Now that Spider-Man: Homecoming is out and in theaters, Sony’s marketing campaign is all but complete. Between various commercials, TV specials, and online ads, this turned out to be another amazing (dare I say, spectacular?) addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Recently, IMDB updated their cast list for the film, giving us info on the roles of other cast members. One in particular: Michael Mando (Orphan Black) as ‘Mac Gargan’. Any true fan knows that’s the alter ego of The Scorpion, one of many in the webhead‘s rogues gallery.
First appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #19, MacDonald “Mac” Gargan was a greedy private investigator hired to learn Spider-Man‘s secret identity. After multiple failures, he became the test subject of an experimental process that gave him superhuman abilities. He was also given an armored battle suit equipped with a cybernetic tail that shoots everything from acid to plasma energy blasts. The suit’s design was based off of a scorpion; the scientist behind it wanted to capture Spider-Man and chose one of a real spider’s natural predators.
Scorpion proved to be more than a match for the wall-crawler, but the long term effects of Gargan’s treatments started affecting his mind. Eventually going insane, he turned on his benefactors, one of which was J. Jonah Jameson! Spider-Man intervenes and manages to defeat him. Since then, Gargan became a super-villain for hire, often exchanging services for upgrades to his suit. But he would always return to settle his score with Peter Parker. At one point, he even bonded with the infamous alien symbiote to become the newest incarnation of Venom! Could he be the connection between the ‘adjunct’ Sony properties in the works?
After that after credit tease there’s no doubt that he might just be a full -fledged super-villain in the sequel even though he wasn’t when we first met him. Overpopulating flicks with too many bad guys has always been a deal breaker for comic book movies, particularly in Spider-Man’s case. But Marvel Studios has a solid track record which gives us reason to believe they will meet or exceed expectations. Homecoming producer Amy Pascal made it clear that the MCU won’t be using villains that we’ve seen in previous films, making Scorpion an ideal choice. In the comics, he’s always been one of Spider-Man’s deadliest enemies, and his tech-enhanced abilities fit into the aesthetics of the MCU.
But what do you think? Do you want to see The Scorpion as Spider-Man’s next big bad? Could the Sinister Six happen in the MCU?
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