Spider-Man: No Way Home is possibly going to be one of the biggest events in the MCU. The movie has been considered as the culmination of the Spider-Man trilogy of movies in the MCU. Each of the movies has picked on a specific narrative and it is actually rather interesting in terms of how MCU worked the character of the friendly neighborhood superhero. One of the biggest exciting details about the movie has to be the fact that it will see some of the best villains return from the past Spider-Man films. There were a lot of theories surrounding who will return and then we were treated with five villains in the second trailer for the movie. The suit upgrades of Green Goblin might indicate that a big No Way Home villains theory is spot on!
Spider-Man: No Way Home Return of The Villains
After one of the biggest cliffhangers in the MCU with the reveal of Spider-Man’s true identity in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next movie will be dealing with the events right from there. As Mysterio revealed Spider-Man’s identity to the world, there is absolute chaos surrounding Peter Parker and his friends and family. He decides to do something that would prevent this from continuing to be the case. In order to do this, he asks Doctor Strange for a spell that will make people forget about his Spider-Man secret. But the spell gets botched somehow and it leads to the Multiverse opening up and some villains start appearing all around New York.
These villains are revealed to be the ones who have appeared as villains of the two other Spider-Men we have witnessed before. The confirmed villains include Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, and Rhys Ifans’ Lizard. There have been a lot of theories surrounding how each of these villains was able to make an appearance in the MCU. Some of them had died in their own universes and their death while not directly caused by Spider-Man was somehow influenced by Spidey.
Theory: Each of the Five Villains Is A Variant
Disney+’s Loki introduced us to the concept of Variants, which basically means the same version of individuals from different universes/realities. While the villains might be variants of their selves in the movie, the Spider-Men Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland are variants of each other. This means that each of the villains who end up appearing in the MCU in this movie is actually a variant of the villains that we got to see in the past films.
A lot of confusion could actually be clarified with this theory considering this might explain the fact that The Lizard and Sandman probably got killed while fighting Spider-Man on their own Earths. One might wonder as to the similarity in the appearance and this could be explained by the fact that there were renditions of Loki’s variants who looked very much like him. This might mean that most of these villains come from an Earth that is quite similar to the ones we saw in the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb movies.
Green Goblins Costume Backs This Theory
During the villain’s panel at CCXP, Willem Dafoe indicated that there was a difference in the costume he wore in No Way Home and the one that he originally donned in Raimi’s Spider-Man. We even saw each of these three villains having certain upgrades in their costumes but considering they died in their Spider-Man Earths it. This would mean they have to come from different universes than the ones we saw in the movies. This theory would actually allow the writers of the movie to work these characters around their original arcs in the past movies.
The idea that these characters are actually from the parallel universes of the Raimi and Webb universe actually clarifies a lot of details that we have seen in the trailer. Some of the villains have interesting upgrades and a certain behavior which was definitely their ordinary behavior in the movies. We will only get a better idea about how this might have happened when Spider-Man: No Way Home comes out on December 17.
It stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, Rhys Ifans, Thomas Haden Church and possibly, the previous two Spider-Men.