Sandman and Rhino: The Unlikely Duo We Need in Sony’s Spider-Verse

Sandman and Rhino: The Unlikely Duo We Need in Sony’s Spider-Verse

Sandman and Rhino: The Unlikely Duo We Need in Sony’s Spider-Verse

Remember Thomas Haden Church’s portrayal of Flint Marko, aka Sandman, in 2007’s Spider-Man 3? Well, he’s making a comeback in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home. The trailers have been dropping hints left and right, and it seems we’re on the verge of witnessing the formation of the Sinister Six, with Sandman as one of the original members.

Assembling the Sinister Six in No Way Home

So far, we’ve seen Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, Electro, Sandman, and the Green Goblin. But who will be the sixth member to complete this villainous team? Rumors have been swirling about the possible return of Paul Giamatti’s Rhino from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe full of surprises, anything is possible.

But what about after No Way Home? Sony is building its own Spider-Verse, starting with Venom and continuing with Morbius and Kraven the Hunter. Rumors suggest that Sony might be planning solo movies for Sandman and Rhino, which raises some eyebrows.

Reimagining Sandman and Rhino

The last time we saw these characters in Spider-Man movies, they weren’t given the justice they deserved. A second chance could do them good, but instead of solo movies, why not pair them up in a buddy cop-style action flick? Picture Flint Marko and Aleksei Sytsevich as small-time criminals trying to score big, with their chemistry and banter driving the story.

The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon featured Flint Marko and Alex O’Hirn (Rhino) as partners in crime before they became supervillains. If a Sandman and Rhino movie were to work, it should lean into the Russian version of Rhino, similar to Paul Giamatti’s portrayal but with a toned-down accent.

A Dynamic Duo Worth Exploring

With Flint Marko as the down-on-his-luck criminal with a conscience and Aleksei Sytsevich as the impulsive, hot-headed loose cannon, their dynamic would make for an entertaining pair. Imagine a New Yorker and an angry Russian working together – that’s comic book dark comedy gold.

Spider-Man doesn’t need to make an appearance in their movie. Like Venom, Sandman and Rhino could face off against villains even worse than themselves. If Sony wants to make its Spider-Verse truly special, it should take a chance on this unlikely duo and keep the surprises coming.

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