Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Far From Home ahead.
Director Jon Watts opens up about whether or not he’s planning for a Sinister Six after Spider-Man: Far From Home. With two films in for the Spider-Man film series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are curious what’s next for the web-slinging hero. And based on how his arc is shaping in the franchise thus far, many are convinced that Watts is subtly setting up an eventual movie that will assemble some of the character’s most notable antagonists.
Far From Home ended with a few plot twists that are indicative of what can be expected in the MCU. The after-credits reveals are more related to the franchise as a whole, but the mid-credits stinger spells what lies ahead personally for Spider-Man. Not only was his secret identity as Peter Parker has outed thanks to a heavily manipulated video from Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), it also debuted the universe’s version of J. Jonah Jameson, still played by JK Simmons. No word yet who the next villain is for Spider-Man’s next outing, but whoever he is, rumor has it that it will eventually build up toward a Sinister Six film.
Screen Rant asked Watts during the Far From Home junket about his supposed plan for the said ensemble bad guy movie. The filmmaker maintained that he’s taking these movies one at a time, but he didn’t vehemently deny that somehow this speculation could come into fruition.
Jon Watts: Again, I always just try to focus on one movie at a time. But for me, it’s always about trying to surprise people and show people things that they haven’t seen before. And Spider-Man has such a rich Rogues Gallery. I mean, I figured out a way to get Hydro-Man, Molten Man, Cyclone and even Sandman kind of into this movie. You can always go somewhere crazy.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige often says the same thing about focusing their energy one movie at a time, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have any ideas on what lies ahead for their universe. And it’s not difficult to imagine that they take a similar approach for the Spider-Man franchise, proof of that is Feige’s comments about long-planing Far From Home’s opening scene and Mysterio’s debut. Spider-Man: Homecoming’s main antagonist, Vulture (Michael Keaton) and Scorpion (Michael Mando) still exist in the MCU. While Far From Home saw the death of Mysterio, one wouldn’t be surprised to see him back on his feet. Whoever the next villain is for Spider-Man 3, Watts would’ve introduced a string of notable villains after the threequel that pulling them all together for a Sinister Six would be rather easy.
Watts said that he wants to do something unexpected, and at this point, almost everyone is expecting a Sinister Six film down the road. Being one of the most iconic narratives for the character, there’s a good chance that this a version of it will grace the big screen. For the most part, Watts has done a great job subverting expectations with both Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, so it’s curious how he’s going to approach this potential movie assuming that he remains to be the primary creative force behind the sub-franchise.