Rather than rehashing, Spider-Man’s latest storytellers should try on these plotlines

J. Caleb Mozzocco

The Sinister Six Realizing that sometimes it takes a village to beat a hero, various Spidey villains occasionally unite under this nefarious name. The original lineup included a mix of characters that have made it into previous films (Doctor Octopus, the Sandman) and a few who haven’t (the Vulture, Electro, Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter). A Spider-Man 4 could have pooled past villains with new ones to hit the magic number, and found the team-up sweet spot The Avengers hit.

The Black Cat Love interests Mary Jane Watson, Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy were introduced in the first three flicks (and Stacy returns in the new one), but Sam Raimi and company never got around to introducing the Black Cat, a cat-suited super-thief who was an on-again, off-again Spidey girlfrenemy until he settled down and married MJ. Of course, given the presence of a more popular feline fatale in the other big superhero movie coming out this month, maybe it’s best Sony held off on introducing her.

“Kraven’s Last Hunt” Many fans consider this 1987 Spider-Man story to be one of the best. It stars big game hunter-turned-supervillain Kraven, who “kills” Spidey, buries him, replaces him and tries to prove himself a better man by being a better Spider-Man. I’d line up now to see that on the big screen.


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