Warning: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spider-Man: No Way Home sees five multiverse villains showing up in the MCU, one short of forming a Sinister Six in the film. In the movie, Peter Parker’s secret identity gets exposed by J. Jonah Jameson via The Daily Bugle and he gets framed for the murder of Mysterio. This tempts Peter to seek the help of Doctor Strange to make the entire world forget his secret identity. However, the spell goes utterly wrong and backfires on Peter, bringing various multiverse villains into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What Happens In Spider-Man: N0 Way Home?
Initially, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man contain all the villains that are let loose in the MCU: Doctor Octavius, Green Goblin, Electro, Lizard, and Sandman. Now, Spider-Man has to return all these villains back to their universes before they end up destroying the fabric of reality, even if this means killing all of them, as Doctor Strange already reveals that most of them are fated to die while fighting Spider-Man.
While Peter tries his best to change their fates by “curing them,” but the insane split personality of Norman Osborn – the crazy Green Goblin – turns all villains against Peter to stay in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where they can all reside and wield power, unlike anything they’ve wielded before. In the end, Peter takes the help of Peter #2 (played by Tobey Maguire) and Peter #3 (played by Andrew Garfield) to cure all the villains and return them all to their universes.
Who Is The ‘Sixth’ Member Of Sinister Six?
All of them are eventually returned to their universes except the unofficial sixth member of the Sinister Six – who makes his MCU debut during the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Yes, we’re talking about Eddie Brock, who is bonded with an alien symbiote to become the “lethal protector” of the Spider-Man universe of Sony.
While Strange’s magic pulls Eddie into the MCU during the final moments of Venom 2, but before he can cross paths with Holland’s Spider-Man, Eddie glows and vanishes as Doctor Strange casts another spell at the end of No Way Home. The post-credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home sees Brock, inside a bar in Mexico, in the middle of a history lesson about Thanos, Hulk, and Iron Man when he gets expelled from the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but not before he left a tiny speck of the symbiote behind.
Marvel Comics also sees Venom joining Sandman’s team of Sinister Six to take on Spider-Man. The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #12 sees “the return of the Sinister Six” and Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol. 1 #12 also sees Venom teaming up with Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman and Alexei Kravinoff, who is the son of Kraven the Hunter, to form a Sinister Six team for revenge against Doc Ock.
As MCU’s Peter Parker initially tries to help all villains, this version of Sinister Six resembles the “Ultimate Six” of the Ultimate Spider-Man universe. The series was a special seven-issue one where Green Goblin plots to recruit Spider-Man to his team which had five more villains: Doctor Octavius, Electro, Sandman, Goblin, and Kraven the Hunter.