EDITORIAL: Who Should Be The Villain In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sequel? Morlun!

Hit the jump for my take on why I believe J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr.'s "Coming Home" (in which Peter Parker faced off against Morlun) would be a unique and interesting direction to take the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man in.

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By Josh Wilding - 8/3/2012

As enjoyable as The Amazing Spider-Man was, it didn't exactly tell "The Untold Story" we were promised. The trailers featured some fairly prominent scenes featuring Peter Parker, Curt Connors and Doctor Ratha, as the latter two seemingly hinted at there being more to Spider-Man's powers than he realises. Rumour has it that Sony weren't too happy with the first cut off the film and removed these scenes, although whether or not that means we'll get more details on this in the sequel remains to be seen. However, now that they haven't gone down the route of yet another rumour - that Peter's father was more involved with his son gaining powers than just the spider bite - they have another option open to them. When J. Michael Straczynski took over the reigns of The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series all the way back in 2001, he made the somewhat controversial (but ultimately brilliant) decision to explore the mystical side of Peter Parker's powers.

While there has been talk of eventually exploring the death of Gwen Stacy at the hands of the Green Goblin, there's really no need to cram that into the sequel. Oscorp could still play a role in this film, but it would arguably be a much better idea to keep that as a subplot before fully exploring it in a third instalment. A loose adaptation of "Coming Home" would work very well, introducing Ezekiel and simply HINTING at there being a whole other side to Spider-Man's powers. That would be more than enough, especially as going as in-depth as the comic books simply wouldn't work in the universe created by Marc Webb. Dropping Ezekiel from the film altogether is an option, but if that means it works better in the science based world of this iteration of Spider-Man, then so be it. After all, there were enough loose ends in The Amazing Spider-Man, without introducing a character like Ezekiel with powers similar to the hero and then not explaining it. However, I'm not a screenwriter and there is arguably many ways in which he COULD be tied into the story.

There are many iconic villains who should be given the chance to face off against Spider-Man on the big screen, and as much as I'd like to see Electro, Mysterio or the Scorpion (to name but a few), I believe it would be even better to see Morlun. Similar to how The Dark Knight Rises benefited from pitting Batman against a foe who completely overpowered him, it would be incredible to see our hero facing off against a villain who can find him wherever he attempts to hide and is near-invincible. Imagine the two of them fighting through the streets of New York in an epic 10 or 15 minute battle before Spider-Man eventually concocts a serum which will stop him (Morlun intends to feed off his energies and is eventually poisoned when Spider-Man injects himself with radiation). The fact is, while he may not be the most recognisable of villains - not that those mentioned above are likely to be any more well-known to regular moviegoers - the introduction of Morlun brings with it the opportunity for spectacular action AND a truly incredible story.

Perhaps Sony would be better off waiting to explore this whole concept in the next reboot. It could arguably form the basis of an entire trilogy, and condensing it all into one film may fail to do it justice. There are also several differences between Marc Webb's universe and the time in which the "Coming Home" storyline takes place, meaning it would be a very loose adaptation indeed (not that the events of The Amazing Spider-Man were really based on any specific comic books). Regardless, I believe that this would be a very unique and interesting direction for the studio to take the sequel in. The ending in particular - Aunt May discovering a bandaged and sleeping Peter with his Spider-Man costume on the floor in tatters - is another moment it would be great to see, and exploring Aunt May's feelings about her nephew being a supehero (as both JMS did in Amazing and Bendis did in Ultimate) would be another interesting idea to come out of this. What do you guys think? Is Morlun a good choice of villain for the sequel or would you be happier with them bringing some "classic" bad guys to the big screen? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place!



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MisterNiceGuy - 8/3/2012, 1:13 PM
would have been cool but vampires are so overdone in hollywood.
PersonaPostOvo - 8/3/2012, 1:14 PM
Smithe!
darkknight2149 - 8/3/2012, 1:15 PM
Dr. Vincent Stegron (the Dinosaur Man) will probably be in one of the sequels.
SimonPhoenix - 8/3/2012, 1:15 PM
id rather seen Peter Park battle Thanos.... in THE AVENGERS!
IamBatman - 8/3/2012, 1:17 PM
No
Grimfoe - 8/3/2012, 1:18 PM
I'm thinking one of two villians. Kraven or Kingpin.

Either one would give you a "new" take on superhero powers and the reaction to them. Kingpin allows us to see just how difficult it really is to make life and death decisions for a teenage boy.

Kraven would be a very cool take on the character. Especially if he has some sort of reality show based around him.

Could be very cool.
HelaGood - 8/3/2012, 1:21 PM
THIS GUY!!!

Rhys - 8/3/2012, 1:22 PM
@BattlinMurdock,

hopda5nine - 8/3/2012, 1:24 PM
The whole Kingpin/Smythe angle could be cool, but FOX probably still has the rights to Kingpin because of Daredevil. I'm thinking they are going to introuduce Osborn, but maybe hold off on the Goblin til the 3rd one I hope. For ASM#2 I am personally hoping for some combination of Electro, Kraven, and/or Chameleon. The introduction of Black Cat would be welcome, too
hopda5nine - 8/3/2012, 1:26 PM
Imagine if they introduced The Jackyl, though. Possibly as a former associate of Connors and Peter Parker's father, and teased the whole Clone Saga for the third one. Fans would be ecstatic, but we will probably never see that on the big screen.
InfiniteMonkey - 8/3/2012, 1:27 PM
Its should be Tombstone. That bloke will give Spidey are run for his money and the Kingpin in running things in the background.
CoolantTech - 8/3/2012, 1:28 PM
Here's what I think how Peter got his powers, is father injectied his DNA in the spiders (one of which bit Peter) when he was working with the spiders years ago, and since his DNA is basically the same as his dads the spider didn't kill him like it would of if the species was totally foriegn to peter's biology but instead it gave him the power of a 150 spider... make sense?
dnno1 - 8/3/2012, 1:30 PM
I vote for the Jackal and they should do the Spidey Clone saga.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 8/3/2012, 1:32 PM
how about a REAL villain, dumbshit
GodzillaKart - 8/3/2012, 1:37 PM
The Lizard will be hard to follow up. I would like to see Kraven as the main villain and perhaps someone more fantastic as a side story. Helagood's Rhino suggestion might work!
PapaII - 8/3/2012, 1:39 PM
Kraven and Chameleon.
KNIGHT3000 - 8/3/2012, 1:39 PM
New Spidey movie was WEAK at best, not terrible
ULTIMOSPIDER - 8/3/2012, 1:40 PM
Another moron mentioning The Clone Saga

One of the most complex, convoluted , drawn out, confusing story lines in COMIC history...and you think it would be a good idea to involve that?

Yup , Moron

Ugh, questioning who it is...its going to be Norman Osborne in some aspect of the sequel...where i would rather they introduce Norman and wait till the end of Amazing 2 to turn him into GG...thus saving Gwens death for somewhere in part 3 thus i hope they just use two minions/henchmen of Oscorp/Norman Osborn behind the scenes to test Spider-man and maybe reveal some shit about his parents, and their deaths .....

So perhaps use two low key but badass villains to go 2 v1 vs Spidey
Vulture, Electro, Rhino, Kraven all would be great....and no Mysterio ( I [frick]ing hate Mysterio, my least favorite Spidey villain hands down) Im the master of illusion....you fruitcakes clambering for Mysterio are just wanting to live out your Harry Potter vs Spidey fantasy wet dream or some Sleep with my Binky bullshit like that....

No thanks

Nuff Said
novaprime - 8/3/2012, 1:42 PM
Ill like to See, Morbiouse, Kraven, More of lizard and Norman Ozbourn, green goblin, ill like to see Kraven and the lizard in the sequal , b cuz the 1 st lacked of action I want to see the sequal full of action
PapaII - 8/3/2012, 1:42 PM
@Teabag, souless is the right word for TASM.
GodzillaKart - 8/3/2012, 1:45 PM
I thought TASM was pretty great. Third best CBM of the summer, but still pretty great.
CoolantTech - 8/3/2012, 1:50 PM




StrangerX - 8/3/2012, 1:51 PM
Kraven The Hunter and the Chameleon would be my choices
StrangerX - 8/3/2012, 1:56 PM
@tea-where are my bridesmaids boobs
Mego - 8/3/2012, 1:59 PM
Morlun??? Are you serious? There are so many great villains not even touched. +
Why use a guy in the Boomerang, Wizard, Trapster league?

Morlun is a nothing villain. A nobody. He cant even shine the shoes of guys like the Vulture, Black Cat, Goblin, Kingpin, Hammerhead, Hobgoblin, Venom, Elektro, Kraven, Mysterio.

One can point to some of the feats Morlun has performed and the stupidity of a writer having Spider-Man say he hits harder than the Hulk or Thor (hahaha!) or the stupidity of having this poor character break an adamantium net, but thats a very poor writer trying to build a lackluster character up through feats alone.

Its like having the Shocker suddenly be able to beat Thor. An attempt to bring a villain up to the top by merely giving him greater than usual super abilities.

Just because a very stupid writer writes that Morlun is some unbeatable badass doesnt make him a great character.
His appearance, back story, and character all are unappealing and uninteresting. So in other words, MORLUN SUCKS!!!!!!!!!
GodzillaKart - 8/3/2012, 2:04 PM
@darkmetal: Sooooo.....you're in favor of Morlun being the villain?
RamonSuarez - 8/3/2012, 2:05 PM
What a lame suggestion.

I guess they allow any ridiculous editorial to reach the front page here.

TASM spent an entire movie establishing the scientific background of Peter's powers and universe with OSCORP as the unexplored source of bioengineering evil so we could have a sequel with science based villains like Green Goblin, Morbius, Rhino, Vermin, Scorpion, Venom, etc. But now this peckerhead wants us to throw all of that foundation away to explore second rate supernatural villains who have ZERO basis in a science based universe.
StrangerX - 8/3/2012, 2:05 PM
LMAO!!! WTF are you in The Hangover 3.
LordThanos231 - 8/3/2012, 2:08 PM
Morlun is not enough appropriate for the Sequel. By the way, Dr. Connors talked with a mysterious man in the shadows That appeared and disappeared with lightning after he asked him about the boy's father, I guess it was Electro.
superotherside - 8/3/2012, 2:10 PM
I would like them to introduce the more magical side to Spidey as well. Characters like Madame Web could make an appearance that way. It would be great trust me.
GodzillaKart - 8/3/2012, 2:11 PM
@RamonSuarez: I have to agree. Josh acknowledged the science/magic problem with Webb's world in the article, but I think you are right. There are so many animal/human characters that fit perfectly into the story line...as does someone who would want to hunt them *cough*Kraven*cough*.
CaptainAmerica31 - 8/3/2012, 2:15 PM
@tea why are you tea bagging that guy lol?
ImnotDaredevil - 8/3/2012, 2:17 PM
Reboot.......only kidding.
Orangelight - 8/3/2012, 2:17 PM
Hopefully there won't be a sequel.
ImnotDaredevil - 8/3/2012, 2:19 PM
@tea ahh the power of the tight fitting brown ring. ;)
CaptainAmerica31 - 8/3/2012, 2:19 PM
Anyways I think electro would be a good choice but make him a street gangster don't make him related to PP in anyway, leave that to Osborn who should be introduced as a father figure to Peter. I didn't like the lizard to be honest I wish the built up to him. I can see the problems with the film but it being heartless is outrageous I thought it had a lot of heart.
ImnotDaredevil - 8/3/2012, 2:23 PM
@tea " In brightest day & blackest night, remove thy finger & smell my shite!;)
OtakuPapi - 8/3/2012, 2:28 PM
Mysterio with Electro as a Distraction. Or just go full on Kraven with Osborne as a looming figure
M4A3E8 - 8/3/2012, 2:41 PM
Electro could be neat, and Kraven could be physical and very cerebral, but I have alway's been a fan of The Vulture. Actually, I'd like to see a Spider Man movie with no main bad guy. Just Spidey on patrol, rescuing window cleaners and being "amazing". The Doc Ock fight on the train is still my measuring stick for comic movies.
SamHell - 8/3/2012, 2:44 PM
shocker...mysterio?
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