The Shocker Makes His Spider-Man: Homecoming Debut

God bless the Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Art by Steve Lieber.
God bless the Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Art by Steve Lieber.

For a long time, the biggest question about Spider-Man: Homecoming.was who out of Spider-Man’s impressive rogue’s gallery would be fighting the newest incarnation of the wallcrawler. We’ve since had confirmation of two villains, Vulture and the Tinkerer, and now new set pictures have revealed a third—the Shocker.

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While Shocker, a.k.a. Herman Schultz, isn’t perhaps on the same level of Spidey’s most famous villains, he’s certainly a very recognizable one, thanks to his meme-worthy appearances in the Spider-Man animated series and his part in the excellent Superior Foes of Spider-Man comic. He’s actually been rumored to be part of Homecoming for a while—with Bokeem Woodbine tipped to play the part—but now we actually have visual confirmation that he’s in the movie:

It’s certainly an interesting take on the character; most of the elements are there, even the diamond pattern has been etched into the material, although weirdly the crimson of his usual costume has been replaced with a light brown. It’s not the slickest of costumes (it looks very thrown together), but it fits as an “origin” costume if we’re getting to see how Schultz turned to a life of crime.

And what are the odds his vibro-smasher gauntlets are pilfered Stark tech rather than Schultz’s own design? Considering a Stark has seemingly played a hand in almost every bit of tech in the MCU, it’s probably highly likely. Tony is in the movie, after all.


Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7, 2017.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!


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