Who Are the Sinister Six?
The Sinister Six are a group of Super-villains made up of Spider-Man’s enemies. They have been teased several times throughout the Spider-Man movies. From the Tobey Maquire trilogy, through Andrew Garfield and now Tom Holland. But who are they and how could we see them introduced to the current Spider-Man universe. Either in the MCU or SPUMC. (Yes I said SPUMC – Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters)
The Original Sinister Six
The Sinister Six has had several line-ups over the years, but the Original Six is the most iconic. It was organised by Doctor Octopus and featured Vulture, Mysterio, Electro, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter.
Doctor Octopus was introduced in the 2004 adaptation, Spider-Man 2, and was played by Alfred Molina. He is the alter ego or the highly intelligent, mad scientist Dr. Otto Octavius. He has four mechanical “tentacles” but is otherwise entirely human, albeit a very intelligent human. Doctor Octopus was also portrayed as a female version in the 2018 animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Considering the fate of Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2, it would be unlikely that we would see Alfred Molina play him if there is a Sinister Six movie on the cards. With whichever Studio went ahead with the feature then they would need to recast and re-introduce the character. And considering he is the founding member of the team, it would only seem right he should be there. But that doesn’t mean he will.
Vulture is one of the more recent villains we have seen. He was played by Michael Keaton in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the comics, many people take on the mantle of Vulture. The most famous is the incarnation that the movie used, Adrian Toomes. Though the origin story is different between both the comic and the movie, in both, Toomes is an electronics engineer. He turns to a life of crime when he realizes his honest work isn’t paying off. Vulture is equipped with a harness that allows him to fly as if by natural winged flight.
Vulture would be a likely entry on the roster for the Sinister Six. The post-credit scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming sets up a return. Toomes meets another prisoner potentially setting up the group that will become the Sinister Six. He is also briefly seen in the trailer for the upcoming movie Morbius.
You may recognize Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). He is known as Max Dillon and is portrayed by Jamie Foxx. Dillon is an electrical engineer who works at Oscorp. Early on in the movie, he is saved by Spider-Man who is in a fight with Aleksei Sytsevich (Paul Giamatti). While fixing a power line at work Dillon has an accident. He falls into a tank of genetically engineered electric eels. This gives him the power to control electricity but also makes him even more mentally unstable.
The chances of seeing this version of Electro in a Sinister Six movie are unlikely. At the end of the movie, Spider-Man defeats Electro by flooding his body with electricity, causing him to overload and explode.
Mysterio is the most recently seen Spidey villain to be seen on the big screen. Quentin Beck appears in Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and is portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal. He has a slightly different origin to his comic book equivalent. In the movie, he is an ex-employee of Stark Industries. He developed the holographic technology, that Tony Stark showcased in Captain America: Civil War, called B.A.R.F (Binary Augmented Retro Framing). He was fired for his unstable personality and swore vengeance on Stark for stealing his technology.
The chances of seeing Mysterio in a Sinister Six movie seem rather slim due to the fact he is killed at the end of Far From Home. Before he is killed he says to one of his allies that “they will see what I want them to see”. The reason for this is revealed in the end credits scene. The footage of Mysterio’s demise was recorded and doctored to show Spider-Man as a villain and Beck as the hero. The footage is then sent to J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle who shows it to the world and also reveals the identity of Spider-Man.
Although this means there is seemingly no chance for Mysterio to return, there is a fan theory. It goes that Mysterio wanted people to see his death, which wasn’t actually real and was part of his holographic tech allowing him to return later.
The Sandman, A.K.A Flint Marko, appears in Spider-Man 3 (2007) and is portrayed by Thomas Haden Church. In the comics, he starts a villain but actually goes on to become an ally of Spider-Man. It is revealed in this film that he was actually the gunman who killer Peter Parker’s uncle Ben in the first movie. He is on the run from the police and falls into an experimental particle accelerator that molecularly binds him with sand, giving him shapeshifting abilities. At heart, he is a good man who is down on his luck and trying to find a cure for his terminally ill daughter. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, one of the Elementals is based on The Sandman.
There is a possibility that The Sandman could feature in a Sinister Six movie. At the end of Spider-Man 3, The Sandman confesses. He explains his crime to Parker saying the only thing he has left for himself is his love for his daughter. Understanding the importance of forgiveness Parker forgives Marko who turns to sand and is peacefully blown away. This is not necessarily a death and maybe just him moving on.
Kraven the Hunter
Kraven the Hunter is the only member on the list so far, not to have appeared in a movie to date. His real name is Sergei Kravinoff, and he is one of Spider-Man’s most enduring enemies. He is a Soviet immigrant and a maniacal big game hunter who typically dislikes the use of guns or bows. Kraven lives by a code of honour (kind of) and hunts his prey fairly, preferring to take them down with his bare hands. He uses a serum that increases his strength and slows the ageing process. It was through his half-brother Chameleon that he first came into contact with Spider-Man. Kraven seeks to defeat him to prove he is the greatest hunter.
Although we have not seen Kraven on the big screen, he has featured in many of the animated series and also in various video games. There has also been a lot of interest from Sony to develop the character. Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, confirmed that he planned for Kraven to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and a Sinister Six movie if they were to be developed. In the upcoming Morbius movie, there are at least two references to the hunter. There is a bakery called Kravens Pastries and a ballet troupe called the Kraven National Ballet.
It was also announced in 2018 that Sony will develop a Kraven the Hunter movie as part of the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. So with the last piece of News, it appears we may see Kraven on the big screen sooner rather than later.
Other Sinister Six members
Although the original Sinister Six are the most famous there are other characters who have been part of the team over the years. Some of these are very well known and some not so well known. Below is a list of some of the members we have seen over the years. There are still many more members, but the below are probably the most notable.
The Green Goblin is one of Spider-Man’s most notorious villains. He has been seen in several movies, most recently in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where he was portrayed by Dane DeHaan, Harry Osborn. He is injected with the same spider venom that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man in a hope to cure his Retroviral Hyperplasia. At the end of the movie, he is captured and held captive at Ravencroft Mental Institute, where he meets the Gentleman in a scene that would have set up the Sinister Six.
Rhino was previously mentioned on this list as Aleksei Sytsevich and appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He was portrayed by Paul Giamatti and was in the closing end credit where he wore a suit of armour that had been given to him by the Gentleman. It was confirmed by Giamatti that he was returning for the third instalment in the series but the movie was cancelled.
The Lizard was the alter ego of the gifted surgeon Curtis Connors. Although he did not transform into the Lizard he does appear in the original trilogy and is played by Dylan Baker in all three movies. He was also in The Amazing Spider-Man, portrayed by Rhys Ifans, where he injects himself with a serum to restore his missing arm. This transforms him into an advanced humanoid lizard who begins wreaking havoc. During the end credits scene, Connors is approached by the Gentleman who asks if he told Peter about his parents.
The only appearances of the Gentleman have been in both The Amazing Spiderman and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and are portrayed by Michael Massee. He appears in both end credit scenes and appears to be setting up the Sinister Six. Although he has no super-human abilities, he has vast wealth and exceptional intellect. Add to that a bodyguard with psionic powers who can create and control synthetic darkness, the Gentleman is a dangerous foe.
Mac Gargan, A.K.A the Scorpion, was seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming and portrayed by Michael Mando. Gargan is depicted as a ruthless criminal with a scorpion tattoo on his neck but does not become the Scorpion in the film. In the end-credit scene, he is talking to Adrian Toomes (Vulture) who says he has “friends” on the outside who intend to kill Spider-Man.
Along with Green Goblin, Venom is one of the most prolific enemies of Spider-Man. Venom is a sentient alien Symbiote who survives by bonding to a host. The result is a dual life form that has enhanced powers. Venom has had many hosts but the most notable is Peter Parker and Eddie Brock. In Spider-Man 3, both Parker and Brock hosted Venom. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the symbiote is shown in the lab at Oscorp although Venom is not attached to a host. The most recent version was in the standalone movie Venom (2018) and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) featuring Tom Hardy.
The renowned biochemist, Michael Morbius, became Morbius, the Living Vampire when he attempted to cure his rare blood condition. Although he started as one of Spider-Man’s enemies he later went on to become something of an anti-hero. Morbius will be getting a live-action adaptation which was due to release July 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused this to be postponed until March 2021. It will see Jared Leto take on the lead role.
What is the Most Likely Sinister Six Team
There have been many incarnations of the team in the comic books, so the studio can pretty much use any Spider-Man villain and roll with it. As it seems the most likely studio to produce a Sinister Six movie is going to be Sony we should look at the most recently released and upcoming titles.
Sony has invested so much into the independent films of Venom and Morbius I would say they are the most likely to be included. That would give us 2 out the six. As the studio has the right to the characters, they can also use the ones we have seen in the MCU (which would make them easier to introduce). So we could add Vulture and Mysterio to the list (If Mysterio is still alive) as well as maybe Scorpion. The final one I would imagine being added would be Kraven the Hunter Especially if there is a solo movie in the works.
So that would round out our six to: Venom, Morbius, Vulture, Mysterio, Scorpion and Kraven. Not a bad lineup if you ask me.
Do you agree? What changes would you make to the lineup?