After the release of the first preview of Spider-Man: No Way Home some issues were confirmed. One of them, perhaps the most evident after the incorporation of the multiverse as a narrative resource, are the villains that will appear in the Marvel and Disney production. Peter Parker’s adversaries are old acquaintances within the friendly neighbor story.
Its origin within the comics is almost as traditional as the rise of Peter Parker. They are stories that in one comic or another have accompanied Spider-Man to give a point of tension to the graphic stories. This logic continues to be represented in films adapted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The logic is simple: there is no hero without a villain.
The peculiar thing, seen what was seen in the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home, is that this time it will not be just one or two. In fact, will be three, and a fourth opponent is not ruled out within the plot. After being exposed by Mysterio, it is clear that Peter Parker will have problems both legal and outside the legal world.
Brief history of the villains of Spider-Man: No Way Home
According to information from Camera in Hand, one of the comics that Spider-Man: No Way Home will be inspired by is Spider-Man: Happy Birthday, a publication edited in several volumes through which Peter Parker comes into contact with different versions of himself and, in addition, faces several of the villains that are part of his narrative.
In the Marvel and Disney adaptation there will be at least three of them: Electro, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. Although they did not appear within the argumentative arc that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the options are possible and, from a logical point of view, it makes sense that the production company relies on those stories to give a new framework to these characters.
We review their stories in Marvel and Disney, adaptations through.
Spider-man: No Way Home to the rescue of a classic villain,
the green Goblin
He was the first villain to appear on the big screen, almost twenty years ago. He did it in Spider-Man (Sam Raimi, 2002), played by Willem dafoe. Part of the relationship between Peter Parker and this adversary stems from their scientific interest, intellectual minds attracted in one way or another. In the comics, the Green Goblin first appeared in the comics in The Amazing Spider-Man # 14, released in July 1964.
In addition to these initial appearances, Green Goblin also appeared in Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). To these interpretations is added the one made by Dane dehaan in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and the performance of James franco in the aforementioned Spider-Man 3. The constant presence of this character is not less, taking into account that it is one of the classics of the comics. The phrase that could be heard in the advance of Spider-Man: No Way Home refers to those first encounters: “Be careful what you wish for, Parker.”
Maybe Norman Osborn’s story is one of the murkiest in the Marvel Universe. From the death of his wife after giving birth to their son, to his interest in questionable businesses, to financing criminals so that the heroes of each moment could entertain themselves while he performed other tasks.
One of those inventions, summarizing a much more complex story, was the Green Goblin, whom he ends up assuming as an alter ego.
Doctor Octopus: the most acclaimed
It is another of the characters taken from the Sam Raimi films and that Marvel and Disney recover. He made his debut in Spider-Man 2 (2004). Although some of the confirmed villains did not reveal their identities, this is not the case with Doctor Octopus. Alfred Molina and that phrase, the “Hello, Peter”, have gone around the world. Although the actor himself had been in charge of confirming his participation, one thing is the rumor and another is the image and the possible interpretations that can be made of them.
This character first appeared a little before the Green Goblin – in the comics. He did so in The Amazing Spider-Man # 3, published in July 1963. Doctor Octopus is the criminal version of Otto Octavius, a nuclear physicist that, in his eagerness to find an invention that would facilitate different tasks, suffers an accident. That fact makes the metal arms he created meld into his body and mind. This produces different alterations in his way of being, leaving behind his shy version.
Within the film adaptations, he is considered the best villain that Spider-Man had so far. This explains the space he had in the advance of Spider-man: No Way Home.
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Electro: connecting universes
Of the confirmed characters, Electro is the first to escape the Sam Raimi saga. Jamie Foxx, who played him in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, confirmed that he will be in attendance. During the first trailer for Spider-man: No Way Home he did not appear in an obvious way, but there are several winks that suggest his presence.
Within the comics, this character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man # 9, published in February 1964. His story is explained because the fictional character of Maxwell “Max” Dillon, who is an electrical engineer, suffers from a strange accident. The collateral effects derive in that, from that moment, Max becomes a capacitor of electricity. His personality is transformed until he leads criminal organizations, with different villains within them.