There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Rumors recently popped up that Jake Gyllenhaal might appear as Mysterio. But it appears that Tom Holland may be at it again. It’s become something of a meme, at this point, that the Spider-Man actor can’t keep his mouth shut. He’s notorious for leaking details pertaining to his movies. He even somehow manages to spoil the movies for his own co-stars. And for his latest trick, it appears he may have given a hint at another villain to appear in the film. In an Instagram video, promoting an upcoming contest, there’s a stuntman. Though played for a laugh with Holland talking up how he does his own stunts, there’s one thing to note. The stuntman was attacked by… water?
Spidey has a huge rogues gallery. But some fans speculate that the most likely candidate is Hydro-Man. The character was introduced in 1981 as Morris Bench. Having fallen into water right as an experimental engine was being tested, Bench developed the ability to transform himself into and control water. The character never achieved the same status as longtime Spider-Man staples like the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, or Venom. But he’s of comparable popularity to The Shocker or Sandman. He even appeared in the 90s Spider-Man animated series.
Still, there is no conclusive evidence. If Mysterio really is the villain of the movie, then it could easily be one of his tricks. Spider-Man does also have several super strong characters that could disrupt water enough to cause that. The Rhino comes to mind. Though he’s extremely likely to appear. Still, Hydro-Man is a possibility as a background villain. The first movie featured The Vulture as the primary antagonist. But it also included small roles for The Tinkerer, two versions of The Shocker, and a pre-Scorpion Mac Gargan. So Hydro-Man isn’t out.
Sony and Marvel have an interesting deal. No one knows which villains Marvel has access to. Sony definitely has a lock on Black Cat, Silver Sable, Morbius, and Kraven the Hunter. They also have Venom, of course. But does Marvel have the freedom to use major staples like Green Goblin? Perhaps Sony allowed a Hobgoblin compromise? The possibilities are endless. The MCU still has one Spider-Man movie to go after this. But that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of material for fans to speculate about. Quite the opposite. Hopefully, the movie delivers once again. But Marvel tends to be cagey about their plans. So fans can only wait for a trailer. That or wait for Tom Holland to