly poignant and the latter, a hilarious change of pace.

Many fans were surprised to see Jonathan pulled by the dark side, but he never fully committed like his cohorts did. Less obviously evil than Warren and not as easily manipulated as Andrew, he eventually saw the error of his ways. Sadly, by the time Jonathan made an effort to redeem himself, it was too late. That opportunity was stolen from him by his best friend.

1 Saved – Angelus

None of Buffy’s greatest Big Bads were quite as personal or painful to witness as Angelus. Aside from the unfortunate implications of essentially punishing Buffy for being intimate with her boyfriend, there is no denying that the second half of season 2 was the show at its best. This was due in large part to David Boreanaz’s villainous turn.

Two people who were so in love destroying each other was utterly brutal and completely gut-wrenching. It also led to some of BtVS’s most empowering moments. Buffy was just a teenage girl shouldering the weight of the entire world. Feeling as though she had lost everything led to the epiphany that she still possessed what mattered most. Much of the series is about surviving life on life’s terms. More than just enduring this pain, Buffy managed to recover from it.

What new characters do you feel hurt or saved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-06 04:10:54 – Jamie Gerber

Why Venom’s Director Saved [SPOILER] For The Sequel

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Venom.

Venom director Ruben Fleischer has explained just why he saved Carnage for a sequel. The post-credits scene introduced viewers to Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, the serial killer who becomes the most dangerous symbiote villain in Marvel Comics.

In 1992, David Michelinie, Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley created the character of Carnage. Envisioned as a darker version of Venom, Carnage was created when a symbiote bonded with a convicted serial killer, a sociopath who revels in bloodshed. Carnage has become a comic book legend in his own right, a monstrous force of destruction who’s pushed every hero to the brink of madness.

Related: Venom: The 10 Biggest Spoilers

The post-credits scene for Venom revealed that Woody Harrelson is playing the part of Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who’s under arrest in San Quentin prison. He’s visited by journalist Eddie Brock, having asked Brock for the chance to tell his story, but really all Kasady wants to do is issue a threat; when he breaks out – and, Kasady swears, he will do so – he’s coming for Brock. It was a promising introduction to the character, and in an interview with IGN director Ruben Fleischer has explained why he took this approach.

“We’d like to think that this movie will expand to other movies and Carnage is, I think, the most beloved of the Venom adversaries, with the exception of probably Spider-Man. And so we definitely didn’t want to include Carnage in this first movie because it felt like we wanted to establish Eddie and Venom and so that’s why we worked having Riot as our main adversary. But the intention or the ambition was to show that there are legs for the franchise in that a fan favorite let alone played by Woody Harrelson would be something we could look forward to in the future.”

Fleischer has a point; the narrative in Venom is pretty economical, with a tightly-focused story that serves to introduce viewers to the idea of Venom and the alien symbiotes. As a result, Venom is essentially a standalone film, and that post-credits scene is really the only explicit piece of setup in the entire movie. That’s quite a remarkable approach to take, given this film is expected to launch an entire Spider-villains franchise.

Fleischer admitted that he doesn’t really know how Carnage will come to exist in the films just yet. As he pointed out, “In the comics, he’s a spawn of Venom’s and basically he and Eddie in the comics are cell mates.” Sony wanted to set Venom up as an antihero rather than an outright villain, and so didn’t want him to wind up in jail at the end of the film. “That would’ve been a bit of a bummer,” Fleischer observed. Instead, he had the idea of shooting a scene in which journalist Eddie Brock visits the prison and talks to Kasady. That sets up a fascinating new dynamic, in which Kasady is obsessed with Brock even before he’s exposed to a symbiote. It will be fascinating to see how this develops.

Notice how careful Fleischer is with his comments, though. He doesn’t actually confirm that Carnage will appear in Venom 2. Back in 2014, leaked Sony emails revealed that the studio was considering a Maximum Carnage event movie as the culmination of their Spider-villain universe. That idea may still be on the cards, and Carnage could be a far more important foe than simply the key sequel villain.

More: Maximum Carnage Can Be The Avengers Of Sony’s Spider-Villains Universe

Source: IGN



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2018-10-05 04:10:16 – Thomas Bacon

25 Crazy Fan Theories About MCU Villains (That Might Actually Be True)

In Black Panther, Killmonger showed us what a real MCU villain is capable of accomplishing. He disrupted the pattern of lackluster bad guys and gave us an in-depth backstory, an emotional connection, and a truly wicked performance. Killmonger ultimately made us fall in love with a villain and we all wanted so much more.

Now that we all got a taste of a true MCU villain, fans everywhere are trying to make connections to build backstories and fan theories for their favorite sinister baddies. They want each and every villain to rise to the standard of Killmonger and have therefore made little side stories to ensure that the bad guys remain in the spotlight.

Many of these theories are based off extremely solid evidence, while others were simply generated because they represent a scene or plot that fans want to see.

For this list though, we’re going to focus on those villainous fan theories that have so much proof that it is extremely hard not to believe them. From leaked set photos and cast interviews to little Easter Eggs and underlying plots, the figures, facts, and numbers for these theories are pretty solid.

So, get ready to join the dark side, because here are 25 Fan Theories About MCU Villains (That Might Actually Be True).

25 Thanos Waited to Collect the Infinity Stones Because He Needed to Get Rid of Odin, the Ancient One, & Ego First

Infinity War left fans with lots of questions and one of these was: Why did Thanos wait so long to collect the Infinity Stones? He clearly knew where most of them were, so why take 6 years? While many people joked about how comfortable his space throne must’ve been, one fan came up with a highly plausible theory.

Dc.marvel.jpg suggests the recent demise of Odin, the Ancient One, and Ego encouraged Thanos to get off his chair because they were the only ones with the power to stop him.

Odin and the Ancient One were protectors of universes, while Ego was an actual planet. So, now that they’re gone, do the Avengers have no chance?

24 Hela Will Resurrect Loki in Avengers 4

Since Hela is the Goddess of Death, it doesn’t make sense for her demise to mirror that of regular Asgardians – or for her to be able to perish at all. So, according to this theory, she’s still alive and will eventually resurrect her step-brother.

The theory is based off a set photo that showed actors and crew at the Durham Cathedral – the location where Thor sees his vision in Age of Ultron. In the photo, there’s the statute of the Norse god seen in Thor’s vision and a dummy of Rocket Raccoon. This has been translated to reveal that Thor and Rocket will gain access to the pool, travel to Hel where Hela is living, and bargain with her to bring Loki back to life.

23 Bucky & Scarlet Witch Will Return as the Villains They Once Were

Most people assume that the Avengers we lost in Infinity War will rise from the ashes and return again. However, one theory suggests that not everyone will come back the same.

Bucky Barnes and Scarlet Witch were not always on the side of good. They were both experiments and minions of Hydra.

Eventually, they both found the light in their heart and joined the Avengers, but what if the dusting reverses this? According to the theory, the two will return in Avengers 4 but will revert back to their evil selves. As Scarlet Witch seems to be the only one with the power to stop Thanos, this might be a problem for the Avengers.

22 Ultron is Still Alive & Will Take the Infinity Gauntlet

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter finds an Ultron head in the government warehouse. Although most people brushed it off as the head of an Ultron clone and a nice little Easter egg, others believe it could be a sign that Ultron is still alive. Ultron could pass his consciousness from robot to robot in Age of Ultron, and the only way you could tell which robot he was in was his glowing, red eyes.

Well, the robot head that Peter held in Homecoming had red eyes. So, this theory states that Ultron’s data is still in the mind stone and somehow, it’ll end up back in the robot’s body. Then, Ultron will take the Infinity Gauntlet.

21 Killmonger is Still Alive & We Saw His Son in Black Panther

Killmonger was one of the most in-depth and developed villains in the MCU, so that surely can’t be the last of him, right? This theory suggests that Killmonger was never truly defeated by Black Panther. When he was stabbed, he still had the power of the Black Panther in him and could’ve survived his wounds.

T’Challa survived a stab wound and a dive off a waterfall even after his powers were removed, so who’s to say Killmonger couldn’t do the same? Another theory also suggests that the kid that T’Challa talks to in Oakland at the end of the movie could be Killmonger’s son.

20 Thanos is Destined to be Defeated by Ant-Man & Doctor Strange Planned Scott’s Entrapment in the Quantum Realm

It was odd that Doctor Strange saw every outcome of Infinity War, yet still went with a plan that was destined to fail. However, what was even weirder was that Scott Lang entered the Quantum Realm at the exact moment that Thanos snapped his fingers.

Therefore, Reddit user theincredibleshaq, shared a theory that Scott’s presence in the Quantum Realm was an essential part of the one reality that Doctor Strange said the Avengers could win.

Strange could’ve planned the timing of Thanos’ actions and forced the snap to happen at the exact time that Scott entered the realm. Could the Quantum Realm help Scott time travel, or could he be the key to Thanos’ defeat?

19 Loki Looks Like Hela Because He Wanted Odin’s Love

The long black hair, the pointy helmet, and the green outfit – are we sure Loki’s the adopted one? Many fans have pointed out the fact that Hela and Loki look more like siblings than Hela and Thor. This fan theory provides the reason why.

During the first Thor, we see a flashback where Odin takes an orphaned Loki and the child changes from a blue Frost Giant into an Asgardian child. Later, in Ragnarok, we see that Loki has the ability to see people’s memories when he touches Valkyrie. So, what if baby Loki could see Odin’s memories of Hela when he first touched him and decided to take the appearance of his first-born?

18 Nebula Will Become Supergiant & Turn Evil

If you’re a true Marvel fan, you may have realized that there was one member missing from Thanos’ Black Order – Supergiant. Her omission from the movie is extremely odd and therefore, fans have created a theory to end the confusion.

This theory suggests that Supergiant was not in Infinity War because she has already been introduced in previous MCU movies. Since the Black Order consists of Thanos’ “children,” Nebula could potentially assume the role of Supergiant in the future. Some fans think that after becoming Supergiant she’ll side with Thanos, while others believe she’ll become someone much more powerful than the Mad Titan.

17 Red Skull Will Return to Take the Infinity Gauntlet

Red Skull making a surprising cameo in Infinity War confirmed many theories that he was still alive. However, fans aren’t done theorizing about the Hydra leader. Some people have noticed that Red Skull’s arc was very similar to Mephisto, who told Thanos how to use the Infinity Stones in the comics. Mephisto though had an ulterior motive. He watched Thanos and waited for the perfect opportunity to take the Gauntlet for himself.

Red Skull could have a similar motive and eventually make his way off his mysterious planet to take the Gauntlet.

This also explains why Samuel L. Jackson accidentally said that he’s still chasing Red Skull in an interview.

16 Ulysses Klaue Stole Bucky’s Arm

When questioned by Agent Ross, Ulysses Klaue claimed he stole his arm from Wakanda, but this makes no sense. In Age of Ultron, Klaue meets Ultron to try and sell his stolen Vibranium. It’s at this same meeting that Klaue also loses his arm. This means that when he originally went to Wakanda, he had two arms and no need for a prosthetic one. So, why would he have stolen one?

This means he most likely made another trip to Wakanda after he lost his arm. Now, the arm is a militarized, left arm that seems to match Bucky’s skin color. Why would the Wakandans need to build this, unless it was meant for Bucky?

15 Doctor Doom Will Appear in the Avengers 4 End-Credits Scene

Now this theory isn’t based off facts and has instead developed because of the wishes of the fans.

Victor Von Doom, or Doctor Doom has gone head-to-head against the Avengers in the comics and is a major villain in the Marvel universe. However, his time on the big screen is extremely lacking.

With the Disney-Fox merger, Doom’s appearance in an MCU movie isn’t completely outrageous.

Although he would most likely make the plot of Avengers 4 extremely confusing, he may be fit for an appearance in the end credits. The MCU does have a history of revealing major villains at the end of their movies.

14 Thanos Created Rocket

Back at HASCON 2017, James Gunn promised fans that they’ll learn more about Rocket’s backstory in the coming movies. He then went on to say, “It’s going to be a little different from the comics… It’s a little bit more horrible.” Gunn also said that Rocket’s origins were actually already subtly referenced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which led fans to point to one line.

In the movie, Nebula talks about how Thanos tore her to pieces and put her back together after every sisterly battle. This line is extremely reminiscent of Rocket talking about his own creation in Vol. 1. So, did the Mad Titan create Rocket?

13 Bruce Banner is Actually Loki in Disguise

Thanos teased Loki fans by saying “No resurrections this time” after he let go of the God of Mischief’s lifeless body. However, what if Loki doesn’t need a resurrection because that wasn’t his body? Bruce Banner was a little off and out-of-character throughout Infinity War. He barely acknowledged Black Widow when they were reunited, knew about Doctor Strange’s Sanctorum, understood way too much about the Infinity Stones, and couldn’t even go Hulk.

While most people believed his lack of transformation was because Hulk was scared of Thanos, it could’ve been because Bruce Banner is actually just Loki’s disguise. Loki can shapeshift and project holograms, so it could’ve all been part of his master plan.

12 Mistress Death or Thanos’ Son Will Defeat the Mad Titan

After Infinity War, it seems like there’s nothing that can stop Thanos or reverse his snap. However, fans have pointed to two people, very close to Thanos’ heart, that could potentially take him out. The first is Mistress Death. In the comics, Death holds Thanos’ heart and he would do absolutely anything to prove that they deserve to be together.

Some fans believe that Mistress Death is actually Hela and that she holds the key to stopping Thanos and saving the Avengers.

The second showstopper is Thanos’ son, Thane. In the comics, Thane defeats his father and devotes his life to fighting for good. So, could we see him introduced in Avengers 4?

11 Killmonger Was a Plant from the CIA & the World Already Knows About Wakanda’s Vibranium

Did anyone think it was a huge coincidence that Killmonger worked for the CIA? They most likely knew who he and his parents were, so maybe they were working together to infiltrate Wakanda. Killmonger was essentially trained to infiltrate countries and destabilize threats to the United States, and this is exactly what he did in Black Panther.

In the movie, Killmonger makes his way into Wakanda and infiltrated their ranks. Then, by the end of Black Panther, Wakanda opened itself up to the world in a peaceful way that benefited the US. So, maybe the US knew about Vibranium, deemed it a threat, and sent Killmonger in to ensure Wakanda was on their side.

10 The Winter Soldier was Ordered to Take Out Peter’s Parents

Geekydaddydave noticed that if you listen to the seemingly unconnected activation words used to turn Bucky into the Winter Soldier, they may hold a secret message. The string of words is “longing, rusted, furnace, daybreak, seventeen, benign, nine, homecoming, one, freight car.”

“Nine” clearly refers to Hydra, which is a Greek mythological creature with nine heads. Then, “freight car” refers to the train that Bucky fell off of in The First Avenger. “Homecoming” could reference Spider-Man’s latest film. Knowing Bucky’s past, could he somehow be linked to the assassination of Peter’s parents? As far as Spider-Man: Homecoming is concerned, we know nothing about Richard and Mary Parker, so it could be possible.

9 Yellow Jacket Will Confront Ant-Man in the Quantum Realm

Back in July 2018, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed teased that Yellowjacket may still be alive. He told Screen Junkies, “If you watch his death in the first-Ant-man, the suit is compromised… he shrinks and goes into a thing. I mean, he could be somewhere down there in that Quantum Realm.”

This caused fans to theorize that with Scott now stuck in the realm, he could potentially run into his old nemesis once again.

Fans have also voiced concerns that Dormammu might also show up in the realm. During the Ant-Man and The Wasp mid-credit scene, there was a glimpse of a smiling face in the background. While some believe it’s Thanos, others think it’s Dormammu.

8 Thanos Influenced the Creation of Ultron

During Age of Ultron, Thanos puts on the Gauntlet and says, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.” This scene caused many fans to think he orchestrated all the events that led to Infinity War. Thanos gave Loki the mind stone in The Avengers to allow him to conquer Earth. However, his real motive could’ve been to let Loki take out half of New York.

Then, he planned for the stone to end up with Stark so that he could create Ultron – another villain with plans to wipe out the human race. Each of these events could’ve been Thanos’ first attempts to destroy half the universe before he settled on his plan to collect the Infinity Stones.

7 Skrulls Have Invaded Earth and Wong is One of Them

After Benedict Wong posted a photo of himself filming Avengers 4, we all got confirmation that Wong survived the dusting. However, his image freaked some people out. In the photo, Wong has prosthetics on the back of his head and it seems as though he might be a Skrull in disguise.

The theory suggests that Skrulls invaded earth and impersonated people, making everyone believed that they survived the snap when in fact, they didn’t and were simply replaced by Skrulls. Other theories suggest that Hulk, Thor, and General Ross could also be Skrulls.

6 Thanos & the Black Order are Responsible for the Demise of Mar-Vell

Since Captain Marvel is coming out before Avengers 4, fans are scrambling to connect her to Thanos. One fan noticed Cull Obsidian had a blue, gold, and red cloth hanging off his belt in Infinity War that looks similar to Captain Marvel’s suit.

Therefore, the thought is that he defeated Mar-Vell and is wearing a part of his suit as a trophy.

Mar-Vell is a Kree warrior that was Captain Marvel prior to Carol Danvers. He has connections to Thanos in the comics and could have lost a battle to him and the Black Order in the MCU. This would provide a personal reason for Carol Danvers to help the Avengers and take down Thanos.

5 Loki Faked His Own Demise… Again

Loki is a master trickster that always has a master plan up his sleeves. That’s why it’s been so hard to accept that Loki didn’t have a plan in Infinity War. However, some fans have been quick to point out the similarities between Loki’s fall in Infinity War and his faked demise in Dark World.

Loki usually holds his weapons in his right hand. However, when he tries to stab Thanos, he uses his left hand. The only other time he’s used that hand in battle was just before he was “stabbed” by Kurse. The dagger he uses in Infinity War is also only used during his fake demise, causing many people to think Loki is still alive.

4 Odin Imprisoned Hela Because She Tried to Trade Him for the Soul Stone

This theory suggests that years ago, Odin went on a power trip and decided to claim all the Infinity Stones. He commissioned Nidavellir to create the Infinity Gauntlet – hence why Eitri had a mold for Thanos – and had another casting made as a test fit. This test cast is the one that is currently in Odin’s throne room.

However, when Odin discovered the price of the Soul Stone and learned he had to sacrifice his firstborn, Hela, he walked away from the quest. Hela though didn’t feel the same way. She understood the power of the Gauntlet and tried to sacrifice her father for the stone. Odin eventually won the battle and banished Hela to Hel.

3 Thanos Did Not Survive Infinity War & One Half of Him is in Each Universe

Thanos said that he was the last of his kind – the Eternal Titans. So, by the rules of the Infinity Gauntlet, shouldn’t half of him disappeared when he snapped his fingers? This theory suggests that one half of Thanos’ consciousness didn’t survive the dusting. Therefore, there will be two projections of Thanos – one in the real world and one wherever the missing Avengers end up.

So, based on this theory, the Avengers will have to battle the Mad Titan twice.

Another theory suggests that Thanos didn’t survive Infinity War at all, and the vision of him with little Gamora is a glimpse of him in a heaven-like realm.

2 All the People Vanquished by an Infinity Stone will Return – Including Ronan

It’s highly likely that the people that were dusted are going to return since many of them still have solo movies planned in the future. However, what if everyone that was ever affected by an Infinity Stone came back to life? This would mean that we could see Ronan return and potentially take down Thanos.

We might also see Red Skull return from Vormir and land back on Earth. This would create another threat for the Avengers as they attempt to reverse the events of Infinity War. However, Red Skull might do them a favor and go after Thanos and the Infinity Stones himself.

1 Loki Has Been Orchestrating Everything Since the Battle of New York

This theory suggests that Loki is a true mastermind and has been orchestrating everything in the universe since he lost the battle in New York. According to the theory, the God of Mischief schemed and planned the rest of the MCU’s timeline after he learned that he was losing New York in The Avengers.

He ultimately planned on Thanos finding the Infinity Stones and destroying half of the universe. Then, he predicted that the Avengers will need to use time travel to save the day, and therefore he’ll have a second chance to win the battle. Although we’ve all considered Thanos to be the biggest villain in the MCU, he might just be Loki’s little puppet.

Do you have any other theories about MCU villains? Let us know in the comments!





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2018-09-30 07:09:25 – Jessica Andrews

Batman: 10 Villains Way Stronger Than The Joker (And 10 So Much Weaker)

With the reveal of even more photos and information from the set of Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s untitled Joker movie, it seems like the ideal time to delve into more details about Batman’s greatest foe.

The Joker may just be the greatest supervillain of all time. Although he has been misused, most of the time he’s portrayed as the engaging sadistic sociopath that he’s been since Batman #1 in 1940. Due to his iconic look, vicious sense of humor, and adoration of chaos, the Joker is usually a safe bet as a movie antagonist. Most of the time he’s best used as a mysterious figure no one can quite understand, as in The Dark Knight.

The Joker isn’t seen as one of the best villains of all time because he’s incredibly strong, or even because he has a master intellect; he’s such a formidable opponent because he has no rules and or moral limitations. Although he could almost definitely maneuver himself out of a fight with some of Batman’s other foes, he just doesn’t stack up to some of the characters found on this very list.

This list of Batman’s supervillains that are stronger or weaker than the Joker takes into account every iteration of all these characters. It’s therefore impossible to know for sure who would win in a battle of brawn or wits, but it’s not outlandish to take an educated guess.

Without further ado, here are 10 Villains Way Stronger Than The Joker (And 10 So Much Weaker).

20 Stronger: Deathstroke

There’s a reason why it took Arrow‘s Oliver Queen so long to defeat Slade Wilson and make him an ally. It’s because he is a genius tactician, an absolute master of martial arts and all sorts of weaponry, and he even has some healing abilities in certain comic storylines.

Wilson, AKA Deathstroke, has been a major antagonist for not only Green Arrow and Batman, but also the Teen Titans, and the Justice League.

Although the Joker has his own level of intellect, as well as insane personality, Deathstroke would take him down due to how brutal and persistently ruthless he can be. Deathstroke is a hunter at heart and would find a way to capture Joker in a particularly painful trap.

19 Weaker: Killer-Croc

Like Bane, Killer Croc has practically every physical advantage over the Joker. Not only is he always portrayed as incredibly strong and vicious, but he also has the features and abilities of a crocodile. That means he has the teeth, the claws, and the ability to breathe underwater for extended periods of time.

One thing Killer Croc doesn’t have is much in the way of a brain. He’s seldom shown much cunning and therefore is usually a lackey for other characters, as seen in both in the television shows, the Suicide Squad movies, and the comics. The Joker would have a lot of fun finding a way to destroy Croc is the most creative way he could imagine. After all, Joker loves taking advantage over those he considers dumber than him.

18 Stronger: Ra’s al Ghul

In some incarnations of Ra’s al Ghul, particularly those in the comics and Batman: The Animated Series, “The Demon’s Head” is literally immortal. Every time he got an injury, an illness, or just wanted to extend his youth, he’d enter the Lazurus Pit and continue to prosper. In Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, where he was played by Liam Neeson, Ra’s is an expert martial artist, skilled in many ancient ways of fighting.

He also has a massive organization behind him that bows to his every whim.

In the comics, Ra’s has been able to learn an amount of knowledge worthy of a lifetime or three. For all these reasons and more, Joker just wouldn’t stand a chance against him.

17 Weaker: Two-Face

In The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan and his team of writers came up with an interesting take on Harvey Dent’s transformation into Two-Face. In it, Two-Face was created by the monstrous games of the Joker. This decision could have taken them down a road where Two-Face exceeded the evil of the Joke, but that wouldn’t be realistic.

In all the incarnations of Two-Face, he follows a very strict moral code: chance. This is why he bases his decisions on the flip of a coin. The Joker needs no coin. He has power over people who cling to schemes or even to chance because he is completely unpredictable. This gives him a massive step-up on a rival villain like Harvey Two-Face.

16 Stronger: Bane

If you’re purely basing Bane on his representation in Joel Schumacher’s horrific Batman & Robin, there’s no way that he’d stand a chance against the Joker. The Clown Prince of Crime would simply find a way to avoid Bane in a one-on-one battle in order to lure him into a fatal trap. Bane was far more complex in the comics, as well as in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Although he may not have been as intriguing of a villain as the Joker, he was almost certainly stronger and far more connected.

Bane has a genius intellect and is beyond physically powerful.

There’s no way that the Joker would last long if Bane used his full physical and mental force against him.

15 Weaker: Scarecrow

Scarecrow has been presented in a few different ways since he first appeared in World’s Finest Comics #3 in 1941. He was portrayed as an unhinged doctor in Batman: The Animated Series and Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, a far more lethal psychopath in the Arkham Asylum video games, and even in Fox’s Gotham.

Usually, he’s one of Batman’s most frightening villains, especially since he tends to use a fear toxin that makes people hallucinate their worst nightmares. This gives him a significant advantage over many villains and superheroes alike, but not the Joker. In the comics, Joker is impervious to toxins as his immune system built up protection against them once he had his accident. Without this upper hand, Scarecrow just isn’t as insane and chaotic as Joker.

14 Stronger: Poison Ivy

Similar to how Joker is immune to Scarecrow’s toxins, Poison Ivy is impervious to Joker’s famous laughing gas and acid spray. In fact, she’s practically immune to everything. That’s one of the best weapons she has at her disposal since it allows her to easily experiment with making toxins for use against her own enemies.

Ivy may not be able to harm the Joker with many of her concoctions, but in some comics, she’s able to control plant-life.

She can even make plant-beings which can be used as her own personal bodyguards.

These supernatural powers would give her the edge in a battle with Joker, even though she’s not nearly as downright unhinged as he is.

13 Weaker: Riddler

When it comes to formulating a strategy, The Riddler may just be the most cunning of Batman’s enemies. It’s one of the reasons why he’s so popular amongst DC fans. Even with Jim Carrey’s unhinged Edward Nygma performance in Batman Forever, the character just doesn’t rival the Joker.

Riddler is a schemer– someone who delights in showing off his mental prowess in an assortment of sadistic mind games. Joker doesn’t care about any of this. He’s a wild card. He’s someone that will break any and every rule to get what he wants. Though their physical abilities may be similar, if the two faced each other, the Joker would undoubtedly destroy the Riddler by any means necessary.

12 Stronger: Catwoman

Catwoman has undoubtedly been bested by the Joker in a couple storylines in the comics. The same can also be said the other way around. In fact, they are usually a good match for one another for various reasons. However, it’s safe to presume that Catwoman would have a slight advantage over the Joker, even with her obvious disadvantage; her heart.

Catwoman is a trained ninja.

She dwells in the shadows and uses her acrobatic skills to be one of the most agile characters in the Batman stories. She also doesn’t seem to have an issue disposing of the evil men that get in her way. Though the Joker would successfully play mind games with her, she would have the upper hand.

11 Weaker: Deadshot

How would the Joker possibly beat the man who is easily one of the greatest marksmen in all of comic book history? Well, he would find Deadshot’s weakness and use it against him. And Deadshot’s weakness isn’t that hard to find. After all, it’s the only thing that truly holds him back from being a downright horrible person. It’s his daughter.

The Joker has no issues hurting the young and the innocent to get what he wants. This is something that Deadshot just won’t do and everyone knows it. Sure, Joker would have a hard time against Deadshot’s bullets without a suit like Batman’s, but Joker plays far dirtier. Not only would he beat Deadshot, but he’d also find a way to make it last.

10 Stronger: Talia Al Ghul

There will be fans who would argue that the Joker would beat Talia al Ghul in a battle, but they aren’t considering just how well trained Talia is in the ways of The League of Assassins/Shadows. Talia is, without a doubt, Ra’s al Ghul’s protege. He taught his daughter absolutely everything he knows. Not only that, but the League knows just how valuable of an asset she is to them. They will also do anything she commands of them.

Talia is an all-out genius, as well as highly skilled in hand-to-hand combat and all manners of weapons, especially swords.

Joker may prove a match for her, but she’d soon beat him into submission.

9 Weaker: Man-Bat

Dr. Kirk Langstrom was a zoologist specializing in chiropterology, who aimed to give humans the sonar ability that bats have. Much like in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Langstrom tested his sonar serum on himself. Although the serum gave him his desired sonar ability, it also turned him into a giant, monstrous human/bat hybrid: Man-Bat.

Whenever Langstrom, his wife, or anyone else takes the formula, they gain the ability to fly, manipulate sound, echolocate, and also have superhuman strength and particularly sharp claws. They also lose their intelligence and gain an uncontrollable aggression, which makes them particularly vulnerable to those who can lure them into a trap. For this reason, the Joker is absolutely stronger than this nightmarish creature.

8 Stronger: Hush

The thing about Hush is that he can hide almost anywhere he chooses to. He’s willing to put himself through the most brutal of plastic surgeries to physically appear like anyone, even Bruce Wayne himself. This gives him the all-important element of surprise as well as enhances his skill of using other people’s abilities against them. These qualities matched with his genius-level intellect, planning skills, and expert marksmanship allow him to have the edge over Batman and many of his most dangerous foes, including Joker.

Hush holds particularly strong grudges against those who cross him.

If Joker were one of those people, he’d have a nearly impossible time bringing down this psychotic masked-villain.

7 Weaker: Mad Hatter

Jervis Tetch, AKA The Mad Hatter, may be an unnervingly creepy villain with skills in neuroscience and mind control, but a lot of the time he feels like he’s a bit out of his element. The guy is certainly unhinged and boasts an utterly obsessive personality, but he’s no Joker. In fact, he can’t even compare with him physically.  Joker isn’t known as being the strongest Batman villain, but he’d have no trouble subduing the scrawny Mad Hatter.

That’s not to say that Mad Hatter isn’t a formidable opponent. The way he controls people’s minds is particularly wicked and effective, but he just doesn’t have the edge that the Joker has. Now, if the two were able to combine their skill sets, they may just be one of the most powerful villains ever.

6 Stronger: Harley Quinn

Some fans may claim that there is no way that Harley would be able to beat the Joker permanently. However, in some comics, she’s beaten him momentarily. This was due to her skills as a fighter and being able to take the Joker by surprise. What tends to hold Harley Quinn back is her unhealthy relationship with her abusive partner. The Joker has a sick hold over her that stops her from attacking out on hurt feelings she may be experiencing. This gives the Joker an advantage.

As soon as Harley breaks free from her “puddin’s” psychological control, she wouldn’t have much of a problem kicking his butt.

In fact, she’d excel at it due to her pent-up rage over the way he’s treated her.

5 Weaker: Penguin

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, AKA The Penguin, dates back to Detective Comics #58 in 1941, making him one of the oldest Batman villains. He is undoubtedly a criminal mastermind who usually has a few weaponized umbrellas at his side, but he’s not the Joker.

Penguin is better at manipulating from behind the scenes than he is on the battlefields, but even then, he’s somewhat predictable. He knows what he wants and will plan and plot until he gets his way. The Joker, on the other hand, doesn’t care about any of this and prides himself on living in chaos. There are no rules for him. Joker would infiltrate Penguin’s organization, no matter how powerful, and bring him down in a pinch.

4 Stronger: Clayface

There have been many characters who have taken on the role of Clayface. They include Matt Hagen, Basil Karlo, Sondra Fuller, Ethan Bennett, and Preston Payne. Though the person behind each Clayface is different, the monster’s abilities remain the same.

Clayface can maneuver his body any way he pleases.

He can expand himself into a hulking mass, as well as slip through the tightest places. This is done by solidifying himself or turning himself into a liquid substance by sheer will. Additionally, he can shapeshift into anyone he chooses. If he doesn’t want to go to all that trouble, he can turn his limps into massive weapons. Joker may generally be smarter than Clayface, he would be completely outmatched by the powers that he possesses.

3 Weaker: Ventriloquist And Scarface

The Ventriloquist (Arnold Wesker) and his dummy, Scarface, are certainly criminal masterminds. They’ve run all sorts of lucrative criminal empires and generally creeped people out with just their presence, but the Joker is much better at doing both of these things himself.

Wesker does have a violent dissociative identity disorder which makes him somewhat psychotic and a threat to those who cross him, but again, he doesn’t match up to the Joker. Although Scarface doesn’t seem to be scared by much, the Joker would certainly intimidate him. He’d also particularly enjoy tormenting Arnold by destroying Scarface slowly. He’d find it particularly fun to toy with Arnold’s strange allegiance and protective nature toward his dummy. Eventually, Joker would drive Arnold utterly insane.

2 Stronger: Darkseid

Technically Darkseid is a Superman, Forever People, and Justice League villain, but he’s come up against The Dark Knight many times before. In fact, in the comics, Darkseid has admitted his admiration for Batman’s strength of character, something he wouldn’t say for Superman or Wonder Woman. Darkseid probably wouldn’t say that to the Joker either, as the two generally have very different goals and perspectives.

As for who would beat who in battle, well, Darkseid certainly has the obvious edge, since he is one of the most powerful beings in all of DC Comics.

The alien being has the ability to teleport, fly, manipulate energy and matter, and is immortal. Not to mention, Darkseid has superhuman strength and speed. Joker just wouldn’t stand a chance.

1 Weaker: Black Mask

This former businessman, now a crime boss and cult leader, is certainly one of Batman’s most underrated and highly dangerous foes. Though he’s appeared in various comics, animated shows as well as Fox’s Gotham, Black Mask hasn’t yet made it into the mainstream lexicon. Of course, that may change with his reported appearance in the next Harley Quinn movie, Birds of Prey.

Black Mask has endless connections and sources of revenue to fund some truly deadly assassins to come to his aide. He basically could raise an army if he chose to. But if you put him head-to-head with the Joker, he’s just not crazy enough to come out on top against The Clown Prince of Crime.

Who do you think is stronger than the Joker in Batman? Let us know in the comments below!



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2018-09-27 03:09:29 – Dylan Parker

15 CGI Villains That Hurt Their Movies (And 10 That Saved Them)

Blockbuster movies ditched costumes and puppets for the easier route of creating creatures and effects with layers upon layers of CGI sometime in the ’90s, and action heroes have been acting against tennis balls ever since.

You can blame James Cameron for that, as he pioneered the use of CG with Industrial Light and Sound for his 1989 movie The Abyss. The early effect of a liquid, shape-shifting alien hasn’t exactly aged like fine wine, be Cameron later perfected the effect for his 1992 Terminator sequel.

After this, blockbuster movies were changed for good. Action superstars like Stephen Spielberg and Roland Emmerich quickly followed Cameron’s lead, combing practical effects with CGI in iconic movies like Jurassic Park and Independence Day. Nowadays, some studios ditch sets, stunts, and even costumes in favour of green screens and motion-capture.

Of course, it doesn’t always work out for the better. We’ve seen some leaps and bounds in movie technology in recent years, but sometimes a particularly unconvincing movie antagonist forces us to check our calendars to make sure we’re not living in the early 2000s.

Whether they’re a blurry behemoth that look more like a video game bosses than like tangible threats or mishandled attempts to recreate the practical effects of villains of yesteryear, there have been a few recent disasters that should be added to the list of worst CG blunders.

Here are the 15 CGI Villains That Hurt Their Movies (And 10 That Saved Them).

25 Hurt: Indominous Rex – Jurassic Park

Dinosaurs were perfected back in 1993 with the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Sure, those Brachiosaurus are a little rubbery, but have you ever seen a better looking dino than the iconic T-Rex in the rain? Didn’t think so.

The long-awaited sequel Jurassic World tried to up the prehistoric ante with a new dinosaur, a genetic hybrid of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a velociraptor.

Not only does the I-Rex cut all of the rules of Jurassic Park to shreds, but it’s also a weak replacement for disgruntled predator that started it all.

24 Saved: Sightless Creatures – A Quiet Place

John Krasinski shocked us all this year with a horrific premise straight out of an episode of The Twilight Zone, which was combined with some convincing family dynamics, all wrapped up with a bow of bite-your-nails thrills.

The world of A Quiet Place has been overrun by an invading force of fast, agile, and hungry aliens who sense their environment through sound alone.

The movie already had legs with its nearly completely devoid of dialogue premise, but it would have stopped working the second an unconvincing CGI creation lumbered on screen. Luckily, the effects were top notch, and the movie was even more scary for it.

23 Hurt: Mega-Kaiju – Pacific Rim Uprising

Guillermo Del Toro made a welcome return to blockbusters in 2013 with Pacific Rim, a Hollywood take on Japanese monsters and robots.

It was familiar and fun, and was just fresh enough to become a surprise hit of the summer. Sadly, the reception to its sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, hasn’t been so warm.

Aside from its incomprehensible plot and awkward humor, the third act big bad came in the form of the Mega Kaiju, an ugly mutation of three smaller Kaiju that threatens John Boyega and his team of Jaegar pilots.

Unfortunately, it looked like something Godzilla barfed up after a day of destruction during the events of a much better movie.

22 Saved: Davy Jones – Pirates of the Caribbean

Let’s be honest here, the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels are a bit of a mess.

No, not just the last two, in which Johnny Depp has been competing with his own character to see who can be the bigger scumbag. However, the second and last part of that original trilogy are bloated, goofy, and a bit of a waste of time.

It was lucky, then, that Dead Man’s Chest features potentially the most convincing CGI humanoid baddie ever put to screen.

Bill Nighy’s Davy Jones is a revelation, especially for a movie that came out in 2006.

21 Hurt: Xenomorph – Alien: Covenant

Movie-making in the ’70s was a little different from what we’re used to today.

For a start, when you wanted a rag-tag crew of space-faring crew members to be terrorized by an intergalactic assassin, the director actually had to find a 7 foot tall guy to wear possibly the most impractical suit ever put to screen.

That said, it looked great. However, while plenty of big blockbusters have made CGI alien creatures look hideously realistic, Alien: Covenant was not one of them.

It’s always a bad sign when the effects look worse than a movie made more than thirty years ago.

20 Saved: Gollum – The Lord of the Rings

Gollum is the character that made Andy Serkis a living legend.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a cinematic landmark, not least because it’s the middle chapter of the best fantasy epic we’ve ever seen.

For scenes featuring Gollum, Peter Jackson and his team devised the first ever real-time motion capture system, in which the actions of Andy Serkis were fed directly into a character skin, which would mimic his performance.

Without this influential character, we wouldn’t have the array of impressive CG characters we love in movies today, and Gollum still holds his own against the best of them.

19 Hurt: Steppenwolf – Justice League

Justice League was DC’s chance to put some of the most iconic characters in history on screen together for the first time.

Sure, Batman v Superman wasn’t exactly what we had hoped for, but with a meatier role for Wonder Woman and the long-awaited introductions of Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg to the big screen, we all had our fingers crossed for something special.

It’s just a shame that the first threat was a big metal doofus with a face that would look right at home in a Tomb Raider game for the PlayStation 1.

Nobody cared about Steppenwolf before we saw the movie, and after seeing it, he’ll only be remembered as the lump of computer code spewing bad lines taken from your younger brother during his Dungeons & Dragons phase.

18 Saved: Shere Khan – The Jungle Book

Remaking Disney classics is a risky business for the monolithic studio.

Some of them rekindle a little spark of the same magic we felt as kids when we were watching our favorite animated fairy tales. Others make us wish that we had just stayed home and put on our Blu-Ray copy of the original.

The Jungle Book is, so far, a rare example that manages to expand on the original without adding a bunch of unnecessary plot threads.

Idris Elba as Shere Khan is also a big part of why that movie works so well, as he appears as an animated king of the jungle that would eat the tiger from The Life of Pi for breakfast and still have room for man cubs.

17 Hurt: Dormammu – Doctor Strange

The visual effects for Doctor Strange are actually one of the more impressive feats of the movie.

It’s largely disposable as an origin story, but a trippy venture through kaleidoscopic alternate realities that borrowed visuals from your dad’s record collection was undoubtedly a highlight.

However, things took a downward spiral when it came time for Stephen Strange to face off against his inter-dimensional foe, Dormammu, a colorful face in the sky that recalled unpleasant memories of the cloudy Galactus from the Fantastic Four movie we don’t talk about.

Let’s hope that he gets a more tangible presence in the sequels.

16 Hurt: Enchantress and Incubus – Suicide Squad

Here’s something that infuriates us year after year – floating heads on a CGI body.

Sure, it’s necessary for characters like Iron Man, and we can’t exactly ask Henry Cavill to lift his muscular physique hundreds of feet in the air for real, but Suicide Squad went too far.

Cara Delevingne’s face super-imposed onto a near-clothless, jarring CGI body, decorated only with an equally terrible CGI headdress and top is just too much for our uncanny valley-averse brains to handle.

Throw in a big CGI lummocks, Incubus, as a plodding, computerized henchman, and it becomes one of the worst super- powered blow outs we’ve ever seen.

15 Saved: The MUTOs – Godzilla

Loved it or hated it, but most moviegoers had pretty much the same immediate opinion walking out of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot: “wow, that last 20 minutes was awesome.”

While we can’t technically list Godzilla as a villain, every Godzilla movie needs an equally powerful Kaiju to throw down with.

The MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) serve that purpose fantastically and, even though we were kind of touched by their long distance love story, we couldn’t help but cheer when our favorite giant lizard hurled a lightning bolt loogie down one of their throats.

Check out the latest trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters for more evidence that this franchise has some of the best CG baddies in the biz.

14 Hurt: Ghosts – Ghostbusters (2016)

We weren’t among the nay-sayers who immediately turned our noses up at the idea of a female-led Ghostbusters movie, primarily because we’ll watch literally anything that Kate McKinnon is in.

Unfortunately, though, the movie was a dud, despite some spirited performances from its four leads that failed to resurrect any humor back from the long-buried franchise.

While the movie is full of cringey improv that miss the mark on practically every punchline, it didn’t help things when the team of ecto-exterminators traversed a parade of ghoulish visual effects that would look more appropriate in a Scooby Doo cartoon.

13 Hurt: The Lizard – The Amazing Spider-Man

Put your hand up if you were just a little bit excited for 2012’s Spider-Man reboot. It’s okay, we’ve all been foolish before, but, the important thing is that we’ve learned from our mistakes, and so has Sony (hopefully).

The prospect of finally seeing one of Spidey’s earliest villains, The Lizard, come to life after being teased throughout Sam Raimi’s classic trilogy was, admittedly, every fan’s dream.

We’ve certainly seen worse, but the fact that the effects team made the bizarre choice to remove the Lizard’s snout made every action scene unintentionally hilarious.

We also couldn’t help being annoyed that he only wears his lab coat like he does in the comics for about two seconds.

12 Saved: Smaug – The Hobbit

Somehow a movie trilogy managed, simultaneously, to have some of the worst CGI ever put to film alongside some of the best.

The first movie brought back Gollum, which was likely the last we’ll ever see of the character that made Andy Serkis the actor he is today, looking better than ever.

When the company of dwarves and their hobbit and wizard companions finally reach Mount Erebor to meet Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch leans in and gives it his all, lending a wicked personality to the CGI dragon that is already the most lifelike we’ve seen on film.

The mo-cap magic makes his appearance in the third act of The Desolation of Smaug worth sitting through all that nonsense running around the caves, but it’s a terrible pity he’s dispatched so early to make room for more terrible CGI action in part three.

11 Hurt: Juggernaut – Deadpool 2

No, we’re not going to turn around and say that Vinnie Jones’ portrayal of Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand was better than what we got for Deadpool 2.

That said, it felt a little off-brand for the Merc with the Mouth’s second entry in a franchise that built itself on being the scrappy little, foul-mouthed superhero parody that could, to descend into a mindless CGI throwdown.

It didn’t break the movie, but with the new version of Colossus already looking just a little creepy, watching Deadpool go toe-to-toe with another computerized strongman was just a bit too much.

10 Saved: Supreme Leader Snoke – The Last Jedi

Casting Andy Serkis for this role was a no-brainer, as we’ve hopefully made obvious from our glowing praise of his pioneering performance as Gollum.

Yes, you might have been a little let down by the way his early demise was handled in Rian Johnson’s divisive movie, but his part was integral for the film’s rejection of the franchise’s past traditions in favour of breathing life into its new characters.

Not only does Snoke represent the movie’s themes of letting go of the past, but his his torturous scenes with Rey are just as scary as any face-off Luke had with the Emperor in the original trilogy.

Thankfully, Snoke wasn’t as much of a disappointment as he could have been.

9 Hurt: Calvin – Life

Life was all set to treat Alien fans to a quality imitation after last year’s Covenant let so many of its devoted followers down.

Sadly, though, it didn’t contain a plot quite so ridiculous and convoluted as Ridley Scott’s prequel to the original and sequel to the prequel. The plot that it did have was pretty limp and lifeless for a movie called… well, you get it.

Though the cast of Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, and Rebecca Ferguson are far better than the movie deserved, the star of the show is Calvin, a rapidly growing organism that starts to feast on the very space-farers that discovered it.

Unfortunately, the movie’s concept artist seemed to draw heavy inspiration from the plastic bags that drift down his street when the wind is blowing in the right direction.

8 Hurt: The Scorpion King – The Mummy 2

Most of you will know The Rock for being that charismatic hunk whose presence makes terrible movies slightly more bearable to watch. However, his movie career wasn’t always the string of mega-hits that it is today.

His first venture into mainstream movies was a rather embarrassing appearance in the unintentionally hilarious action-horror sequel, The Mummy Returns.

Cut them some slack, though – it was 2001. However, this rubbery approximation of The Rock’s torso, with a face smirking like a Street Fighter character, crammed onto the front of a gigantic scorpion will haunt our dreams to this day.

7 Saved: T-1000 – Terminator 2

We’re maybe cheating a little here by including a villain who spends most of his movie being played by a real actor (Robert Patrick). However, the T-1000 absolutely deserves a mention for being an integral part of CGI history.

As a Terminator made entirely of liquid metal, it stalks Sarah Conner’s son, John, imitating his family and taking out anyone who stands in his way, before a re-programmed T-800 makes his triumphant return.

Most of the effects are simple additions of spears that form at the end of his arms, but his fully liquidized form, including a scene in which he slips through the bars of a prison security door, are just as impressive now as they were in 1992.

6 Hurt: Doomsday – Batman v Superman

Doomsday is the endgame, a frighteningly powerful comic book creation that is a rare creature that can best Superman in a brawl without the help of Kryptonite.

It took out Superman (briefly) in a comic storyline that shocked the world… until it was resurrected mere issues later.

The movies took a similar route, though, in this case, this on-screen Supes was KO’d in literally the second movie he’s ever appeared in, so the surprising twist ending was met with a disinterested shrug.

Perhaps if this cinematic rendition of the biggest threat Superman has ever faced one-to-one looked more like his bony comic counterpart and less like a Lord of the Rings troll crossed with a wet potato, the movie’s conclusion might have had a bit more impact.

5 Hurt: Hemocytes – I Am Legend

I Am Legend proved a big hit for fans of Will Smith, but the more bookish types among us who already knew the story from Richard Matheson’s book of the same name were less impressed.

It’s a perfectly serviceable tale of survival during the last days of Earth starring Smith as, seemingly, the planet’s last known inhabitant.

However, things take a turn for the CG when he becomes prey for a group of mutated humans known as Darkseekers, or Hemocytes.

The movie received some criticism for its shoddy creature effects, but we caught a glimpse of what could have been when a creepy make up test was released after the movie that revealed how the creatures could have looked (hint: better) had the effect been achieved with prosthetics.

4 Hurt: T-3000 – Terminator Genisys

The most recent Terminator sequel was a messy attempt to reconfigure a bunch of scraps left over from the previous two disasters, but it only succeeded in making things worse for the franchise.

Perhaps its most egregious mistake was turning John Connor, a character we’ve come to know and love from Eddie Furlong’s iconic performance, into the very thing he grows to despise.

In any other movie, this heavy-handed reveal could have worked as an ironic twist of fate, but unfortunately it came at just the wrong time – after the audience have already sat through an hour and a half of Terminator: Genisys.

Add to that the fact that a Terminator comprised of machine-phase matter sounds like more of a shrug than an explanation for a terrible design choice, and you have the worst Terminator model yet.

3 Saved: Thanos – Avengers Infinity War

Although clever filmmakers will combine some practical effects with the digital to trick our eyes into believing something is really there, interacting with the environment, Thanos is never not completely rendered by a computer and yet he has the most presence of anyone in the entire movie.

Perhaps most impressive feat is the face of the Mad Titan, which rejects the MCU’s previous designs for the character and really leans in to the face behind the performance, the face of Josh Brolin.

Every facial tick and minute expression is recorded and translated with perfect clarity.

Beyond the movement, just look closely next time to watch it and you’ll notice that, by the end of the movie, Thanos is starting to grow stubble. This is an astonishing level of detail, and it’s crazy to think that technology is only going to get better from here.

2 Hurt: Ryuk – Death Note (2017)

If you love anime, there’s a reasonably high chance that Death Note was your gateway into the world of Japanese cartoons.

We were all thrilled by the idea of a live action adaptation and, though casting announcements and the planned move away from Japan to America had us gritting our teeth in preparation of a stinker, the casting of Willem Defoe as the Shinigami, Ryuk, seemed too perfect to mess up.

However, they still managed to mess it up. Sure, Defoe’s voice is a natural fit, with every line creaking like the loose floorboard you always step on after dark, but the supreme actor is barely utilized.

It’s also a strong indicator of a lousy CG character when he spends the majority of the movie hiding in the shadows, just out of frame.

1 Saved: Koba – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The rebooted Planet of the Apes trilogy has rested on the shoulders of Andy Serkis, as his biggest, most daring role after he brought Gollum to life.

One could argue that, given that these movies will eventually lead to the extinction of human life, his character Caesar is a villain in himself, but we can’t help but root for him.

Luckily, a rival to Caesar rises through the ranks of the talking apes – Koba, a violent bonobo who thinks Caesar is just a little too soft towards his human opponents.

This conflict drove Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to its bloody conclusion, made even more riveting by the terrific work by Toby Kebbell, a worthy successor to Serkis’s mo-cap innovation.

Are there any other CGI villains we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comment section!



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2018-09-21 04:09:59 – Lucas Hill-Paul

25 Star Trek Characters Reimagined As Villains

The Star Trek franchise has had some pretty incredible villains. From Khan to the Borg to the Dominion and back to the Borg, Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic series about an idealized version of humanity certainly has its dark moments. For the most part, however, Star Trek‘s main characters have all been pretty married to the straight and narrow.

That’s what makes campy conceits like the Mirror Universe so much fun for fans to play with. Introduced in the classic Original Series episode “Mirror, Mirror” and recently revisited in Star Trek: Discovery, the Mirror Universe was just an alternate reality where everyone is the worst version of themselves – a universe of evil twins, if you will. Seeing the goody two-shoes officers of Starfleet become mustache-twirling villains of the highest degree is decadent fun from a “what might have been” standpoint.

This is a list showcasing artistic renderings of Star Trek characters from the far reaches of the franchise that reimagine our beloved characters as villains. Because Star Trek canon has already reimagined its own characters as villains by creating the MU, many of these pieces incorporate costumes, props, and scenes from canon works. That said, there are certainly fans who reimagine characters as villains with no relation to the Mirror Universe. Who can blame fan artists for loving the Mirror Universe. Why wouldn’t you want to play in such a delightful sandbox of ideas if it’s available?

Here are 25 Star Trek Characters Reimagined As Villains.

25 MIRROR SPOCK AND TRIBBLE

We love this piece by Phoenix-Cry because it not only reimagines Mirror Spock, it also introduces a Mirror Tribble.

Spock looks like he’s reluctantly posing with a drooling, yet vicious ball of fur.

It makes sense in the context of the dire Mirror Universe that Mirror Sarek might have wanted to punish his son by making him pose with a very undignified creature, but we digress. Really, now all we want in life is to go back to the Mirror Universe on Discovery just so Michael Burnham can walk past a vampire puff.

24 PIRATE JANEWAY

Of all the Starfleet captains, Janeway’s the most believable pirate by far. During her time in the Delta Quadrant, she had to learn how to survive without any extra guns or government to back up her ideals. She also made some very, very questionable decisions when it came to making the Prime Directive more interpretive rather than objective.

This piece by Irina Spalko really makes it easy to imagine her captaining a ship on the high seas rather than in deep space. Something tells us she’d feel even more perfect on the bridge of the Black Pearl than she was on Voyager.

23 MIRROR PICARD

This piece by JeremyVilmur depicts the artist’s interpretation of how Jean-Luc Picard would look if Star Trek: The Next Generation had ever traveled to the Mirror Universe. In television canon, the Enterprise D never got that pleasure, but in the non-canon novels and comic books, we get a great look at what it might have been like.

This devilishly dapper version of Picard is sporting a snow-white villain goatee and two tickets to the gun show.

22 MS. CHAKOTAY

We love this piece by LizzyChrome not just because Chakotay makes such a good fantasy villain, but also because this gender bend is so unique and interesting.

She almost looks like a cross between Chakotay and Catwoman with the whip in her hand.

She’s wearing his uniform and has the more elaborate tattoo Chakotay got when he was villainized in the closest thing Voyager ever got to a Mirror Universe episode, “Living Witness”. As far as we’re concerned, he got the best makeover that week.

21 EVIL DEANNA TROI

While this portrait of Deanna Troi by mylochka isn’t necessarily villainous, it can totally be interpreted that way. In the show, she was every inch the warm, safe counselor – if she showed anything resembling dramatic emotion, that usually meant her wires were getting crossed or it turned out the guest star she was sleeping with turned out to be a bad idea. And despite being the show’s resident dream boat, she wasn’t exactly aggressive.

This Deanna’s piled on the eyeshadow like she’s out to get revenge on someone. There’s no denying she’s about to become a femme fatale.

20 MIRROR DR. BASHIR

This spectacular piece by Vera-Ist-44 showcases Bashir’s Mirror self trying desperately to either get the attention of his counterpart or break through to take his place.

The piece beautifully illuminates the larger concept at work behind the Mirror Universe conceit.

There are few humans as consistently noble as those in the Federation and hopefully even fewer humans as dastardly as those who inhabit the Terran Empire. Most of us court angels and battle demons on the same day, and this piece illustrates the war that that can sometimes feel like.

19 EVIL KELVIN KIRK

There are several renderings of Captain Kirk eating an apple with a devilish look on his face. That’s a reference to his smug performance during the Kobiyashi Maru test at Starfleet Academy in 2009’s Star Trek. Knowing he’d rigged things to ensure he passed the supposedly unpassable test, Kirk was so relaxed he ate an apple on the bridge.

Phantom Brushy’s piece here depicts a much more wicked Kirk doing much the same, but with a dirk instead of his hands.

18 MIRROR JADZIA DAX  

Deep Space Nine‘s Mirror Jadzia remains one of the best Mirror transformations because it just felt like she was an enhanced version of the original character. There was always a swagger lurking underneath Jadzia’s normally professional exterior, and Mirror Jadzia took that dormant swagger and turned it into an entire lifestyle– complete with an awesome hairstyle.

This rendering by LizzyChrome allows us to envision what someone would see if they snuck up behind Mirror Jadzia in a dark alley. It surely wouldn’t end well for them.

17 BORG QUEEN JANEWAY

While the Borg became one of the most annoyingly overused enemies due to their time on Voyager, there was absolutely something interesting about the conflict between Janeway and the Borg Queen. Their competition over Seven of Nine grew into a truly compelling rivalry that pushed both women to their mutual destruction– temporarily.

Seeing G672’s rendition of Janeway becoming her rival reminded us of how much closer to darkness Janeway got whenever she decided to get involved with the Borg and their queen.

16 DEVIL DAMAR

Reflectedeve knocked it out of the park in a way we didn’t even know we needed.

Damar spent most of his time on Deep Space Nine serving as the devil on Gul Dukat’s ever-conflicted shoulder.

He pushed the Cardassian leader to abandon any attempts to ameliorate his relationship with Ziyal and even wound up offing the young woman in “Sacrifice of Angels” He wound up redeeming himself by the end of the series, but he was an unlikable jerk long enough for him to have earned this delightful reboot.

15 MIRROR DR. CRUSHER

Dr. Beverly Crusher generally meant business on Star Trek: The Next Generation, but since we never got a chance to see her as her Mirror Counterpart, we had no idea if that version of her would be similarly no-nonsense. Well, Star Trek Timelines finally gave us more of an answer with their release of one of the first and closest to canon images of Mirror Dr. Crusher.

It looks like she’s going to be villainous in the cold and calculating way. 

She’s probably less emotional than Dr. Phlox, but just as sociopathic. Or maybe she’s part of the resistance.

14 KIRA CARDASSIAN

OptimumBuster turned Kira Nerys into a villain, of sorts. This piece was clearly inspired by the spectacular episode, “Second Skin”, in which Kira is surgically altered and nearly brainwashed to believe she’s a member of the Obsidian Order. That turns out to be a very large lie told in an attempt to manipulate a prominent Cardassian into thinking his daughter was still alive.

The entire episode was incredibly dark, not only in the lengths the Cardassian government was willing to go in their subterfuge, but also in Kira’s near total loss of center when she starts to believe the story might be true.

13 MIRROR SPOCK: KELVIN EDITION

Firecracker-sj’s rendering of Mirror Spock is original because it’s based on Zachary Quinto’s turn as the character instead of Leonard Nimoy’s. As of yet, the members of the Kelvin Universe have yet to cross into the Mirror Universe, though placing Star Trek 4 in the Mirror Universe could provide a nice distraction from Chris Pine’s absence, if he wound up not returning to the franchise.

This pieces makes us want to see what Quinto would do with a dishonorable version of his character.

The goatee looks good on both Spocks, as far as we’re concerned.

12 DATA OF BORG

In the novel Dark Mirror that’s served as the most significant TNG Mirror Universe story until Star Trek: Discovery, Data and Lore didn’t actually exist because Noonien Soong had been executed by the Empire. Data’s absence served to illustrate one of the ways the fascist regime shot itself in the foot by stamping out anyone who’d showcase any dissent regardless of how valuable their ideas might have been.

The new comics, however, tell a different story. In their MU, Data has adapted himself to include Borg technology, which, in and of itself, wouldn’t be a bad thing. Considering he’s an android born and raised in the MU, we don’t want to meet this version of Data.

11 MCCOY VS MCCOY

Much like the Bashir vs. Bashir piece we showcased above, this McCoy vs. McCoy rendering is a fascinating exploration of how we fight our own demons. Prime McCoy’s aiming a phaser at Mirror McCoy and Mirror McCoy’s embracing the Mirror Universe’s preference for edge weapons and threatening his counterpart with a dagger.

He’s rocking some sweet cuffs, because apparently McCoy’s villainous side includes a keen fashion sense.

Another reason we like this piece by a regrettably unknown (show yourself!) artist is because both McCoys seem to have a scientist’s fascination with each other and appear to be happy to have met.

10 MIRROR RIKER

Stourangeau managed to create a version of Will Riker who is easy to hate.

Will Riker was very charming, but he thought he was far more charming than he actually was. 

That’s why we’re absolutely convinced that this is the outfit he would choose if he found himself in the Mirror Universe – eye patch included. To be perfectly honest, we wouldn’t be surprised if Riker hadn’t tried to introduced a sleeveless uniform at some point during his career.

9 GREASER KIRK

This image of Kirk rocking a 1950s greaser vibe is more open to interpretation than some of the other photos on this list. It’s possible the as yet anonymous artist just meant for Kirk’s mischievous side to show in this rendering of him and McCoy, but the expression on his face tiptoes toward malevolence.

It’s totally believable that this could be a Mirror version of Kirk at home in Iowa just waiting to ruin the days of some unsuspecting bystanders or haze some cadets.

8 MIRROR GEORDI

This rendering of Geordi LaForge by J.K. Woodward, wielding a gun that’s almost as big as he is, is from the current Mirror Universe storyline that’s taking place in the Star Trek: The Next Generation comics.

Geordi also rocks the sleeveless uniforms preferred by so many Mirror Universe employees and some goggles instead of his traditional VISOR.

This photo alone would’ve been enough to many viewers to read this comic, if only for the promise of Geordi getting to do something else besides yell “Coolant leak!” twice as season on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

7 EYE-PATCH BONES

Regrettably, there are many characters who never actually appeared in a canon episode of Star Trek that involved the Mirror Universe or appeared in a limited capacity, as Dr. McCoy did in the Original Series. Luckily for fans, there are plenty of apocryphal novels to fill out some backstory for Mirror counterparts we never got to meet.

As for Mirror McCoy, according to the novel The Sorrows of the Empire, he perished of xenopolycythemia because his Enterprise never encountered the ship that led Prime McCoy to find the cure. Before that, he tormented his own father on Empire orders. There’s nothing to explain the eyepatch in this piece by nebula 77, but it’s fitting nonetheless.

6 MIRROR SPOCK MOVIE

As yet, there’s been no Star Trek movie that’s visited the Mirror Universe. The closest thing we’re likely to get is the three-episode arc on Star Trek: Discovery that saw Mirror Lorca drag his unwitting crew to the alt-Federation to stage a coup. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream…

Sharpbrothers’ poster, featuring the cinematic Mr. Spock holding his friends in the palm of his hand in an homage to the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture poster, is just the fodder we need for daydreams of what MU movie would look like.

5 MIRROR TRIO

Uhura looks like she’s the only one who’s actually living the Mirror Universe ethos in this great rendering by leifor. She’s staring sternly out the window while Spock helps a very uncertain looking Kirk pilot their shuttle (or attack some poor, innocent race – this is the MU, after all).

This piece is based on the characters of the Kelvin timeline, but the artist ingeniously has them sporting uniforms that are pretty close to canon.

They’re reminiscent of the uniforms on Discovery, but have also incorporated the gun show sleeveless uniforms from TOS.

4 MIRROR WESLEY CRUSHER

While Wesley surely wasn’t the most popular character among fans, it would’ve been awesome J.K. Woodward’s version of the boy wonder drop into Star Trek: The Next Generation. Like many characters on TNG, the only backstory we have for the Mirror version of Wesley Crusher resides in the novel Dark Mirror.

In that story, Mirror Picard eliminated Jack Crusher and Wesley attempts to assassinate him in return. He fails and his punishment, sanctioned by his mother, is time in the agony booth. In Mirror Broken, the comic that provided this rendering, he gets to run the agony booth.

3 MIRROR UHURA

Jiori-Seth’s digital rendering of a Mirror Uhura teasing a Mirror Spock is also pseudo-based on the Kelvin timeline, considering Spock and Uhura had no romantic relationship in the Prime Universe, but t’s done using images that resemble the Original Series actors.

It has the effect of making us root for Mirror Spock and Mirror Uhura retroactively – or even Mirror Spock and Prime Uhura, considering she was the one we saw actually with Mirror Spock. Dealer’s choice, really – either way, both of them look delightfully villainous.

2 MIRROR SEVEN OF NINE

Seven of Nine is another character who never got a Mirror Universe counterpart in show canon, but did in apocryphal novels. This particularly rendering is from the novel Dark Passions, which sees Mirror Annika Hansen adopted into the Cardassian Obsidian Order instead of the Borg.

She’s just as altered and brainwashed in the MU as she was in the Prime Universe Borg Collective, but in different ways.

She’s surgically altered to look Cardassian, given a cortical implant that allows her to access a computer database from the comfort of her own brain and guided and molded under the caring touch of Enarbran Tain in place of the Borg Queen.

1 MIRROR GUINAN

Our last entry is another beauty from J.K. Woodward as seen in the Mirror Broken comics. In Issue #5, everyone’s favorite El Aurian listener arrives on the I.S.S. Enterprise rescued from an isolation pod. She’s pretty shaken up, but still manages to advise Picard in a meaningful way that has very positive results.

It’s hard to imagine what kind of woman Guinan would’ve been in the Mirror Universe. Even if she were raised with a connection to the dastardly Empire, she would’ve still been old enough to see many others like it collapse. Unfortunately the comics haven’t picked up again, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Which Star Trek hero do you think would make the best villain? Let us know in the comments!





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2018-09-21 04:09:54 – Alexandra August

Far From Home Risks Being Another Spider-Man Sequel With Too Many Villains



Marvel Studios is at risk of repeating Sony Pictures’ past mistakes by introducing too many villains in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Some Spider-fans have grown concerned by the recent rumors regarding more and more of the wall-crawler’s classic rogues gallery being involved in the MCU Spider-Man’s second solo outing. Their worries are not unjustified, considering that an overabundance of antagonists cluttering the plot is part of what led to Sony’s two previous attempts at establishing a long-running Spider-Man franchise being cut short.

Little has been revealed so far regarding the cast of the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. A number of new actors have been confirmed as being in the film – including Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove and Remy Hii – but what characters they are playing (villain or not) remains a mystery. The only villain confirmed so far is The Vulture, who will once again be played by Michael Keaton.

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The MCU Spider-Man franchise is undoubtedly building toward the establishment of The Sinister Six – one of Marvel Comics’ first super-villain groups and the most prominent one to devote itself towards a single superhero’s destruction. While it seems logical that the formation of the villainous group should be saved for a third Spider-Man movie, there’s been speculation that we may see the Sinister Six introduced in Far From Home – but previous movies have somewhat dampened enthusiasm for seeing Spider-Man battle various supervillains in the same movie.

  • This Page: The Trouble With Too Many Villains
  • Page 2: Far From Home’s Villains Could Make Or Break The Movie

Spider-Man’s Multiple Villain Problem

While Spider-Man 3 is far from the worst superhero movie ever made, most would agree it was a definite step-down in quality from Spider-Man 2 and that it tried to do far too much. Director Sam Raimi has said as much, admitting that the movie “just didn’t work very well” and the the primary reason for this was that he “didn’t really believe in all the characters.” This is almost certainly a reference to Venom, who was only included in the movie at Sony’s insistence. Before their edict, Raimi’s original screenplay had been based around The Sandman and Harry Osborn following in his father’s footsteps to become the second Green Goblin.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was similarly over-packed, and some felt its story was even more piecemeal and built by committee than the ultimate story of Spider-Man 3. Though the main story of the movie pitted Spider-Man against Electro, the conclusion also had him facing off against Harry Osborn, who became the first Green Goblin in this reality. The Rhino was also introduced into the movie (albeit in a mechanical suit of armor rather than the classic costume from the comics) with the film ending anti-climatically as Spider-Man was about to fight him. The movie also hinted at more villains coming into existence, with one scene showing the familiar flying suit of The Vulture and the mechanical tentacles of Doctor Octopus.

In both films, the effort to fit more villains into the story proved detrimental. In the case of Spider-Man 3, Raimi was forced to play out the complete Alien Costume Saga from the comics and introduce the character of Eddie Brock so he could become Venom, in addition to establishing the origins of The Sandman, allowing Peter to investigate the truth behind his Uncle Ben’s murder and playing out Harry Osborn’s transformation into the new Green Goblin. This ultimately resulted in far too much story for a single film and every subplot feeling rushed and underdeveloped. By contrast, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 seemed more focused on setting up its sequel (and a possible Sinister Six spin-off) than telling its own tale.

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Far From Home Has A Lot Of Rumored Villains

The rumors about Far From Home suggest that Marvel Studios may be pushing to prove that they can succeed where Sony failed by introducing more Spider-Man villains than ever into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While a number of actors have been confirmed as appearing in Far From Home, Marvel Studios is staying silent about what roles they are playing. This, coupled with a number of reports as to what villains have been mentioned in the script, has resulted in a lot of speculation with little known for certain beyond Michael Keaton’s return as The Vulture.

We know Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast as the main villain, but that villain’s identity is has yet to be confirmed. The smart money seems to be on Gyllenhaal playing Quentin Beck – a special-effects artist who turns his talent for crafting incredibly realistic illusions to crime as the malevolent Mysterio. This seems a safe bet, as Mysterio is one of the most popular of Spider-Man’s classic enemies and one fans have been aching to see on the big-screen for years. Mysterio’s story from the comics would also offer parallels to that of The Vulture in Homecoming and a bit of ironic commentary if they portrayed Beck as a decent man who only turned to crime after the Hollywood establishment abandoned him and his practical effects in favor of CGI.

Similarly, we know that Numan Acar is playing a man named Dmitri, but little else beyond that. There has been some speculation that this character might be Dmitri Smerdyakov – a spy and master of disguise known as The Chameleon. While this seems a likely guess, there is little to confirm it beyond the name and the fact that The Chameleon and Mysterio would prove likely partners given their mutual talents for deception and misdirection.

Beyond that, it is almost anyone’s guess what villains might be popping up in Far From Home. One video posted by Tom Holland revealed that Peter will get hit with a giant wave at some point, fueling speculation that the water-manipulating Hydro-Man might be in the movie. Another report regarding a LEGO set based on the movie suggests that the heat-projecting Molten Man may be showing up. Then there’s the question of whom J.B Smoove and Remy Hii will be playing.

Related: Spider-Man Can Fight The Sinister Six in Far From Home

Homecoming Balanced Multiple Villains Well

There’s a fair chance that all of this speculation and panic may be much ado about nothing. While Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 fumbled their attempts at handling multiple villains, there is one Spider-Man movie that managed a large cast of villains with style – Spider-Man: Homecoming. It managed this, ironically, by realizing it would be impossible to properly develop multiple villains in a single film, and not wasting time trying. Instead, the focus was placed on Michael Keaton’s Vulture, with the other villains being supporting members of his crew or potential buyers of the high-tech weapons they were developing.

This allowed Homecoming to feature The Vulture, along with The Tinkerer (Adrian Toomes’ employee who built all of their gear) and two versions of The Shocker. Mac Gargen, the man who became The Scorpion in the comics, was introduced as one of Vulture’s customers, who was captured by Spider-Man and sent to prison. The movie also managed a nod to The Prowler – a high-tech burglar named Aaron Davis, who had enough of a code of basic decency to work against other costumed criminals who thought nothing of killing people. In the movie, Davis was the weapons dealer who helped Spider-Man track down Vulture, after refusing to buy any of his gear because he was worried about alien technology being let loose in his neighborhood and endangering his nephew.

The Sinister Six Are Surely Coming

Regardless of how many villains wind up being in Far From Home, it seems clear that Marvel Studios is building toward eventually establishing some form of Sinister Six – a team made up of Spider-Man’s worst enemies, who first joined forces in the 1964’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. Sony originally had plans to make a Sinister Six movie, but these were shelved along with the plans for further movies in the Amazing Spider-Man series of films starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.

The chief question fans may need to consider is which incarnation of the Sinister Six we might see in the Spider-Man movie that follows Far From Home. Thus far, most of the team’s original line-up doesn’t exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel Studios seems to have been focusing on those Spider-Man villains who haven’t been depicted in any earlier movies. This means it’s unlikely we’ll see the likes of Doctor Octopus, Sandman or Electro anytime soon, and the status of Kraven The Hunter, who is currently being considered for a solo movie at Sony, is equally up in the air. Still, the team has seen numerous incarnations over the years and any one of them would prove a formidable challenge for Spider-Man and a solid basis for a film’s storyline.

More: Spider-Man: Far From Home – Every Update You Need To Know



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