Marvel Stated MCU Spider-Man’s Scorpion Setup Was Never Vital

Mac Gargan’s transformation into Scorpion is hinted at in Spider-Man: Homecoming, however, the sequence that takes place after the credits of Morbius severely derails that strategy.

The possibility of Scorpion being a Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man villain after Spider-Man: Homecoming has been made entirely irrelevant by the scenario that takes place after Morbius’s end credits. 

Mac Gargan, played by Michael Mando, makes his debut on the big screen in the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which also serves as the origin narrative of the villain. 

After being captured by Spider-Man in the midst of a weapons transaction with Adrian Toomes, Gargan is placed on the road to represent the villain in Homecoming, despite the fact that he does not really transform into Scorpion over the course of the film.

Gargan attempts to get Toomes, a rehabilitated former Vulture, to divulge Spider-Man’s identity when the two of them meet in jail, however, Toomes insists that he is unaware of Spider-Man’s secret identity. 

In spite of the fact that this scene raised the stakes for Gargan’s transformation into Scorpion, the events of 2021’s Spider-Man: No Way Home and Morbius completely ran roughshod over any potential positive outcomes that could have resulted from it by sabotaging the apparent trajectory that the plot was taking.

Why the Morbius Scene At the End of Vulture’s Credits Brings Down Scorpion

At the conclusion of No Way Home, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses a spell to erase Peter Parker (Tom Holland) from the collective memory of the Earth. This is done in an effort to prevent evildoers from other dimensions from entering their dimension.

At the conclusion of Morbius, Adrian Toomes discovers that he has been sent to the Sony Marvel Universe as the result of an unanticipated side effect. While Toomes is meeting with Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) to establish a band of criminals, the scenario makes it incredibly impossible for Mac Gargan of becoming Scorpion as was first hinted.

Even though Doctor Strange’s amnesia spell in No Way Home did not completely wipe everyone’s recollection of Spider-Man, there is no one left in the world who can tell Gargan who Spider-Man is. 

It is not apparent if Toomes’ memory of Peter is similarly erased; nonetheless, even if he does still know Peter’s secret, he is unable to divulge it to Gargan since the two of them are physically distanced by the multiverse. Nevertheless, this does not inevitably rule out the possibility of Spider-Man and Mac Gargan crossing paths at some point in the future.

Is There Still a Chance That The Scorpion Tease Will Be Paid Off?

Although the storyline that led Mac to his first transformation into Scorpion has been scrapped, it remains possible for him to become Scorpion in the future under alternative circumstances. 

For example, the Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) may pay him to don his Scorpion costume and fight Spider-Man. Tom Hardy’s Venom made a brief appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) following the recent events of Venom: Let There Be Carnage in the spot that played out after the credits of No Way Home. 

The symbiote attached to Venom left a tiny drop of itself behind before Venom was brought back to his own universe. In light of the fact that Gargan ultimately transforms into Venom in the comics, it is possible that the next time he and Spider-Man cross paths, Gargan will be wearing the black alien symbiote rather than the Scorpion costume.

It’s possible that neither Sony nor Marvel completely intended for Mac Gargan’s transformation into Scorpion to be derailed in the way that it was. 

Both the short dispute between the two studios over their joint Spider-Man pact and the behind-the-scenes rewriting of Adrian Toomes’s presence in Morbius prior to the film’s premiere might have been factors in its development. 

However, unless Scorpion does something similar to Vulture and hops across worlds, or until some other major plot twist is presented for him, the tease of what the future holds for Mac Gargan’s Scorpion after Spider-Man: Homecoming will stay just that.