Editorial: Top 5 Spider-Man Villains I'd Like To See Join The 'Sinister Six' And Who Should Play Them

Well now the cats finally out of the bag, and all the secrets behind Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been revealed to audiences around the world. For the record, if you haven't seen the film yet, I suggest you stop reading because there will be some spoilers ahead. Anyway, one big thing that has come out of the Sony sequel is the connections it has set-up for the future Sinister Six film that is already in the works. With Drew Goddard set to direct, four of the six villains (Green Goblin, Rhino, Vulture, and Doc Ock) have already been revealed. Now I've put together a list of candidates I'd like to see fill the remaining two vacancies on the team's roster, but please not that I haven't included any villain already cast in the series or confirmed for the Sinister Six movie on this list, only my own choices for who should be added to the line-up.

5. Shocker/Herman Schultz played by Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead)
To be completely honest here, I was never too big a fan of the Spider-Man villain Shocker. While I had always found his abilities a bit too similar to that of Electro, I'd be really interested in seeing how Drew Goddard would transition him to the big screen. Assuming that the special effects crew from TASM 2 comes on board for Sinister Six, it would be very interesting to see the same visual style that was brought to Electro used for Shocker. As for Reedus, who doesn't love this guy at this point? He's a complete badass as Daryl on The Walking Dead, and would make for a killer yet charismatic version of the character.

4. Sandman played by Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire)
For the most part, Sam Raimi gave us a pretty accurate Sandman in Spider-Man 3, but Thomas Hayden Church kind of felt like he was just phoning it in. Rather than giving us the raging brutal Sandman of the comics, we got the usual sympathetic villain type who's motives were driven by his dying daughter. But with Sinister Six, while there isn't much more Goddard can do visually to top Raimi's version, who can definitely make Sandman a much more menacing enemy like he's supposed to be. Stapleton gave a memorable performance recently in 300: Rise of an Empire, and was a highlight of the show Strikeback, and I think his tough and brutal approach to his characters would be great for this version of Sandman.

3. Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff played by Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug)
Kraven is another character that I only recently took a liking to, and I'm starting to think he would be a really great on screen match-up for Spidey. It helps that Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield have both emphasized how much they want the character to be included in this series, so it's almost a given at this point. It makes perfect sense to have someone with the skill level of Kraven on a super villain team that's hunting the wall crawler. Armitage is a very talented actor, who's really made a name for himself recently as Thorin in The Hobbit series. I think he could nail the accent along with the vicious nature of the character perfectly. 

2. Mysterio/Quentin Beck played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness)
While Electro was originally the first villain that came to my mind when The Amazing Spider-Man sequel was announced, I was really considering the notion of Mysterio being included as well. Mysterio's one of many comic book villains who really doesn't get his fair due, and hopefully he eventually will sometime in the near future. Fishbowl head aside, Mysterio's a villain with really no limits, and could turn a Spider-Man film into a psychological thriller at the level of Christopher Nolan's Inception. That being said, who better to play such mentally intimidating villain than Mr. Intellectual himself; Benedict Cumberbatch.

1. Venom/Eddie Brock played by Ryan Kwanten (True Blood)
Okay, so before I get any backlash for this from fans let me just go right ahead and say it, I'm perfectly aware that Venom has never been a member of the Sinister Six. So now that I've made that clear, let me go on to explain how great it would be to see him join this team. We already no Sony currently has a Venom film in the pipeline with Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) set to direct, but with character like Venom you need to give him all the screen time he can get. So how great would it be to see him introduced to audiences the first time around in a team-up film, only to go solo when his own film hits theaters. While Garrett Hedlund and Chris Pine were both candidates in my mind for a while to bring Eddie Brock back to the big screen, it was really no longer a question after I saw Kwanten play the character in the short film Truth and Journalism. Come on Kurtzman and co., at least take the guy into consideration.

So who would you like to see join the line-up of Drew Goddard's Sinister Six? Are there any particular characters or villains you had in mind? Let us know below!