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At the end of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME, Mysterio frames Spider-Man for murder and reveals his real name to the world. The ending left fans wondering: “What happens next?” Fortunately, there are old Spider-Man comics and cartoons that explore similar ground, from which Marvel could take inspiration for SPIDER-MAN 3. In fact, there are at least five Spider-Man storylines that deal with either Spider-Man/Peter Parker being framed, or Spider-Man being exposed as Peter Parker.

Here are 5 Spider-Man stories Marvel/SONY might adapt in SPIDER-MAN 3!

1. Spider-Man 3: Daredevil Team-Up

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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME revolves mainly around Parker’s new pair of high-tech glasses infused with an AI named EDITH. Upon finding out that EDITH is linked to a space station that can fire missiles from space, Parker gives EDITH to Mysterio. Mysterio then uses the glasses for evil and ends up framing Spider-Man.

Surprisingly, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is not the first story in Spider-Man history to frame Parker. In the classic “Framed” episode of SPIDER-MAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Richard Fisk frames Parker for “selling government secrets.” Thankfully, Matt Murdock, also known as Daredevil, comes to the rescue. Together, Spider-Man and Daredevil work to clear Parker’s name.

It would be awesome to finally watch Spider-Man and Daredevil team up on the big screen! (The two heroes have a long history of collaborations — they once took down the Kingpin in “Ultimate Knights”.) Obviously, the cancellation of Daredevil’s Netflix show complicates things. However, by the time the third MCU Spider-Man film comes out, Marvel should be able to use the character. But which villain(s) would the two go up against?

2. On The Prowl For Peter Parker

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After Captain George Stacy’s death in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #90, the world blames Spider-Man. Spider-Man’s reputation ends up hitting an all-time low. As a result, even good guys attack him. At first, Iceman attacks Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #92. Eventually, Hobie Brown, AKA the Prowler, decides to bring Spider-Man to justice himself.

During an interview with Cinema Blend, Jon Watts and Kevin Feige made statements about showing people “something that they haven’t seen before.” Evidently, that was their guiding principle while making SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING and SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME. Both films take Spider-Man in new directions by showing new villains, and going to areas outside of New York. So, who better than the Prowler to appear as a villain in Spider-Man 3?

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It isn’t too far-fetched to suggest that the Prowler could appear as the bad guy in a future Spider-Man film. After all, Prowler has yet to appear in live action. Also, in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Donald Glover plays Aaron Davis, the Ultimate version of the Prowler. Perhaps a villain, or group of villains, hires Davis to go after Parker?

3. Spider-Man 3: Home Invasion

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #156-160 tells the famous story “Death of Spider-Man.” Within “Death of Spider-Man”, Norman Osborn escapes from prison and puts together the Sinister Six. Then, Osborn uses his knowledge of Spider-Man’s secret identity to guide the Six towards Parker’s home. There, they ultimately succeed in killing Parker.

Though it’s unlikely Marvel/SONY wants to kill off Parker, it is widely known that SONY wants to use the Sinister Six. Since 2015, SONY has struggled to get the Six on the big screen. (At one point, SONY considered making a spin-off Sinister Six movie.) But now, the opportunity presents itself to include the Sinister Six in the MCU.

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However, the only problem with including the Sinister Six into the MCU is that Holland’s Spider-Man doesn’t have six enemies. Even including Aaron Davis’ Prowler (which doesn’t exist yet) into the hypothetical group, Prowler, Vulture, Shocker, Scorpion, and Mysterio only makes five. Therefore, the real question becomes: “Who could fill that sixth spot?”

Kraven The Hunter

Kraven the Hunter could fill that spot! On July 7, 2019, Mike Ryan of Uproxx interviewed director Jon Watts about which villain he would like to see in Spider-Man 3. Apparently, Watts’ top pick is none other than Kraven the Hunter.

To my knowledge, there is no Kraven the Hunter storyline that involves revealing Spider-Man’s secret identity, or a frame-up within the media. However, there is a Kraven the Hunter story within ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN which includes a big media presence. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #16-21 introduces the Ultimate universe’s Kraven the Hunter, who stars in a reality TV show. In ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #16, Kraven uses his platform to announce that he will be hunting Spider-Man. In the following issue, the media suspects Spider-Man is in cahoots with Doctor Octopus. As a result, the media sides with Kraven.

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At one point in the comics, Kraven tracks Spider-Man to his high school. Kraven brings the press and his film crew with him. The image of Kraven walking through the cafe while Parker stares from a distance haunts me to the day. Seeing a similar moment occur in the sequel to SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME would be awesome!

4. Spider-Man 3: One More Day

As a last resort, Parker could turn to magic for help, and make the world forget Spider-Man’s identity altogether. It wouldn’t be the first time that happened. Infamously, after Spider-Man’s true identity was revealed in the CIVIL WAR comic, Aunt May was shot. In response, Peter turned to Mephisto to bring his aunt back to life and restore his secret identity. Sadly, by doing so, he also gave up his marriage to Mary Jane Watson. But would the MCU really split up Peter and MJ after just putting them together in SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME?

5. Lightening The Mood

In the “Identity Crisis” comic, Norman Osborn frames Spider-Man for murder. With a bounty on his head, Parker decides to temporarily quit being Spider-Man. Instead, he dons a new identity. Actually, he dons four new identities, each with a new costume, designed by the lovely Mary Jane Watson. Using his four new secret identities, Parker goes undercover to get proof that Spider-Man was framed!

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Overall, “Identity Crisis” is a much more silly take on the classic “framed” concept. But that seems to be exactly what Watts is going for with his Spider-Man franchise. Plus, a film based on this saga would finally put MJ’s art skills to use! Zendaya’s MJ first displayed her art skills in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.  Lastly, using concepts from “Identity Crisis” gives Marvel/SONY an excuse to sell a lot of toys. They could easily make toys for each of Parker’s new secret identities.

In Conclusion…

Clearly, SPIDER-MAN 3 has a lot of comics and cartoons to learn/borrow from- all of which are pretty cool. But which sounds the most interesting to you? Personally, I want to see a wild combo of all of them! Imagine Daredevil teaming up with Spider-Man to fight Vulture, Shocker, Mysterio, Scorpion, Prowler, and Kraven! That would be great!

 

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