Rumor: The Main Villains of 'Silver and Black' Will Be Three D-List Spider-Man Foes

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 12:06PM
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 12:06PM
Rumor: The Main Villains of 'Silver and Black' Will Be Three D-List Spider-Man Foes
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The villains for Sony's upcoming Silver and Black superhero spin-off movie have been revealed, albeit not from an official source. The Hashtag Show (which has a pretty solid reputation for revealing key movie details) has reported that the movie will feature three classic Spider-Man villains of varying notoriety: Gaunt, the Scorpion, and the Tarantula.



The Scorpion isn't much of a surprise for anyone who's seen Homecoming (we'll leave things nice and vague to avoid spoilers), but the other two are a little less well-known.

It's probably not easy for Sony to find the right villains for their new series of comic book movies that are tangential to the MCU—naturally, Marvel will want all the good villains in Peter's rogues gallery for their movies, and people have seen the Green Goblin (or some variation thereof) so many times that the character has lost a lot of shock value.

Nevertheless, while Gaunt may be obscure, he's far from the worst supervillain Spider-Man has ever faced. He's actually appeared in a movie before—his real name is Mendel Stromm, and he's the hapless assistant who helps to turn Willem Dafoe's Norman Osborn into the Green Goblin (before subsequently becoming well acquainted with a sheet of glass).



Let's assume that his catchphrase won't be "back to formula" this time.

In the comics, Stromm survives his run-in with Osborn, and becomes a cyborg robot master. He's not the kind of villain to kill Spidey's girlfriend or steal his body for a two-year period, but Gaunt does turn up periodically to wreck things, and his machinery will make for some fun visuals in Silver and Black.

The Tarantula, on the other hand, is somewhat less unique. He's only popped up in the comics a few times, and is basically just a mustachioed copy of Spider-Man, with all the arachnid powers you'd expect. This decision makes sense if you imagine that Sony needs a Spider-Man type character to make this movie work, and the Tarantula is so similar to the Wall Crawler that he even wears the same color costume.




This movie really sounds like it's being put together with all the dregs that Sony had lying around after handing Marvel every relevant character in their collection. This, however, is not necessarily a bad sign—these D-list heroes and villains are still a lot of fun when written well, and at the end of the day, the entire MCU is built around making movies about heroes that Marvel couldn't sell off to other studios.

It's worth being cautiously optimistic for Black and Silver. So long as Sony lets director Gina Prince-Bythewood have enough creative freedom to make a decent movie, this could well be the highlight of the studio's new cinematic universe.

Silver and Black is set to hit US theaters in October 2018.
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