Which Villains Are in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'? Some Fan Theories Have Been Confirmed


Nov. 9 2021, Updated 10:41 a.m. ET

'Spider-Man: Far From Home'
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The highly anticipated Marvel film Spider-Man: No Way Home starring Tom Holland has fans eager for information. Many questions surrounding the movie have yet to be answered, including who the main villain of the story is — although it appears that there's more than one.

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Fans were elated to hear rumors about previous Spider-Man actors returning, but which villains are coming back for the movie? Read on for all the villains who have been confirmed for No Way Home and those who are rumored to make appearances.

'Spider-Man: No Way Home.'
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Doc Ock played by Alfred Molina

Doc Ock in 'No Way Home.'
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Alfred Molina confirmed his participation in the film during an interview with Variety that shocked many fans, because in his own words, "When we were shooting it, we were all under orders not to talk about it, because it was supposed to be some great big secret. But, you know, it’s all over the internet. I actually described myself as the worst kept secret in Hollywood!"

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On Nov. 7, 2021, The Twitter account for No Way Home tweeted a poster for the film featuring Doc Ock front and center. He's holding three Spider-Man masks in what looks like the Sanctum Sanctorum. This makes it look like out of all the villains ready to fight Peter, he's the main one to look out for.

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The Green Goblin played by Willem Dafoe

Green Goblin in 'Spider-Man.'
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Green Goblin in 'Spider-Man' (2002)

In more recent all-but-confirmed villain news, it was hinted Willem would reprise his role as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin after Green Goblin's "pumpkin bombs" appeared in the teaser trailer. Willem lasted played the Green Goblin in the first Spider-Man (2002). Like several of his peers, Willem has not spoken about his role in the film, and his appearance was essentially "confirmed" only from the teaser trailer.

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Electro played by Jamie Foxx

Electro in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'
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Electro in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' (2014)

Jamie had initially revealed his return to the role in a since-deleted Instagram post, much to the delight of fans. The Hollywood Reporter exclusively confirmed his casting the day before, to which Marvel had no comment. In the post, Jamie — who played Electro in the second of Andrew Garfield's two Spidey films, back in 2014 — wrote, "Super excited to be part of the new Marvel Spider-Man new installment. And I won’t be blue in this one!! But a thousand percent bad--!!!"

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The Lizard played by Rhys Ifans

The Lizard in 'The Amazing-Spider Man.'
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The Lizard in 'The Amazing-Spider Man' (2012)

Rhys Ifans' turn as the creepy Lizard was rumored after fans seemingly heard him roar in the teaser trailer. However, an exclusive new interview with Empire Magazine regarding the flick also seemingly confirms his participation. The Lizard was the main villain in Andrew Garfield's Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

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Sandman played by Thomas Haden Church

The Sandman in 'Spider-Man 3.'
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Fans thought they spotted a reference to Thomas Haden Church's Sandman in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot in the teaser trailer alongside Jamie Foxx's Electro, and it turns out, they were right! The Empire Magazine exclusive confirms Sandman's return to the Spider-Man franchise. Sandman is another carryover from Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man trilogy.

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Fans have also been wondering whether Tom Hardy's Venom will appear in the film to complete the Sinister Six lineup. Currently, there are five rumored villains, leaving one slot available to round out the group. Venom is owned exclusively by Sony and potentially not involved in the deal Marvel and Sony have created, so it remains unclear if he'll appear in the movie.

Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on Dec. 17, 2021.

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