Spider-Man: Homecoming teased fans on the future of the Sinister Six with a post-credit scene involving Adrian Toomes (The Vulture) and Mac Gargan (The Scorpion), and it is well documented that Sony has long been interested in producing a Sinister Six movie, including one originally announced for a 2016 release prior to their deal with Marvel. Such a movie could easily become bloated with too many characters, several of which are yet-to-be-revealed, and one would think that other Avengers would be necessary to level the playing field. However, as we all know, Marvel typically does a tremendous job of juggling characters and connecting plot threads in their cinematic universe, and here is how I think they can do so in Spider-Man: Far From Home
At the start of the film, Peter Parker, he encounters a highly reputable and well accomplished special effects expert, Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio), played by Jake Gyllenhaal, working on a movie re-enacting the events of Avengers: Infinity War in Central Park, who has the tall task of trying to replicate the abilities of Iron Man, Doctor Strange, and Wong. Peter spectates for a bit before mumbling about how “That isn’t how it happened” before leaving to resume his daily routine.
Determined to succeed in such a high budget film, Beck does everything he can to pull off the effects needed to portray the action-packed sequence in Central Park, but his director instead decides to abandon Beck’s approach in lieu of a heavier CGI style to the disgust of a Beck, somewhat of a traditionalist in the film industry. Later that night, Spider-Man manages to catch the director attempting to rob a bank with some highly advanced tech. After apprehending him, it is revealed that the perpetrator is actually Beck, who, while utilizing some of his own effects, was trying to frame the director out of spite. Beck is captured and imprisoned.
Fast forward to several months later. Spider-Man is getting ready for a trip to Europe as part of an international academic decathlon. Meanwhile, Toomes, Gargan, and Beck, three characters with differing primary motivations, have been scheming on how to escape from prison while also forming a bit of an uneasy alliance centered around the mutual interest of getting revenge on Spider-Man. They enlist the services of an old associate of Gargan’s, Dmitri Smerdyakov (aka The Chameleon), to be potentially played by Numan Acar, to break them out of prison. Smerdyakov is a former Russian spy, formerly affiliated with Black Widow, who had most recently been working for the Russian Mafia (Daredevil Easter Egg!). Toomes puts him in touch with Phineas Mason (aka The Tinkerer) from Homecoming, who provides him with the very same device that Black Widow utilized to masquerade as one of the council members in Winter Soldier. He, in turn, uses this tech to impersonate a guard, allowing Toomes, Beck, and Gargan to escape.
Afterwards, they regroup with Mason and Herman Schultz (aka The Shocker), who has been laying low since the events of Homecoming, as he had originally planned prior to their last-ditch effort to rob Stark. Mason equips the group with some enhanced specialized equipment including a suit for Gargan and a belt for Smerdyakov that can link to his newly acquired camouflage device, but with the added benefit of actively uploading several different identities into the device via a camera instilled in the belt. Thus, the Sinister Six is formed, and they head to Europe to track down Spider-Man, who is helped by Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and Smerdyakov’s old associate, Black Widow. Ultimately, the group’s differing motivations become their undoing. Toomes wants Spider-Man for himself after the events of Homecoming, Gargan is a loose cannon, Smerdyakov’s primary focus turns to Black Widow once she gets involved, Schultz’s heart isn’t in it, Beck isn’t a hardened enough criminal, and Mason is, for lack of a better word, just a tinkerer.
Now, this is a very different grouping than the original Six, as only Chameleon, Vulture, and Mysterio were in the original iteration in the comics. Doctor Octopus and Electro were too recently portrayed in previous Spider-Man films, and, while we will probably see Doc Ock in a Marvel Studios-backed incarnation, I don’t think Electro makes an interesting and unique enough villain to warrant a reboot. Additionally, Hydro-Man, who appears in a later incarnation of the Sinister Six, has been rumored to appear in the film as well. However, given the character’s background as well as the high amount of characters already appearing in the film, he seems tough to fit in. The biggest snub, however, is undoubtedly Kraven the Hunter, who has long been anticipated by fans to make his cinematic debut in this series of Spidey films.
While fans will be anticipating Kraven from the moment Chameleon, his brother, first shows up on screen, I imagine that, after Spider-Man has vanquished and imprisoned the Sinister Six, Kraven is teased as this movie’s post-credit film for the third and final film of the Tom Holland-led franchise based heavily on the dark, heavy, and critically acclaimed “Kraven’s Last Hunt” storyline. I feel as though that would make for a better introduction to Kraven, and stuffing him in Far From Home alongside several other new and undeveloped villains may not do his character justice. An additional post-credit scene can also feature an interaction between Black Widow and Smerdyakov in prison, leading directly into her Black Widow solo movie.
In order to strike their deal with Marvel, one would think that two key asks of Sony content-wise were a) a Venom movie to kick-start their own “Spider-Verse” and b) the Sinister Six movie that they always wanted to produce, and my guess is that they are finally getting everything they wanted four years after said deal.