How a Spider-Man: No Way Home Theory Teases Scorpion

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, now in theaters.

Spider-Man: No Way Home proved once again that Spider-Man has a rogue's gallery of unique and utterly terrifying enemies. From the Vulture to the Green Goblin, each enemy targets an aspect of Peter's morals or motivations and pushes them to the limit. However, what makes the films even more engaging is seeing how these enemies could somehow appear and how they will challenge Peter's current living conditions. A recent theory even presents an idea that could see one of the wall-crawler's most dangerous enemies, the Scorpion, go up against the hero.

In the comics, the Scorpion first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #19 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko as Mac Gargan. A private investigator for J. Jonah Jameson, the journalist, instead decided to pay Gargan to be the subject of an experiment that would grant him powers similar to Spider-Man and a suit designed to look like a Scorpion. Even though he had the arachnid's proportionate strength, the serum used on him cost him his sanity and ability to escape the suit. As a result, he swore vengeance on Jameson and came into conflict with Spidey numerous times as the Scorpion and later as a version of Venom.

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According to a theory posted by Redditor, DeluxeTraffic15, Gargan could appear as the Scorpion in a future installment thanks to one of the villains in No Way Home and some past Sidey villains from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the MCU, Gargan first appeared as a potential buyer for the Vulture, who was selling weapons created by the Tinkerer, but after being apprehended by the cops, he swore vengeance on Spider-Man by any means, leaving the door open for a villainous return.

Ironically, as Peter sent the multiverse villains like Doc Ock and Electro back to their universes, Octavius lost one of his mechanical arms in a battle against the Green Goblin. Since his arm was never shown being sent back with Otto, there's a possibility it remained in this reality and was picked up by the Tinkerer and his men before Damage Control could arrive. If so, Doc Ock's arm could serve as the foundation that would become the Scorpion suit. Whether through Jameson or directly with Gargan, both parties could cross with the Tinkerer to get ahold of a suit that includes the past villain's arm, just as Shocker's gauntlet once belonged to Crossbones.

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The theory also states that the Scorpion's strength could come from the symbiote; however, in a universe trying to replicate Cap's Super Soldier Serum, it's also likely that a failed concoction could also to Gargan's physical and mental changes. That said, no matter how he comes to become the Scorpion, the theory also builds on a trope exclusive to the MCU's version of Spider-Man. With each villain or character choice from the past, there's always a potential that something or someone else could come from it.

From the Avengers creating Ultron to Stark's choices leading to Mysterio and even a stronger Electro, escalation plays a huge role in Spider-Man's world. There's also the theme of consequences as Doc Ock's act of heroism could lead to yet another villain filling the space left by him. Nevertheless, whether or not Ock's past could haunt Peter's future as a new foe, there's no doubt that the stage is set for another dangerous Spider-Man enemy to hit the big screen.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is currently playing in theaters.

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