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By all accounts, Spider-Man: No Way Home is shaping up to be Peter Parker's greatest challenge yet.
It's already been confirmed that Alfred Molina will be reprising his role as Doctor Octopus. Jamie Foxx is even rejoining the party as Electro. Most fans will know, of course, that these particular villains are actually from different universes: Molina's Ock first appeared in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, while Foxx's Electro made his shocking (sorry) debut in the second and final Andrew Garfield Spidey movie.
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This casting news certainly suggests that Tom Holland's young Spider-Man is dealing with a multiverse situation, in which bad guys from multiple timelines and realities are coming together to take the hero down once and for all. With rumours abounding thatHolland will be teaming up with past Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, you'd hope the three heroes will be meeting a commensurate threat. According to a new report, they definitely will be.
In the latest episode of Collider reporter Jeff Sneider's podcast, he touched on a very exciting rumour that claims the main villain of Spider-Man: No Way Home will be Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin. Dafoe appeared as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the very first Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie alongside Tobey Maguire's wallcrawler. Their last encounter saw the Goblin meet the business end of his own glider and die... but Molina's Ock sank to the bottom of a river and drowned. That hasn't stopped him coming back.
I should stress that this is a strictly a rumour at this stage, but Sneider says he's "pretty sure" his information is on the level. He also claims that Dafoe's Goblin will enlist Doctor Octopus and Electro as part of a multidimensional Sinister Six, a classic team of villains who basically like to gang up once every few years and kill Spider-Man.
It's unclear who the other three members of this big-screen version of the team would be, but speculation points to Sandman from Spider-Man 3, and Lizard and Rhino from The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel.
Sony has famously been trying to get the Sinister Six on the big screen for quite some time now. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spent so much time trying to set it up, in fact, that the film itself suffered as a result. With all the multiverse nonsense currently being established in the Marvel movies, it's likely Sony has realised it can basically cheat a little bit and bringing together six villains from completely different continuities. Not that I'm complaining! Three Spider-Men against six classic villains sounds like cinematic gold. Sign me up!
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