Spider-Man: No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers joke that Venom is a Marvel Cinematic Universe Sinister Six member.
Spider-Man: No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers joke that Venom is a Marvel Cinematic Universe Sinister Six member. The third installment in the MCU webslinging franchise saw the doors to the multiverse opened as Peter Parker turned to Doctor Strange in an effort to reverse Mysterio’s reveal of his secret identity in the hopes of returning his life to normal. This would instead invite those aware of Parker’s identity as Spider-Man from other universes to them, including Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, Thomas Haden Church’s Sandman, Rhys Ifans’ Lizard and Jamie Foxx’s Electro.
With five villains set in Spider-Man: No Way Home, audiences began contemplating whether the filmmakers and Marvel had begun building the MCU’s Sinister Six, the iconic team of supervillains in the comics who frequently fought the titular webslinger. The original incarnation of the group was formed by Doc Ock, Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman and Kraven the Hunter, all but the last of whom have been introduced in the various Spider-Man movie franchises. Though Spider-Man: No Way Home ultimately didn’t see the introduction of the Sinister Six, it wasn’t apparently for lack of trying by the creatives behind the film.
While appearing on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith, Spider-Man: No Way Home writers McKenna and Sommers offered new insight into the game-changing threequel. In looking at the film’s pseudo inclusion of the Sinister Six, the duo joked that Tom Hardy’s Venom was the sixth member of the MCU villain team, inviting fans to see him as rounding out the group. See what McKenna said below:
“Yeah, there was definitely talk, like, ‘Who is the Sinister Six here?’ If you want six, you can always say Venom was the sixth [member] if you want. He’s in the tag, he made it [into the MCU], but he never made it out of Mexico (laughs). There was always that talk of, ‘Should we be doing officially the Six?'”
The Spider-Man: No Way Home writers also confirmed in the same interview that the Sinister Six was planned with Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio or Paul Giamatti’s Rhino considered to come back to round out the villain team for the film. The duo also confirmed shortly after the film’s release that they had discussions about possibly including Hardy’s Venom in the final battle of the movie, having taken a “kitchen sink” approach to which characters could be included in the fight. It remains unclear why the team ultimately didn’t include Venom in the final battle, but given the emotional arcs closed with the various Spider-Men’s battles against their respective foes, audiences have generally agreed the climax had the right amount of characters fighting one another.
Despite not being a part of the MCU’s Sinister Six for the final battle, Spider-Man: No Way Home wouldn’t leave Venom out entirely, as he was seen in the post-credits of the film being sent back to his universe while a piece of the symbiote remained in the MCU. The future for the character now has a number of potential paths, including his own Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, in which Hardy is reportedly a part of the upcoming installment Morbius, possibly crossing paths with Tom Holland’s webslinger and Andrew Garfield’s own hopes for facing off against the symbiote in a fan-desired Amazing Spider-Man 3. Only time will tell what comes next for Venom and whether the Sinister Six will get their proper time to shine on screen.
Source: The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
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