The first teaser for Spider-Man: No Way Home is the most popular movie trailer ever released, and fans of the web-slinging superhero have spent tireless hours going over the clip frame-by-frame over the course of the past week. This has resulted in various tidbits popping up, like Doc Ock's (Alfred Molina) connection to the closing events of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. It's also resulted in a theory that may position Thomas Haden Church's Sandman as a hero in the threequel.
Though most are assuming Sandman will be one of the member's of Sony's Sinister Six, a cloud of sand can be seen in the trailer. While it's far from confirmation Church is returning, the cloud forms a shield in front of Tom Holland's Peter Parker, and absorbs some lightning cast out by Electro (Jamie Foxx).
IS SANDMAN BLOCKING THE LIGHTNING TO SAVE SPIDER-MAN??? pic.twitter.com/eIiqNHljzw— advit (@addyvit) August 24, 2021
Using the connections fans have already connected using Spider-Man 2 and Doc Ock's red-glowing tentacles, it makes perfect sense for Sandman to break good here. As seen in Spider-Man 3, the character really never meant to be a villain, he was simply trying to provide for his sick child. Should the stories carrying over that closely — instead of Marvel Studios giving everyone a soft reboot — it stands to reason Flint Marko (Sandman) is leaving his villainous life behind in an attempt to turn face.
That means there would still be a couple spots to fill on the aforementioned group. We know Doc Ock and Electro are both in the movie, and we're assuming The Lizard is in the feature as well. Combine those three with the tease of Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin, and two spots in the Sinister Six would still be open.
Any thoughts on who'd fill the seats?
The movie's latest synopsis can be found below.
"For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man."
Spider-Man: No Way Home is set for release on December 17th. What other Spidey-family characters do you think will end up appearing in the upcoming feature? Let us know your thoughts either in the comments section or by hitting our writer @AdamBarnhardt up on Twitter to chat all things MCU!