The PoP! Stars narrow it down to the cream of the crop in categories ranging from (but not limited to) Comics, Movies, Toys and Geek Culture in general. This is the PoP! Top 6-Pack.
Spider-Man 4 has been canned! They’re relaunching the franchise! What does this mean for the wallcrawler!? I’ll tell you what it means – a fresh take! But how? I say bring in the Sinister Six. Screw overly elaborate character development for the villains. Spidey’s history has been filled with barely-motivated-slugfests with boobs in animal-themed costumes, or… sometimes just boobs in animal-themed costumes. Embrace it, and make the new Spider-Man film a fun-filled romp.
Christopher Walken as Mysterio
Mysterio is our principle villain here. Washed up special effects coordinator Quentin Beck has come upon a scheme… he’s found himself a group of n’er-do-wells each augmented with some sort of super powers, and he’s united them with the common goal of taking New York for all it’s worth. Whether Spider-Man is new to the scene, or an established hero in this story is irrelevant. Beck thinks he’s got the brains and the tricks to take on anyone. Walken gives us an appropriately creepy take on the master of illusion, and adds humor to the film with a somewhat over-the top portrayal of a VERY over the top criminal.
Jennifer Love Hewitt as Black Cat
Felicia Hardy is something of Beck’s second in command. While the ideas are his, she’s the one to whip the boys into shape in the field. Unfortunately, she also falls for their number one adversary, complicating the kid’s life as he’ll already be pining for MJ in his civilian guise, but will now have a super villain sexpot on his mind and on his tail whenever he dons the webs. A good turn could easily setup an ongoing love triangle for future installments, and the now-a-little-older Love can reap the rewards of the fantastic scene in Ultimate Spider-Man where Black Cat realizes she was making out with a teenager. Aside from Beck’s, Hardy’s is the only back story we’d really bother to get into.
Brock Lesnar as Rhino
Lesnar doesn’t have to act to be Rhino, he just has to be there and be tough. As part of Mysterio’s hired muscle, Rhino’s role in the movie will be minor, except to show off some fantastic CGI fight scenes. He’ll likely also offer some good comic relief as the “big dumb oaf” of the group. One request: no signature moves a la The Rock, okay?
Woody Harrelson as Scorpion
With little character development in this film, Harrelson’s Scorpion need only show up as another super-powered henchman and – if he plays his cards right – play the role well enough to prove his worth for a return engagement somewhere down the line. Like the rest of the “hired help,” Scorpion’s purpose here is to bust heads, eat scenery, and get verbally dressed down by our friendly neighborhood protagonist. But Pete… just don’t call him stupid!
Steve Buscemi as Electro
Max Dillon is the third member of our semi-anonymous quartet, but another actor with the chops to earn a recurring role in the franchise. While here he’ll be little more than a fancy light show, Buscemi could bring the gravitas to the role that would lend itself to a lead villain turn in a third film wherein Max really turns the dial up to eleven.
Gerard Butler as Kraven
Finally, Sergei Kravinoff would be perhaps the most developed of the four “hired guns” and would certainly be prepping himself for a return appearance in the fourth or fifth film in the franchise, which would then focus on Kraven’s last hunt. More than just a super-powered thug, Kraven’s honor would be on showcase here, creating arguably the most complex character in the film.
So there it is… an ensemble cast to beat the band and set the stage for a franchise to follow. Who will wear the webs? Who knows!? But as long as he’s not completely incompetent, this cast of cads should be more than enough to carry him through a movie or two. Or three or four. Or six.