8 Villains That Didn’t Make the Cut in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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By Iron Man

Spider-Verse 2 aka Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse nearly featured 8 lesser-known villains. Will Beyond the Spider-Verse explore more rogues?

In the electrifying web of Spider-Man lore, where dimensions collide and heroes multiply, the sequel to the sensational Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was poised to usher in an entourage of lesser-known villains. However, as the web-slinging adventure unfolded, eight intriguing adversaries were ultimately left on the cutting room floor for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

1. 8-Ball

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - 8 Villains That Did Not Make the Cut

A pool-themed rogue with a knack for inventing gadgets, 8-Ball nearly plunged into the Spider-Verse sequel. With his blue-and-white suit, pool cue, and unmistakable 8-ball head, this obscure villain had fans eager to see his quirky antics.

2. Hippo

A product of the High Evolutionary’s experiments, Hippo is an anthropomorphic hippopotamus who has made sporadic appearances since his 2009 debut. The concept art captures his essence, complete with a white tank top and unique tattoos.

3. The Jackal

With connections to Ben Reilly, a character introduced in Across the Spider-Verse, the Jackal is a genius professor who dabbles in cloning. The potential for duplicate Spider-Men and comical encounters with Ben Reilly had fans excited about his possible inclusion.

4. The Hobgoblin

A successor to the Green Goblin, this enigmatic figure has sported various identities throughout the comics. The concept art maintains the iconic orange cloak and pumpkin bomb, sparking curiosity about his role in the Spider-Verse.

5. The Human Fly

With powers mirroring those of a housefly, the Human Fly possesses enhanced strength, vision, and flight. The vibrant concept art mirrors his early comic appearances, promising a unique and dynamic character.

6. Screwball

A contemporary addition to Spidey’s rogues’ gallery, Screwball is a pink and stylish rogue who thrives as a live blogger and influencer. Her potential interactions with Miles Morales and his social media journey left audiences intrigued.

7. Puma

This multifaceted character, capable of transforming into a lion-like form, has roamed the Marvel Comics universe as both a hero and a rogue. A cameo in the Bar With No Name would have added a wild and unexpected twist.

8. Hypno-Hustler

A music-themed rogue with hypnotic technology, the Hypno-Hustler debuted in 1978. His flashy appearance and reliance on his hypnotic tech, protected by headphones, would have added a unique flavor to the Spider-Verse.

Could More Rogues Swing into Action in Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse?

As fans ponder the possibilities left unexplored, the question arises: could more rogues swing into action in Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse? With the franchise evolving to feature a multitude of Spider-People, the idea of diversifying the villain roster holds tremendous promise.

Moreover, as the narrative shifts to Miles Morales assuming the mantle of The Prowler in an alternate universe, one can’t help but wonder about the potential ties between this Prowler-Miles and the rogues and anti-heroes of the Spider-Verse.

The tantalizing prospect of a Bar With No Name scene once planned but unrealized, lingers in the minds of fans. Will the franchise’s third installment finally bring this notorious hangout to life?

As Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse continues to captivate audiences on digital platforms, the ever-expanding Spider-Verse leaves us with countless untold tales and unexplored dimensions, where heroes and villains alike await their turn in the spotlight.