As much as I am looking forward to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,‘ there are still some nagging doubts about the film, especially in regards to how many characters, especially villains, are being introduced. It weighs heavily on my mind that the most critically reviled ‘Spider-Man’ films of the past all suffered from having too many villains (‘Spider-Man 3 had the Green Goblin, Venom and Sandman, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ had the Green Goblin, Electro and the Rhino), and now ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ already has Shocker, the Tinkerer, and the Vulture all lined up, and now there are rumors swirling that Nightwatch might be joining the fray as well.
For those not in the know, Nightwatch was a character introduced in the ‘Spider-Man’ comics who basically found the body of a man in an alley wearing an advanced exo-suit, which he stole, and later learned the old man was actually his future self, thus motivating him to do whatever possible to prevent his future death. According to the character’s co-creator Terry Kavanagh during a recent interview with Bleeding Cool about the design of the character and how much they may have borrowed from ‘Spawn’:
“From what I remember, we created Nightwatch to be a spooky, dark character with a science-fiction background, as I was interested in playing with the contrast. I asked for specific elements like the prehensile cape, and a shadow-like darkness that always surrounded and followed him, but Alex Saviuk designed the actual look. Alex might have been inspired by Spawn– a lot of character design was inspired by Image characters in those days– but I’m not sure.”
At the moment, Sony owns the right because of the character’s ties to ‘Spider-Man,’ and it seems that ‘Nightwatch’ comics are being purchased like crazy by Sony Employees, who many are guessing as trying to research the character as much as possible before his big screen debut. Of course, they might just be planning to use him in the sequel to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ which would fair better as there is not crazy demand for Nightwatch at the moment.
What do you think, would they really add another character to ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ this late in the game? Is ‘Nightwatch’ a character really worth all this fuss? Share your opinions in the comments below!