You almost need a bound playbook to figure out the complicated logistics of which Marvel characters can and can't frolic freely in the vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, but some of these legal ground lines were laid decades ago when Marvel was not the Disney-owned movie juggernaut it is today. The latest interesting notion surrounding the Spider-verse and its planned spinoffs and sequels involves the Spider-Man Homecoming character of Scorpion.
Played by actor Michael Mando (Better Call Saul, Orphan Black) and listed in the cast as Mac Gargan (a.k.a. the Scorpion), this stinging supervillain seems to be making an appearance in the Jon Watts-directed Spidey reboot as a prelude to a larger role in the upcoming Silver and Black spinoff feature. This standalone film will be based on the characters of Silver Sable and Black Cat and, like the Venom flick, will apparently be Spider-Man free.
Lending more credence to the rumor and hinting at Mando actually suiting up as Scorpion in Spider-Man Homecoming, the actor took to Instagram and shared this amusing image of a Scorpion Lego mini-fig:
How this will all play out, we'll have to wait for Spider-Man Homecoming to project itself into fandom when it hits theaters on July 7. But it certainly seems this might be a buildup to a Sinister Six feature, with half of the supervillain crew potentially appearing: Vulture, Shocker, and Scorpion.
Or, at the very least, Mando seems set up for Silver and Black, being directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees). And according to sources linked to Splashreport, he has a significant presence in the screenplay as the prime henchman for Mendell Stromm (a.k.a. Robot Master).
Here are the leaked plot details:
Here are some details about the story: Seven years after Mendel Stromm (a.k.a. Robot Master) and his two henchmen (The Scorpion and The Tarantula) killed her father, Silver Sable is hired by the government to find Felicia Hardy. The Black Cat, a master hacker and thief, has apparently stolen valuable secret information. She’s hiding in the lawless and dangerous triple frontier area between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.
Once there, Sable asks her old contact Dmitri Smerdyakov (a.k.a. The Chameleon) to locate her. But it seems, the governments are not the only ones looking for the Black Cat. It seems Felicia had made a deal for Stromm to save her father from a Russian prison, and she’s been genetically enhanced. Now, the mad scientist wants his prized experiment back because his financier (cough Norman Osborn cough) wants a return on his investment.
There’s no appearance or mention of Peter Parker or Spider-Man.
The brawny brawler with a cybernetically controlled mechanical tail seems to have a bright future in the newly christened Spider-verse following the first Venom spinoff.
What do you think of Scorpion crawling into Spider-Man Homecoming next week, and possibly beyond?