It’s never too early to start discussing potential directions for the conclusion to the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy. SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is yet to hit theaters, but there are already rumors circling the third film in the franchise. Recent rumors suggest SONY wants Tom Hardy’s Venom to appear in the third installment of the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy. But is that the right move? Similar studio interference led to Venom’s inclusion in the infamous SPIDER-MAN 3.

Thankfully, there are lots of other options to pursue instead of Venom. For example, the sequel to SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME could adapt storylines featuring the Sinister Six, Dormammu, and Tombstone. No other Spider-Man film features any of these villains, making them much more interesting choices. So here are three potential Spider-Man stories that the MCU could adopt in the future.

1. The Sinister Six Gather After SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

SONY made it clear with the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN franchise that they desperately want to make a film featuring the Sinister Six. The Sinister Six first appeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 in 1964. Immediately, the Six were a hit. Over the years, Spider-Man battling a rotating cast of the Sinister Six has become a staple of his storylines.

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Originally, the Sinister Six consisted of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Sandman, Kraven, and Mysterio. Meanwhile, the Ultimate Universe’s version of the Sinister Six featured Doctor Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Sandman, Kraven, and the Green Goblin. If the MCU wishes to adopt the six, their roster will look much different.

In SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Vulture, Shocker, and Tinkerer made their on-screen debuts. While Vulture and Shocker are obvious candidates for a potential Sinister Six, Tinkerer doesn’t quite fit the bill. Alone, he wouldn’t stand a chance against Spider-Man. However, HOMECOMING also introduced Mac Gargan. In the comics, Mac Gargan is the supervillain known as Scorpion. He could definitely join the team.

Additionally, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME will introduce audiences to Mysterio, Chameleon, Hydro-Man, and Molten Man. All four of these antagonists have the potential to participate in the Sinister Six. With Mysterio, Chameleon, Hydro-Man, Molten Man, Shocker, Vulture, and Scorpion at their disposal, nothing is stopping SONY/Marvel from establishing the Sinister Six in Spider-Man 3. But which Sinister Six storyline from the comics would SONY/Marvel adapt?

Death of Ultimate Spider-Man
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Personally, I would like to see a HOME ALONE inspired take on “The Death of Spider-Man.” During “The Death of Spider-Man,” the Sinister Six use their knowledge of Spider-Man’s secret identity to attack Peter Parker at his house. Considering how many people already know Parker’s identity in the MCU, a similar storyline is beyond plausible.

2. Peter Turns 18 After SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #500 marked the end of J. Michael Straczynski’s 3-part “Happy Birthday” storyline. During “Happy Birthday,” Dormammu and his Mindless Ones invade New York. Amidst the chaos, a Mindless One kills Mary Jane, and Spider-Man gets trapped in a realm outside of time and space.

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In order to return to the present, Spider-Man must relive every battle from his past. He did so with emotional support from a future version of Doctor Strange. At the end of “Happy Birthday,” Peter Parker returns home, where Doctor Strange gives him a special birthday present: He uses magic to let Parker speak to his Uncle Ben one last time. If the third Spider-Man film adapts “Happy Birthday,” those Spider-Man fans craving an appearance from Uncle Ben in the MCU would be beyond pleased. Spider-Man traveling through time and re-visiting his past gives Marvel a chance to finally explore his origin. In which case, I nominate Tom Hanks or Brendan Fraser as potential Uncle Ben actors.

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Lastly, the inclusion of “time-travel” encourages further exploration of the multi-verse mentioned in the FAR FROM HOME trailers. At one point in “Happy Birthday,” Spider-Man catches a glimpse of his future self. Maybe in the name of fan-service, Marvel could get Tobey Maguire to play an older version of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man?

On top of pleasing comic book fans and Maguire fans, an adaptation of “Happy Birthday” would also make Holland fans happy. The birthday setting could allow Tom Holland’s Parker to literally become a man by turning 18 years old. Furthermore, the inclusion of magic and time-travel continues the trend set by HOMECOMING and FAR FROM HOME of putting Spider-Man in unfamiliar situations.

3. Introducing ULTIMATE KNIGHTS

In 1998, MARVEL KNIGHTS took over the comic book industry. The stage is now set for them to take over the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The opportunity presents itself in the finale to the MCU Spider-Man trilogy. Originally, the Marvel Knights consisted of Daredevil, Black Panther, Punisher, and the Inhumans. Over time, the roster evolved. Throughout ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #107, Daredevil assembles a team to take down the Kingpin once and for all. (The film could replace Kingpin with another crime boss like Tombstone in order to avoid repetition.)

Daredevil’s rag-tag team of vigilantes consists of Moon Knight, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Shang-Chi. Obviously, some characters would need reboots following the Netflix cancellations. I suggest casting Michael C. Hall as Daredevil and Matt Barr as Iron Fist.

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Throughout this “Ultimate Knights” storyline, Spider-Man comes into conflict with the team and their ambiguous sense of morality. Utilizing a surprising amount of maturity, Spider-Man urges the team not to go through with killing Kingpin. During the finale, Spider-Man saves the Kingpin’s wife, Vanessa, by persuading Daredevil out of murdering her. Clearly, the MCU likes to take bold creative directions with the third installment in their trilogies. THOR: RAGNAROK, IRON MAN 3 both placed their respective franchises under the guidance of a very stylistic direction. Similarly, an adaptation of “Ultimate Knights” lets Marvel Studios switch things up and tell a darker Spider-Man story. Additionally, adapting “Ultimate Knights” allows for excellent character growth in Peter Parker.

So far, Holland’s Spider-Man is largely dependent on mentor figures like Tony Stark, Nick Fury, and Mysterio. But in an adaptation of “Ultimate Knights,” Spider-Man will take a leading role among a group of jaded adults. It would be a fitting end to his character’s journey over his past five film appearances.

This Trilogy is Far From Over…

In summary, there are other Spider-Man stories that show much more potential than another Venom-related film. Adaptations of “The Death of Spider-Man,” “Happy Birthday,” and “Ultimate Knights” sound particularly awesome. Each of these storylines would take the web-slinger in a bold new direction while wrapping up previously established plot threads. Hopefully, after the release of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Marvel will provide more insight into their plans for the character.

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