15 Spider-Man Characters The MCU Desperately Needs

He does whatever a spider can and looks good while doing it, but we all know that Spider-Man can't do it all by himself. He needs the support of friends and family, as well as super-powered adversaries like The Hobgolbin, and conflict starters like J. Jonah Jameson to make things more interesting for the viewers. Without supporting characters with the likes of these, Spider-Man would just be stuck taking pictures of himself for the rest of his life without doing anything other than going after the occasional mugger from time to time.

In July of 2017, the webhead will be swinging his way back into theaters as his third incarnation in his sixth overall film, and there's plenty of things that fans are desperate to see, such as the Daily Bugle, Oscorp, and of course a whole army of characters that have influenced Parker's path along the way. One thing fans also hope for is more minor Spider-Man characters, that Marvel previously didn't have the rights for, to start appearing in their other productions like Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, any of the Marvel Netflix shows, as well as future Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

The concept is as tantalizing as it can get for the MCU, as many of the most interesting characters come from the wall-crawler's side of the pool. Bated with unstoppable anticipation, here's a list of 15 Spider-Man characters we can't wait to see making their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

15 Ben Reilly

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The Clone Saga is commonly talked about in Marvel fan circles as being extremely flawed, but there was definitely a concept created with this story that, if done right and improved on, could prove to make one of the most intense, philosophical, and teeth-clenching films ever put out by Marvel Studios.

Ben Reilly is a clone of Peter Parker, and he's eventually made aware of this; it stirs in him an internal struggle about his own morals and mortality in a way that few stories could duplicate.

14 The Black Cat

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Having her first on-screen appearance back in 2014, Felicia Hardy was meant to be set up for future appearances in the new Amazing Spider-Man franchise. This clearly fell through, and thus the Black Cat never managed to slip into her black suit and terrorize Spider-Man with internal conflict and potential romance.

13 Kraven the Hunter

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Sergei Nikolaevich Kravinoff is a deadly enemy against the world-famous web-head, being one of the few characters to actually defeat Spider-Man, despite the fact that he actually has no powers of his own other than human skill.

12 Flash Thompson

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Flash Thompson is a character that very much embodies what a character arc should look like. Normally in comics a character will start out as very flat, and he or she will remain that way until people have practically forgotten them. Then afterwards they will go under some sort of event that completely changes them overnight, whether or not that sticks varies from character to character.

11 Gwen Stacy

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What can be said about Gwen Stacy that hasn't been said already? She's a fantastic character and was the perfect love interest in Andrew Garfield's run as the web-slinger.

Her death in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was easily the most saddening moment in the film and the question remains as to how well the franchise would have gone with her absence.

10 Mysterio

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Quentin Beck is a good choice for a low-level villain for a couple of reasons. Firstly being that this new Spider-Man will be relatively new to going toe-to-toe with super-powered enemies, so Mysterio could still present a decent threat to the wall-crawler.

9 The Lizard

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Dr. Curt Connors would make a good addition to the MCU, though perhaps in a capacity other than a Spider-Man film villain. Connors is a very intelligent man and it would be interesting to see him brought in to help SHIELD with one of the inevitable animal-based Inhumans.

8 Mary Jane Watson

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Although not officially cast, many people have come to believe that Mary Jane Watson will be making an appearance in the upcoming film. Along with this, even more people are hoping that the role will be given to famed Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner.

7 Norman Osborn

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Originally played by Willem Dafoe, Norman Osborn was an excellent villain for the 2002 Spider-Man film; menacing, insane, and just silly enough to still fit in well with the world that Sam Raimi had made.

6 Carnage

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By far the most violent of Spider-Man's enemies, Cletus Kasady is a sociopathic megalomaniac with a penchant for unnecessarily brutal murder by use of anything with a sharp edge, or any kind of edge for that matter.

That being said, bringing him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be an incredibly difficult task; he'd be more well-suited to the adult Netflix shows, but that would rob fans of getting to see him anywhere near his greatest enemy.

5 Doctor Octopus

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If there's a dorkier Spider-Man villain, he's been long forgotten. Dr. Otto Octavius was a genius scientist ever since he was a young boy, who was later involved in a freak accident that changed his life forever, just like 90 percent of all other comic book characters.

4 J. Jonah Jameson

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There's a simple reason why J. Jonah Jameson only appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the form of a heated email, and that's because it's physically impossible to top the beautiful performance of J.K. Simmons in the original trilogy.

3 Morlun

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By far the most obscure entry on this list, Morlun would open the floodgates to revitalize the MCU like a big ol' defibrillator.

Morlun is a creature from outside of the multiverse itself, dedicating his life to tracking down and devouring every version of Spider-Man in every single universe.

His involvement in the MCU would kick off a Spider-Verse storyline that could allow writers to have entirely free range with all Marvel characters from that point onward.

2 Miles Morales

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When it was first announced that Marvel had struck a deal with Sony Pictures to finally bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all this time and speculation, many had thought that Miles Morales would become the new Spider-Man, and an equal number of people were sorely disappointed when they were told otherwise.

1 Venom

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Where Batman has The Joker, Captain America has the Red Skull, and where Superman has Lex Luthor, Spider-Man has Venom.

Eddie Brock is Peter Parker's arch-rival for many reasons, and their relationship is deeply woven into Spider-Man mythos. He's the villain that fans wanted to see on the big-screen for decades. They finally got him in 2007, and now they want a better one.

A strong, angry, vengeful villain that will stop at nothing to bring Spider-Man down. He's the one everyone needs. He's the villain to put Loki to shame.

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