The latest Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer dropped viewers in the middle on an alternate universe where Peter Parker has been established as Spider-Man for years. Here, Peter is an adult, and he's taken a young student under his wing, Miles Morales, whom he will guide into becoming the newest Spider-Man.
Miles may be the central character of this story, but Peter appears to also have a big role as well, which makes sense; after all, this is a Spider-Man story. And wherever Spider-Man goes, faces from his rogues gallery are sure to follow.
While we had some idea of which classic Spider-Man villain Miles and Peter would face in Into the Spider-Verse, the second trailer of the film confirmed three of them. Some of these villains audiences will surely recognize, but there is one some might not be so familiar with.
The Green Goblin
Norman Osborn's villainous alter ego the Green Goblin is perhaps the most well-known of all Spider-Man villains. He appeared in live-action films before, he starred in most of the Spider-Man related cartoon shows ever made, and he's been a thorn in Peter Parker's side in the comic books for more than a half-century. In the trailer, we see what appears to be a take on the Ultimate Universe version of the character, which is considerably larger and more imposing than the Green Goblin in the regular Marvel Universe.
Where the original Green Goblin is simply a man in a costume, the Ultimate version of the character is a genuine monster. This take on Norman Osborn sees the villain inject himself with a compound that literally transforms him into a giant, green, hulking Goblin. In the trailer, we see the Goblin is gigantic, which is imposing enough before we even get to the dragon-like wings on his back. We see him clash with Peter Parker's Spider-Man on multiple occasions in the short trailer alone, signaling that these two must have a long and storied rivalry.
While Marvel Cinematic Universe fans may be more familiar with Wilson "The Kingpin" Fisk as Daredevil's enemy, the character made his name as a Spider-Man villain, and has been closely associated with the wall-crawler for decades. The Kingpin barely appears in the trailer, although we can glimpse him in one specific moment, when an explosion highlights his massive frame.
We aren't certain what type of role Fisk will have in the film, but his inclusion is as noteworthy as it is brief. In the Into the Spider-Verse world, Peter Parker has been active as Spider-Man for a very long time, which means that he must have an extensive rogues gallery. Surely, the Kingpin has been active in New York for an amount of time that rivals Peter's, and we have no doubt that we will see his criminal dealings come to have some effect on Miles' story.
The Prowler is perhaps the least known villain in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. You can catch a glimpse of him in his purple costume, with massive gauntlets and a mask with eyes that look similar to Spider-Man's. In the trailer, he faces off against Parker's Spider-Man, but we (spider-)sense that he'll inevitably come face-to-face with Miles Morales' superhero identity. After all, The Prowler is the alter ego of Aaron Davis, who just so happens to be Miles' uncle.
As Prowler, Aaron is a careered criminal and thief. In the comics, his criminal activities led to Miles being bitten by a genetically altered spider, and the two of them became enemies. There's no telling yet if these exact turn of events will take place in Into the Spider-Verse, but the Prowler's presence can't be a coincidence. Miles is just coming into his own as a superhero and one way or another, he'll have to learn that with great power comes great responsibility.
In theaters this Christmas, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse stars Shameik Moore, Brian Tyree Henry, Jake Johnson, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld and Liev Schreiber.