If “Spider-Man No Way Home” does not lack villains, there are nevertheless two more, who appear in a brief and stealthy way. Have you seen them? – CAUTION SPOILERS !!!
WARNING – The article below contains spoilers on “Spider-Man No Way Home”, as it goes over some of the elements of its plot, and one of the surprises it has in store for us. So please go your way if you haven’t seen it yet.
“They are coming, and there is nothing I can do” : When the very last footage in the second Spider-Man No Way Home trailer showed a distraught Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as the sky was cracked with purple cracks, many saw it as confirmation. That of the arrival of the Spider-Men embodied by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to help Tom Holland during the climax of the film, on the Statue of Liberty.
But no. Because it is in fact other villains who try to join the world of the superhero, to come and lend a hand to Electro, Doctor Octopus, the Sandman, the Lizard or the Green Goblin. Antagonists who, in the end, do not manage to leave their universe, but we just have time to see the silhouettes of two of them. And their identity may need some explanation.
Massive, the first of these villains is none other than Kraven the Hunter, recognizable in the comic books, by this fur jacket he wears on his back. And whose shape and imposing side we can distinguish here, which allow connoisseurs to understand what character it is.
Born in August 1964 in number 15 of “The Amazing Spider-Man”, Kraven, whose real name is Sergei Kravinov, sees his senses sharpened and his aging slowed down after having drunk the potion offered by an African wizard. Skills that he uses to become the ultimate hunter, before taking it into his head to add a famous Spider-Man to his list of achievements. An obsession that culminates in the narrative arc “Kraven’s Last Hunt”, published in 1987.
Considering the end of Far From Home, where the double identity of Peter Parker was revealed while he was accused of the murder of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), Kraven had everything the perfect antagonist to face a hero turned public enemy. number 1. And that’s exactly what almost happened, as recently revealed by Tom Holland, before Marvel and Sony decide to play the multiverse card.
But this will only be postponed because a feature film dedicated to the hunter is in preparation. Directed by JC Chandor (All is Lost, Triple Frontier) for his first foray into the world of blockbusters, the film will be worn by ex-Kick-Ass Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who we could have imagined seeing appear , albeit briefly, in No Way Home.
It will finally be necessary to wait until January 18, 2023 to discover, in our theaters, what promises to be an origin story… and one more opus in the franchise around the enemies of Spider-Man initiated with Venom and Morbius.
The second of these wicked can be recognized by the huge horn protruding from his forehead. And fans will have no trouble recognizing Aleksei Sytsevich, aka Rhino. Appeared in issue 41 of “The Amazing Spider-Man”, in October 1966, this henchman of the Russian mafia in New York found himself exposed to a strong dose of gamma rays (like the Hulk), which gave him superhuman abilities. And merge his rhino costume with his body.
More renowned for his strength than his intelligence, Rhino notably crossed paths with Kraven, when the hunter’s son imprisoned him on a boat transformed into a menagerie. But he didn’t wait for No Way Home to make his film debut, as we saw him at the beginning and end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, played by a freewheeling Paul Giamatti (and with an accent Russian) in a rhino-shaped machine.
A colorful opponent that Andrew Garfield evokes in one of the scenes of No Way Home, when everyone talks about their experiences of Spider-Man. That Rhino is not among the villains of Jon Watts’ feature film, which hit our screens on December 15, is logical, however.
Because only a few of the people who are aware of the true identity of Peter Parker were drawn, at the beginning of the story, from their world to the one in which the hero has the features of Tom Holland, thanks to the fate of Doctor Strange.
Rhino was not one of them, so he stayed at home and had to be content with this wink, with a look more reminiscent of that of comic books than that of Marc Webb’s film released in 2014. Is it a way to prepare for his arrival in the MCU, when a new Spider-Man trilogy is in the works?