Check out the first look at what appears to be Shocker on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
For a while now it has been confirmed that the main villain in the Marvel/Sony reboot of Spider-Man would be the Vulture (possibly played by Michael Keaton who has been signed but his role is yet to be officially confirmed). Additionally, rumors have circled that the film would also feature the Spidey baddies the Tinkerer and Shocker but nothing neither character has been seen or spoken about during filming. Fear not, recent leaked set photos show Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) in a costume strongly resembling what Herman Schultz/Shocker wears in the comics. Check it out below.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about Shocker’s abilities:
“The Shocker wears a pair of gauntlets he designed with vibro-shock units known as “vibro-smashers” that, when activated by a pump-action thumb trigger, can project a concentrated blast of compressed air that vibrates at an intense frequency. This creates a series of rapid-succession high-pressure air blasts that result in a series of powerful impacts. This allows Shocker to both effectively throw long range vibrational punches from a distance, creating destructive vibrations that can crumble solid concrete and cause extensive damage to the human body and its internal organs, as well as throw shock waves which vibrate the structure of something in order to weaken or destroy it. A lesser known ability of the gaunlets allows Shocker to make incredible leaps, by directing the air blasts toward the ground in front of him. Holding the thumb triggers down for an extended period of time increases the intensity, speed, and even spread of the air blasts.
The feedback from the Shocker’s gauntlets is extremely intense (the initial test almost killed him). To guard himself from this, he developed a protective costume consisting largely of yellow quilt patches designed to absorb the shock. The costume is made of foam-lined synthetic fabric which absorbs all vibrations and establishes a vibrational shield which deflects normal blows and allows him to slip from any grasp. The costume’s appearance has been the source of ridicule on the part of Spider-Man and other characters.”
In the comics Herman Schultz creates the gauntlets himself, but it wouldn’t be surprising if in the movie version on events they were developed by the Tinkerer. I know most comic book movie fans probably roll their eyes once they see more than one villain appear in a film (often a bad sign of becoming too crowded and not allowing for character development), but by having two tech based villains in Vulture and Shocker that could have their tech built by the Tinkerer that could allow for a much more organic unfolding of the story. While Shocker has given Spider-Man a hard time at multiple points in comic history, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the movie go more of the Ultimate Spider-Man route and having Shocker be more of a joke that Spidey easily disposes of before encountering the main antagonist.
In addition to the leaked images of Shocker, here are more Homecoming set photos that appeared online recently.
Not much is known about the story for the first standalone Spider-Man flick within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and there’s still plenty of questions surrounding the role of some of those already cast in the film, but I for one am excited at the prospect of a Marvel Spider-Man movie (yes I know it’s still technically under the Sony banner, but you know Marvel is calling all the shots here). What do you think about how the movie is shaping up so far? Are you interested in seeing Shocker as a villain on the big screen for the first time? Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters July 7, 2017.