Across nine Spider-Man films, a massive number of Spider-Man villains have appeared on the big screen. The Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, the second Green Goblin, Venom, Sandman, Lizard, Electro, Rhino, Vulture, Shocker, Tinkerer, Riot, Kingpin, Prowler, Tombstone, Scorpion and Mysterio have all been full-on supervillains in either live-action or animated films. With partial cameos or allusions to antagonists like Carnage, Hydro-Man and Molten Man, there have been over 21 different Spider-Man villains in nine films.
While that's a massive number of villains, Spider-Man has one of the biggest, and best, rogues galleries in comics. And somehow, a few big name villains still haven't made the jump to the big screen. Now, CBR is breaking down some of the major villains who haven't appeared on screen yet and where they might still show up in theaters.
The very first supervillain Spider-Man ever confronted was the Chameleon. The master of disguise has been a continuous threat to the web-swinger ever since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's Amazing Spider-Man #1, but the character has never appeared in the action-heavy Spider-Man film franchise. There was speculation that a minor character who appeared in Spider-Man: Far From Home could turn out to be the villain, given that he shared a first-name with Nick Fury's agent Dimitri.
However, this seemingly didn't end up coming to fruition, and the character has yet to make an appearance in a live-action film. He could make an appearance in the MCU, but his understated spycraft might not work as well against the bright and fast-paced action of the MCU Spider-Man.
Kraven the Hunter
Another classic villain who has never made the jump to the big screen is Kraven the Hunter. The last member of the original Sinister Six to not make their cinematic debut, Kraven has yet to make the leap from the comics. It might be because the former big-game hunter turned supervillain is one of the darkest villains in the Spider-Man franchise, due to his deep obsession with Spider-Man and psychological plots.
Although, the lack of Kraven on the big screen isn't for a lack of trying. Multiple producers and directors have tried to bring the character to film, including Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. The writers of Far From Home has said they also want Kraven for the next Spider-Man film. Allegedly, Sony is currently at work on a stand-alone Kraven film, but it's unknown if Spider-Man (or even potentially Venom) will make an appearance in the film.
Multiple Spider-Man films have included a version of the Green Goblin. Whether that's Norman Osborn or Harry Osborn, the Green Goblin has become the most prevalent cinematic Spider-Man villain, but there's never been an appearance of Hobgoblin.
The successor to Norman Osborn uses stolen technology to try and carve his own place in New York's villainous community, the Hobgoblin is one of the most mysterious villains Spider-Man has ever confronted. Several individuals have operated as the Hobgoblin, and his real identity was kept secret for years, even Ned Leeds worked as the Hobgoblin while he was brainwashed. Although it's unlikely that the current incarnation of Ned, who's closer to Peter than most other versions of the character, will become Hobgoblin down the line, but it's likely only a matter of time until the crafty villain finally makes his cinematic debut.
Another frequent enemy are the robotic creations of the Smythe family. Spencer and his son Alister were both brilliant scientists who were hired to hunt down Spider-Man. To that end, they created a line of robotic assassins called the Spider-Slayers. Although Spencer died in his attempt to kill Spider-Man, his son Alister took his role and built new Spider-Slayers.
Along the way, he even experimented on himself to become the Ultimate Spider-Slayer. Alistar was actually briefly appeared in Amazing Spider-Man 2, portrayed by B.J. Novak, as the boss of Max Dillon, the future Electro, but that timeline ended following the muted reaction to the film. Needless to say, he never got the chance to build a Spider-Slayer. But given how Spider-Man: Far From Home ended, it's possible that the Spider-Slayers could make their MCU debut soon, especially if Smythe has the same benefactor that he did in his first appearance.
It makes sense why some newer villains haven't yet made the transition to film, but it's still exciting to wonder which ones will make the transition next. A character like the mastermind Mister Negative is barely a decade old. The character was introduced during the "Brand New Day" era of Spider-Man comics and has returned many times since his initial debut. The empowered gang lord makes for a compelling crime character, and his striking design is instantly iconic.
Mister Negative saw his profile rise dramatically as one of the main antagonists in the Marvel's Spider-Man video game, he still hasn't made the leap to film. Given his newfound multimedia stardom, it's likely only a matter of time until Mister Negative shows up as one of Spider-Man's street-level foes.
In comics, both Spider-Verse and its follow-up Spider-Geddon revolved around the relatively recent villain Morlun and his family of energy vampires. Created by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr., he can consume the energies of empowered people, killing them instantly and further empowering him. He is also a powerhouse capable of batting Spider-Man around with ease.
Morlun and his family targeted all the different Spider-Men and Spider-Women of Marvel's multiverse in the Spider-Verse crossover. If the Marvel multiverse ever plays a role in the future of the MCU, Morlun and the rest of the Inheritors could be an exciting way to either introduce other spider heroes. At the very least, Morlun and his family stand a non-zero chance of showing up in a sequel to tie last year's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.