The recent cast list for Spider-Man: Homecoming contained quite a few interesting surprises and some potentially interesting hints at some future developments. While Donald Glover’s role as Aaron Davis, the uncle of Miles Morales, certainly portends some interesting future developments, the inclusion of Michael Mando (Better Call Saul/Orphan Black) as Mac Gargan is a REAL attention getter for a lot of folks.
While details about his return to the MCU are unclear, we can confirm that Mac Gargan will appear in Sony’s Silver and Black. Many of you will recall that the great team over at Splash Report originally broke the news about the plot for Sony’s project and that it included “The Scorpion” in it. Splash Report’s synopsis included the character of the Scorpion as part of a crew of men responsible for the death of the father of the lead character, Silver Sable. Through our sources we can confirm Splash Report’s scoop and in doing so, ask some pretty interesting questions.
It’s a little confusing to take in, but it seems as if we have at two solid options to consider. Option one: Mando will reprise his role as Gargan in Sony’s Silver and Black. Option two: Sony will cast another actor in the role and we will have two Mac Gargans in films released a little more than an year apart from one another. It’s worth noting that while Spider-Man: Homecoming was produced by the team at Marvel Studios, the actors signed contracts with and are paid by Sony. With that being the case, it’s possible that Sony could option Mando to appear in their film, which both Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are making very clear is not going to be set in the MCU…as of now, they say. It would generate a LOT of discussion and if Mando were to show up again as Gargan in Silver and Black.
While most fans jump to the green-suited Scorpion, Mando’s character seems to be more akin to the Ultimate version of the character who was a scarred and tattoed mobster.
However, our source indicated to us that the Scorpion we see in Silver and Black will have some version of the exo-suit fans are used to seeing. So are we seeing a mash up of the 616 and 1610 Scorpions with Mando in the role, or will Sony really be rolling out an entirely different set of characters? Unfortunately we can’t definitively say.
Of further interest, but of the speculative nature, is the role that the Ultimate Gargan played in the early career of Miles Morales, The Ultimate Spider-Man. Morales was blackmailed, by his uncle, to defeat Gargan at the threat of revealing his secret identity to his parents. Morales, with the aid of his uncle, took down Gargan. While there’s no way to know how much of any individual arc will be included into a film, it’ll be interesting to see what role Glover and Mando play in the future of the MCU Spidey films and in what at this point seems like the inevitable inclusion of Morales into them. It seems as though both Sony and Marvel Studios are taking a lot of cues from the Ultimate universe in developing their Spider-properties and with Feige now confirming the existence of Morales in the MCU, it’ll be interesting to see how long it is before we see him put on the mask.
Source: Splash Report