EDITORIAL: My Theory On Michael Massee's Character in The TASM Series

We all remember that eery post-credit scene from TASM that didn't really give much away... well it gave nothing away. However in the new trailer, it would appear that Michael Massee's "Man in the shadows" has returned. Just what will he be getting up to in the reboot series? Hit the jump for my thoughts!

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By NovaCorpsFan - 12/5/2013

TASM ended on a particularly mysterious note. We see Dr. Curt Connors dragged into a prison cell where he sits down on a bed. Moments later, a man appears from the shadows. Who he was, we are yet to discover, but due to his presence in the trailer, I figured I'd take a stab at a bit more speculation.

The man doesn't say much but we do get the idea that he knew Peter's father or possibly just knew something about his disappearance. Connors also seems to know this man to some extent. He tells him that he should leave Peter alone. That's where my speculation begins. What could this stranger possibly want with Peter? It would seem this man has some great scheme that involves Peter in some way. Just what is this scheme and how will it play out in these movies? Here's what I think:

The man pictured above is Ezekiel (not sure if his last name was ever revealed). He has powers similar to Peter Parker's which he gained in a much more mystical manner than Peter did. He showed up in a story called The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home. In this, it is revealed that Peter is involved in a totemic battle across the ages to determine the ultimate creature on the planet. This is why he has fought so many animalistic villains like Rhino, Lizard, Doc Ock and so on and so forth. The ultimate challenge of this being that he would have to defeat a being known as Morlum, who was supposedly immortal and could drain the energy out of his foes with every physical contact.

Ezekiel is the one who breaks this news to Peter. However, I see this going down much differently in the movies. I see them combining this above story with the 00 formula from the first movie. The man in the shadows may have come across as villainous but I reckon otherwise. I think he may be Ezekiel and he is ensuring Peter reaches his destiny as the top predator. To do this however, he probably has to give Peter ways to display his dominance, thus he may play a part in the introductions of Vulture and Doc Ock, or indeed any other villains they decide to throw into future movies. To support that, here's an image from the trailer that shows Massee's character wandering past Ock's tentacles and Vulture's wings.

So, where would all of this lead exactly? In an ideal world, Ezekiel would reveal himself later on in the game and we discover the whole origins of this totemic battle and then Spidey fights Morlun and we have the perfect end to a trilogy. Spidey would be pushed to his very limits, he nearly dies in the book, and we'd see Peter finally come to terms with his life as Spider-Man. This is the movies of course, so I wouldn't bet on an exact translation. I think the only suitable replacement for Morlun would be Carnage. Carnage is just one of those villains that you can really feel afraid of. Like Joker, the guy's utterly out of his mind and has no disregard for killing and has committed many a horrible crime. He can also push Spidey to his limits and would be a really engaging villain that we're yet to see brought to life on film.

Well, that's my idea. What do you lot think about this character? Who do you think he is and how might he be put to use in the future? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
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GliderMan - 12/5/2013, 11:48 AM
I was kind of thinking the Gentleman from those novels. Idrc. This whole Sinister Six thing isn't making much sense. Seems like they're doing it for the sake of doing it.

Minty - 12/5/2013, 12:08 PM
I have to say I really like this theory and would love it for the trilogy to play out like this. By introducing this Ezekiel as an overarching villain (not working for Osborn) they would finally separate this series from Raimi's trilogy. It also plays really well into the Richard Parker-Spidey Origins mystery if Ezekiel is indeed like Peter. Also there's something really awesome about this 'man in the shadows' character.

The Carnage point fits in really well too, especially in light of Jim Carrey being rumoured for the role recently.

Anyway great theory, I really like the idea. And kudos on not focusing on the more 'popular' bits about the TASM2 trailer (e.g. Electro, Harry etc)!
Spidey10 - 12/5/2013, 12:09 PM
I remember Morlun He had to shoot himself with radiation again to beat him if I remember right...such an epic fight in the streets they had....one of the handful times Spidey actually ran away from dude he was too strong
HeisenBane - 12/5/2013, 12:10 PM
He definitely looks the part. If i remember correctly, did he use Black Cat to keep tabs on all the animal super humans? Could definitely be the case if felicity jones ends up as black cat after all.
Spidey10 - 12/5/2013, 12:11 PM
Props on the article
Spidey10 - 12/5/2013, 12:12 PM
Nah Ezekiel worked alone from what i remember he followed Pete everywhere tho...he was able to keep up with him
NovaCorpsFan - 12/5/2013, 12:13 PM
Shit, I spellt it Morlum didn't I? Fed up of doing that.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/5/2013, 12:16 PM

I try to spot the little things and build off those. Did you know there's a crew member in the corner of the frame in a scene of The Avengers? So far nobody I've asked has seen him.
Minty - 12/5/2013, 12:26 PM
@Nova - haha no I didn't! Well played, I guess you're the guy I need to go to in search of easter eggs in new CBMs :)
NovaCorpsFan - 12/5/2013, 2:17 PM

Indeed I am. Ispotted a metric shit tonne of things most didn't in X-2. When Mystique sits down at the computer, there's a single longshot frame of one of the screens. It was covered in files so I paused and zoomed in. There were references to every mutant under the sun.

Wade Wilson, Victor Creed, Karl Lykos, Dept. H and a bunch of other things. I have an editorial in which I list everything I could make out. Took me a while, but it was worth it.


You always quote comics perfectly, it's pretty astonishing. I lovedComing Home, one of if not my favourite Spidey story. Spidey fights non-stop for 2 days, first thing he does is drop the kids off at the pool.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/5/2013, 2:28 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention in the article. To any who complain about the guy already being in the cell, Ezekiel has spider-like abilities (agility, wall-crawling, etc.). So, he could have easily used these abilities to gain access to the cell through a vent or something.
ToxicCap - 12/5/2013, 2:37 PM
I think he's Eddie Brock Sr.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/5/2013, 3:09 PM

What makes you think that?
MrNiklander - 12/5/2013, 3:59 PM
Wow that is a hell of a theory!!!!!!
CaptainAmerica31 - 12/5/2013, 6:35 PM
I'm thinking The gentlemen. The gentlemen is who brings the sinister six together. Also Webb said in an interview " think GENTLEMEN"
MrCameron - 12/5/2013, 6:43 PM
Whoa never thought of this before. Makes so much sense.
Tainted87 - 12/5/2013, 6:49 PM
What if Michael Massee is playing Jean Claude Van Damme. And he wants to teach Peter how to do the most epic of splits.

Try to disprove my theory, try.
GliderMan - 12/5/2013, 7:11 PM
@Tainted87 LMAO, that was a good one
IIIAdamantiumIII - 12/5/2013, 7:15 PM
Masse will be one of the sinister six.
ToxicCap - 12/5/2013, 7:18 PM
@NovaCorpsFan Idk just the fact that he knows Peter's father. Sorry for the late reply.
Dandy - 12/5/2013, 8:09 PM
I think there are three main characters he could be playing.

#1- Hobgoblin (Kingsley): maybe that "green goblin" we are seeing in the trailers isn't the Green Goblin at all. Maybe it's Kingsley who in this version works for Norman and serves as a test subject, transforming him into the hobgoblin.

#2- Green Goblin: when Harry or Norman inject themselves they transform physically into the Green Goblin played by Massee.

#3- Mysterio: give meaning to his name by making the character truly a mysterious face in the franchise before bringing him to the forefront.

I could see any of these working. Or it might just be that he was a temporary stand in for Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn and it all means nothing.
NICKHART - 12/5/2013, 8:57 PM
it's definitely the gentleman. there was an interview with mark webb a while ago on THIS WEBSITE where he mentioned that character specifically. plus he is responsible for putting together the sinister six in the comics. so far we have lizard (1 villain) plus green goblin, rhino and elctro (which makes 4 villains) and he walks past the things that create dock ock and vulture (which makes 6 villains total) personally i hope that harry and/or electro kills gwen in this film, the amazing spiderman 3 features mj and teases vulture and doc ock, but his main battle is with venom, then there is a venom spinoff where flash becomes agent venom and then helps peter defeat the sinister six in amazing spider man 4. that would be perfection
TheIronStomach - 12/5/2013, 10:12 PM
Well the old guy is old, so I'm gonna guess what I said in the theater after seeing that in ASM.



After seeing the robotic Oscorp wings I've never been more confident

MightyZeus - 12/5/2013, 10:15 PM
Interesting theory and an awesome editorial. I believe that you might be correct and it does look as if that it's Michael Masse in that screen shot walking past the two paraphernalia in the background but i also believe that scene to be in the mid credits scene. I think that it's not Osborn running the show and calling the shots but i believe that it;s Masse's character that's behind it all kind of like Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins.
rabid - 12/5/2013, 11:00 PM
He's going to be The Gentleman... the mysterious man who puts together the Sinister 6.
Marc Webb already confirmed it.
NovaCorpsFan - 12/5/2013, 11:30 PM
Even though he may be The Gentleman, who's to say they don't put a spin on that and give him an actual identity.
rabid - 12/5/2013, 11:39 PM
If they did that, then I'd guess Smythe.
113 - 12/5/2013, 11:45 PM
Good article, really interesting argument. Hmmm
TheFable - 12/6/2013, 7:44 AM
Don't you all think he's OTTO OCTAVIOUS
badwolfbay - 12/6/2013, 10:52 AM
Cool article! You guys know hot to make me hyped!
FantasticSpidey - 12/6/2013, 11:12 AM
Personally there are only 3 choices for Carnage:

1) David Tennant
2) Joseph Gilgun
3) Jim Carrey

I'd prefer Carrey as J Jonah Jameson, not being goofy like old-school Carrey, but being more like Col Stars and Stripes. He can nail the JJJ character.

Gilgun is great on Misfits, and was basically the only thing good in Lockout. He could pull off Carnage pretty well and is young enough if that is the route they want to take with him.

Tennant is perfect for the role. He is older, capable of of providing a great performance (just go watch Doctor Who Series 2-4 to confirm that) and looks the part, albeit he will need a little Gingerfication (irony).

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