Spider-Man: Homecoming is arguably one of the most anticipated films in the future Marvel Cinematic Universe. After hearing that Robert Downey Jr. was asked to sign on to this project, it was later confirmed that this was the case. It also makes a great deal of sense to have RDJ in this movie after Spidey’s introduction to the MCU in Captain America: Civil War. RDJ who introduced himself to the wall-crawler (Tom Holland), will look to mentor the young lad as he grows up to hopefully become a member of the Avengers.
The Shocker Joins The MCU!
A few months ago, we received word that Birdman star Michael Keaton would be playing the films primary antagonist; the Vulture. It was also confirmed that the Vulture would be getting some help with the making of his suit from a much maligned villain known as the Terrible Tinkerer. However, those aren’t the only villains Spider-Man would be tangling with.
Bokeem Woodbine was heavily rumored to be playing one of Spidey’s earliest villains known as the Shocker. First appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man $46, Herman Schultz is a very talented individual who went to school to become an engineer. After deciding to drop out of school, Schultz turned to a life of crime and became the villain known to many as the Shocker.
Not convinced that he’s officially on board? Well if these set photo’s are any indication, I think it’s pretty much a lock at this point. Check out the set photo’s from a Tweet down below!
My Opinion On The Costume
To put it simply, it looks INCREDIBLE. Judging by these pics alone, the costume appears to be a great rendition of the classic character from the comics. He proved to be a very formidable foe for Spider-Man, especially when Schultz actually defeated the wall-crawler at one point. Not only has the Shocker faced Spidey multiple times, but he’s also joined a few villainous groups such as the Master’s of Evil, the Sinister Syndicate, and was also a member of the Sinister Six.
Shocker’s look also appears to be taken directly from the television show I grew up on in the ’90s. Spider-Man: The Animated Series was such a great show and Shocker became one of my personal favorite villains from the show. I always loved the fights between Spider-Man and Shocker because he was always difficult for the web-head to take down.
Could The Shocker Be Mimicking Another MCU Villain’s Appearance?
The costume also reminds a little bit of Frank Grillo’s Crossbones uniform he wore in Captain America: Civil War. Though the costumes look a tad similar, the villains are drastically different from each other in terms of their fighting style. Crossbones relies on hand to hand combats, while also handling various weapons in the process.
Shocker however utilizes duel gauntlets that he wears on his hands which project concentrated high frequency vibrational blasts of air. These blasts are powerful enough to blast down vaulted doors which make his gauntlets extremely dangerous. Better watch out Spidey!
Shocker’s Role In Spider-Man: Homecoming
It’s tough to gauge how much of a role this villain will have in Tom Hollands’s first “solo” Spider-Man film. My guess is that Shocker will be at the very beginning of the film, helping to establish the fact that Spider-Man is already the web-slinging hero New York is familiar with. We already know this film isn’t going to be an origin story so having a villain right off the bat will further support this evidence.
As much as I dislike bringing up The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I can’t help but think that Shocker will probably be the type of villain that Paul Giamatti played. Giamatti played the Rhino and was an extremely annoying character. All the character did was yell the whole time in the film. Hopefully, the director learned from Marc Webb’s mistake of making characters appear too cartooney. It just doesn’t translate to film very well.
That being said, Rhino wasn’t utilized in the film much. He appeared at the beginning and at the very end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. My hope is that the character of Shocker is handled better in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He doesn’t need to be in it that much. After all, we all know what happens when you have TOO MANY villains in one film (Spider-Man 3 cough! cough!).
Conclusion: Don’t Waste Another Good Villain!
Are you listening Kevin Feige? I definitely don’t want to see anther potentially great villain to be laid to waste. However, as long as his presence is felt and he fits well into the story, will be good enough for me. It would be a disservice to fantastic villain if they wasted him. All I want to see is a well choreographed fight between the two and see Spider-Man allow the police to lock him up in jail. It would be a great beginning to this movie while establishing a character who may or may not be used in the future (hopefully it’s the latter).
So there you have it! With the recently released photos by Marvel, what do you think of Shocker’s look? Do you feel his costume resembles too much like his comic book counter part, or would you have rather seen something drastically different from his original look? Share your thoughts in the comment section below and don’t forget to share!