Having just watched the stellar reboot of the Spider-Man franchise dubbed The Amazing Spider-Man, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the final scene in which Doc Connors is visited by a mysterious figure who seems to have special knowledge of the fate of Peter Parker’s parents.
Fans and blogs are abuzz as to who this potential sequel-villain could be. As you can see in the video above, all that we see is messy hair and older hands. He also has a gravely voice and is wearing some type of long, cloak-like garment. Most importantly, he seems to appear and then disappear into thin air.
Since I am not a huge comic book fan, I turned to a friend of mine, Jordan Peters, who is a lifelong Spider-Man fan. He has seen the movie and the bonus scene multiple times. The following is his list of possible villains, concluding with his opinion of who it almost certainly is.
PROS: Roderick Kingsley is an associate of Norman Osborn, the owner of Oscorp. Oscorp played a pivotal role in The Amazing Spider-Man. The gravely voice is a signature characteristic of this villain in the 1990s cartoon. He is also connected to Connors.
CONS: The reboot did not introduce us to either of the Osborns, much less Kingsley. Also, Hobgoblin does not have the ability to disappear.
PROS: At first glance, this looks like an attractive possibility. Mysterio debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 comic, and he has the ability to appear and disappear. He also wears a long cape.
CONS: In Jordan’s opinion, Mysterio is too weak of a villain for this new Spider-Man franchise and has no connection to the storylines introduced in the new movie. He is also only ever seen wearing his plexiglass helmet.
PROS: The lightning imagery featured in this short scene immediately calls to mind the shocking villain known as Electro. He is a strong villain and would provide the moviemakers with plenty of exciting visuals.
CONS: He cannot disappear, and he has no known connection to the current storylines.
PROS: Judging by a quick search on Google, this is the most common guess by bloggers. Some are suggesting that Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s version of The Joker and that the reboot could explore the Goblin in new ways, like The Dark Knight did with the re-imagined arch-nemesis of Batman. Normon Osborn owns Oscorp and would be an acquaintance of Connors. The hair, his voice, and his age recalls Willem Defoe’s 2002 version of The Green Goblin.
CONS: First of all, the Green Goblin can’t disappear. The attire is also off. And most importantly, Jordan thinks that the public has seen enough of the goblins from the first trilogy and they will likely not be re-visited anytime soon. Spider-Man has such a wide universe of interesting villains, it’s unlikely they will return to the Green Goblin or even Hobgoblin.
As of now, it seems that Mysterio is the most likely choice, and we have effectively ruled out Green Goblin and Hobgoblin. But there is another little known character who is pivotal to the rise of some of Spider-Man’s most dangerous enemies.
Baron Mordo is highly intelligent, a skilled hypnotist, and most importantly, he’s a user of astral projection and teleportation. His voice has a gravely tone in the 1990s cartoon, he has similar hair, is older, and he wears a long flowing garment. In the cartoon, he is seen in the same scenes as Doctor Connors and is interested in some of his technology.
So who is Baron Mordo? He is strongly associated with interstellar villains, but most importantly, he is responsible for the symbiote suits that possess Eddie Brock and Cletus Kasady. Those characters transform into Venom and Carnage respectively. In the cartoon, he gives the symbiote suits to them as part of his master plan to steal technology from Doctor Connors (as seen in the YouTube clip at the bottom of the page).
The most definitive case for Baron Mordo may be that, in some comics, Richard Parker is revealed as the creator of the symbiote suit that becomes Venom. And Richard Parker is specifically mentioned by the mystery villain of The Amazing Spider-Man. CHECK. MATE.UPDATE NOTE: Having recently combed the final scene for any additional clues, we now see that there is one other hint regarding the identity of the figure. With the last flash of lightning, it appears he is wearing a fedora hat. We know of no important character in the Spider-Man universe who wears a fedora. However, this is quite possibly the same hat that Peter Parker’s father wears earlier in the film. Some have used this as evidence that the shadowy figure is actually Richard Parker. However, it seems unlikely that Peter’s father would refer to himself in the third person, or that another actor would be cast to play a character who would be but 10 years older. Jordan and I believe that the hat is an intentional clue that this figure not only knows what happened to Richard Parker, but is possibly holding him against his will. If the figure is indeed Baron Mordo, it could mean that he is forcing Parker to develop technology such as the symbiote suits.
With the Lizard being a darker, edgier villain, compounded with the new franchise’s more daring tone, it seems likely that the new Spider-Man saga could be on a fast track to featuring a Venom that is more terrifying than the one featured in Spider-Man 3. There have been several rumors circulating about a stand-alone movie for Venom that is in the works. It would make sense for Venom to be re-introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opening the door for a stand-alone Venom movie.
But what would be most attractive about a big-screen adaptation of Baron Mordo is the possibility of Carnage, who is described as being stronger than Spider-Man and Venom combined. As featured in this clip from the Spider-Man cartoon of the 1990s, Carnage is an unstoppable force that is a very exciting prospect for big-screen consideration.
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Special thanks to Jordan Peters for making this post possible.
Check out my review for The Amazing Spider-Man.