There are already so many theories swirling around the new Spidey movie, and it looks like we can add another exciting rumor to the mill. The recently titled Spider-Man: No Way Home has already generated so much buzz for a film that is a little over nine months away, and the hype is only going to get crazier from here. Especially if this new rumor turns out to be true.
According to sources close to WeGotThisCovered, the classic Spidey villains the Lizard and the Chameleon will appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home in some capacity. That may worry some fans who fear that this Spider-Man 3 will go the way of that Spider-Man 3, but the aforementioned outlet made it clear that the Lizard and the Chameleon will only cameo in the movie. That is, if they appear in it at all. This is still just a rumor so please take it as such. However, that does beg a question we have asked before: Will Ned Leeds be the new big bad? Hopefully not, because Jacob Batalon is super fun and lovable in the role. But if this is true and these two Silver Age villains are indeed only fleeting foes for Spidey, then maybe director Jon Watts really is building toward a Hobgoblin reveal.
For those who are not familiar with the history behind these famous Spider-Man baddies, let’s dive into some quick history. The Chameleon was the first villain Spider-Man faced in his solo series, and the Lizard debuted five issues later, in Amazing Spider-Man #6. The Lizard’s first appearance was sandwiched between the debuts of Sandman and Electro in #4 and #9, respectively. Both characters first tormented Spidey during a time when all of his biggest adversaries were popping up. Right after Chameleon came Vulture, and right after Vulture came Doctor Octopus. Following the Lizard’s terrifying debut, Electro stormed onto the scene, as did Mysterio, the Green Goblin, Kraven The Hunter, and Scorpion. Honestly, it is amazing that Peter Parker made it through his first year on the job. When that many people want to kill you, you may as well just preemptively start saying your goodbyes. Luckily, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko had other plans, and the web-slinger has persisted and persevered for decades now.
Honestly, if true, this rumor is almost as exciting as Alfred Molina reportedly returning as the aforementioned Doctor Octopus. There is already so much going on with Spider-Man: No Way Home and it has not even dropped its first trailer yet. But, like with most of its other projects, Marvel is likely keeping this next outing close to the vest. Because of that, we probably won’t get confirmation on this until we are in the theater (fingers crossed) waiting for the film to start.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently slated for release on December 17, 2021. Hopefully, the ongoing—but waning—COVID pandemic does not delay it again. After that, we’ve got Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder to which we can look forward.