Is the Shocker Coming to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’?

Excitement continues to build for next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming! Starring Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, the film is skipping the origin story and showing us a Spidey who – although still in high school – has been part of the superhero world for nearly a year. As such, there’s a good chance he’s already built up his rogues’ gallery, and the film could contain nods to his having already faced a handful of minor opponents. One of whom looks set to even appear in the film…

Is the Shocker Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

According to the , Bokeem Woodbine – best known for his roles in Total Recall and Fargo – is joining the cast as Spider-Man’s old foe the Shocker! The MCU Facebook page isn’t well-known for getting exclusives, so this should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt, but it’s worth noting this is the second source to report this in the last month. reported the same back in July. What’s more, Marvelous Realm’s July report about the casting of Laura Harrier as Liz Allan and Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, which makes these growing rumors seem more believable.

Who is the Shocker?

Spidey's often gotten on his bad side! Image: Marvel Comics

Spidey’s often gotten on his bad side! Image: Marvel Comics

Although hardly one of Spider-Man’s most notable foes, the Shocker is a villain who’s popped up time and again. Real name Herman Schultz, the Shocker is a criminal who invented high-tech gauntlets to project vibrational energy waves at his targets. He could use them to break open safes – or to shoot attacks at his enemies, stunning them with concussive blasts. The Shocker actually won in his first battle with Spider-Man (although mainly because Spidey was already injured).

The Shocker’s a street-level supervillain, and his focus is usually on simply robbing banks. Irritated by his constant defeats at the hands (or webs) of Spider-Man, the Shocker has been a recurring member of the Sinister Six, a band of Spider-Man villains who Sony at one time planned to have star in their own film. Is it possible there’s still a desire to spin a Sinister Six film out of the much-talked-about ?

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Interestingly enough, during the Infinity War arc, the Shocker was one of a group of supervillains who broke into Avengers Mansion! He wound up teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect the world from alien invaders.

Why Would Marvel Add the Shocker?

The Shocker in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game! Image: Activision

The Shocker in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game! Image: Activision

With Spider-Man an already-active superhero, it makes sense for him to already have a rogues’ gallery. The Shocker has a history of teaming up with other supervillains, including of course the Vulture – who we know will be the major villain. Even if he doesn’t take part in a team-up, though, a number of Spider-Man comics have often kicked off with a brief clash with the Shocker, using him to indicate simply that Spidey’s already having a busy day!

Here’s an odd detail, though. Spider-Man: Homecoming is increasingly sounding to be inspired by Sam Raimi’s never-developed Spider-Man 4. for Spider-Man 4 showed the film opening with a montage of Spidey working his way through a range of C- and D-list supervillains – including the Shocker, the Rhino, and Mysterio – before using the Vulture as the main supervillain. It sounds as though Marvel Studios may have breathed new life into an old concept.

Concept art for Spider-Man 4! Source: Planet Henderson

Concept art for Spider-Man 4! Source: Planet Henderson

If Woodbine is indeed the Shocker, we can still expect at least one supervillain casting announcement. Logan Marshall-Green is believed to be playing another as-yet-unrevealed supervillain…

Speaking as a long-time Spider-Man fan, I have to say that I’m tremendously excited to see even the C- and D-list supervillains brought to life! It’s pretty clear that the MCU’s Spider-Man will be operating on a different scale to the Avengers, dealing with local crime-lords and bank robbers – just as he does in the comics. Spider-Man: Homecoming gets more promising by the moment!

Do you want to see the Shocker in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Let me know in the comments- and be sure to check out our video about why Tom Holland is the perfect Spidey below!


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