Is Marvel Studios Planning a Sinister Six Film?

With the news that Keanu Reeves is being eyed for a role as Kraven the Hunter, it’s clear to me that Marvel Studios is working towards a Sinister Six film. Sony Pictures tried to lay the groundwork for the Sinister Six in Amazing Spider-Man 2 but with the film’s poor performance stopped that right in its tracks.

For those unfamiliar with the Sinister Six, let’s have a quick history lesson. The Sinister Six are a group of supervillains appearing in Spider-Man comic books. The original Sinister Six was led by Doctor Octopus and also included Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, Sandman and Kraven the Hunter. The team has taken many forms and different members have come and gone but in most iterations of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus remains the leader.

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The Sinister Six

Within the MCU only two members of the Sinister Six already exist. Vulture (Michael Keaton) and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal). It is rumored that in the next Spider-Man film, Electro (Jamie Foxx) from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina) from Spider-Man 2 will make an appearance. If these rumors are true then the Sinister Six of the MCU will be up to four members. Keanu Reeves as Kraven the Hunter would bring it up to five. Sandman made an appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home but this version of Sandman was a construct made by Mysterio and not the real Sandman. It is unclear if the actual Sandman exists within the MCU.

Now I want to list the other villians that have made an appearance in the SPUMC/MCU, and let’s see if Marvel Studios is maybe working on its own iteration of the Sinister Six, maybe one we haven’t seen before. Also, SPUMC stands for Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. Yes I know it’s stupid, I don’t blame you for not knowing what it stood for.

SPUMC/MCU Villains:

  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady) played by Woody Harrelson
  • Morbius (Michael Morbius) played by Jared Leto
  • Prowler (Aaron Davis) played by Donald Glover
  • Scorpion (Mac Gargan) played by Michael Mando
  • Shocker (Herman Schultz) played by Bokeem Woodbine.
  • Venom (Eddie Brock) played by Tom Hardy

Now I’m going to list all these villains together and see what Sinister Six teams we can build from them.

Sinister Six Possibles:

  • Carnage (Cletus Kasady)
  • Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius)
  • Electro (Max Dillon)
  • Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Nikolaevich Kravinoff)
  • Morbius (Michael Morbius)
  • Mysterio (Quentin Beck)
  • Prowler (Aaron Davis)
  • Scorpion (Mac Gargan)
  • Shocker (Herman Schultz)
  • Venom (Eddie Brock)
  • Vulture (Adrian Toomes)

I’m not including the Sandman simply because we haven’t seen the actual Sandman in either the SPUMC or the MCU.

There is no iteration of the Sinister Six that can be made with the characters I listed. The Sandman is in virtually all of them. That having been said, I came up with two versions of the Sinister Six sans Sandman.

Sinister Six 1: MCU

  • Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius)
  • Electro (Max Dillon)
  • Mysterio (Quentin Beck)
  • Scorpion (Mac Gargan)
  • Shocker (Herman Schultz)
  • Vulture (Adrian Toomes)

This is the Sinister Six made up of four characters that already exist within the MCU and two characters that have already appeared in other Spider-Man films that have been rumored to appear in the next MCU Spider-Man film.

Sinister Six 2: MCU/SPUMC

  • Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius)
  • Electro (Max Dillon)
  • Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Nikolaevich Kravinoff)
  • Morbius (Michael Morbius)
  • Mysterio (Quentin Beck)
  • Vulture (Adrian Toomes)

This Sinister Six I came up with after recently rewatching the Morbius trailer. In the trailer, Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) and Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton) strike up a conversation. This is a crossing of universes, confirming to me at least that the MCU and SPUMC intend to crossover. I’m also heavily relying on the rumors that Alfred Molina is returning as Otto Octavius and Jamie Foxx is returning as Max Dillon.

There are plenty of characters on the table, I see many variations of the Sinister Six that Marvel Studios can come up with. Another interesting curveball to be thrown into the mix is Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) rumored to portray the Hobgoblin. The Hobgoblin has appeared in more than one version of the Sinister Six, anything is possible.

Anything can happen, all we can do now is speculate and theorize. I’m betting that many of my questions will be answered December 17th, 2021 when the next MCU Spider-Man film is scheduled to swing into theaters.

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