Tom Holland Will Face Two More Familiar Villains In Spider-Man: No Way Home

By Michileen Martin | 1 month ago

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Things are getting really crowded for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home. We already knew the webhead would be facing Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx’s Electro, and Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin. But now the appearances of two more Spider-Man villains — whose presence have been rumored since the first No Way Home trailer — have been confirmed. Both Rhys Ifans’ Lizard and Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman will appear in No Way Home.

The confirmation comes from Empire Magazine, by way of the Twitter account of Everything Comic Book Movies. While the issue isn’t supposed to come out until tomorrow, Everything CBM posted four shots from the print magazine, which at first glance aren’t very surprising. There are some behind the scenes photos with Tom Holland, as well as shots of Doc Ock and Doctor Strange. But if you click on the first picture and look below the photo, you see part of the article, which is cut off in the beginning and at the end of the same sentence. But what we can see reads: “Worlds which include Rhys Ifans’ The Lizard, Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman and Jamie.” You can see the tweet for yourself below.

At least one of the variant covers for tomorrow’s issue of Empire was thought to already strongly hint, if not confirm, the presence of Church’s Sandman in Tom Holland’s third Spider-Man film. The cover has a colorful and intriguing design which includes icons representing different characters — e.g. one of Green Goblin’s pumpkins, Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto, etc. — and one of the icons is a large fist that appears to be made out of sand. With part of the magazine’s interior now revealed mentioning the character and actor by name, it’s pretty much a done deal.

With the number of classic Spidey villains confirmed to be at least 5, it seems more and more likely that No Way Home will find Tom Holland facing the first live-action incarnation of the Sinister Six. If so, it remains to be seen exactly who the sixth member might be. Michael Keaton’s Vulture could make a return as could Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio. We could see Tom Hardy’s Venom as part of the Six, though if so, it seems likely he’d eventually join Spider-Man’s side. Of course, there could always be a new villain. Michael Mando played Mac Gargan — better known as Scorpion in the comics — in Spider-Man: Homecoming but without ever getting “super.” In the comics, Gargan’s origin is tied to J. Jonah Jameson, who will appear in No Way Home played by J.K. Simmons, so you never know.

At the same time, it seems more likely every day that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be joined by those played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. With this many classic Spidey villains, all of whom are either from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy or Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films, it would be much more surprising for the film to not feature those movies’ versions of Peter Parker as well. Not to mention the question of whether or not Emma Stone and/or Kirsten Dunst might show up. Regardless of who does and doesn’t appear, expect Spider-Man: No Way Home to hit theaters Friday, December 17.