Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Spider-Man's Sinister Six

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Of all the superheroes in Marvel Comics, none have a rogues' gallery like your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Ever since he first started swinging between the buildings of New York City, Peter Parker has managed to build up quite the roster of bad guys who hate his superhero alter ego. In the beginning, the villains had the decency to hold off and fight against Spidey one-on-one, but that all changed with The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1.

That issue introduced an evil team-up consisting of the Vulture, Sandman, Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, and Doctor Octopus (who put the whole thing together). They reasoned that if it wasn't possible to take down ol' web-head on their own, teaming up was the way to proceed. Over the years, the Sinister Six has had its successes and failures, and the roster has changed considerably over the years. Still, the team remains one of Spider-Man's greatest threats, and there's probably a ton of things you didn't know about Spider-Man's Sinister Six!

Check out the most interesting things about Spider-Man's greatest villains down below. If you find something you didn't already know, be sure to give it an upvote to see which thing you probably didn't know about Spider-Man's Sinister Six rises to the top!


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    The Team's Roster Changes, But Electro And The Vulture Remain The Most Constant

    There have been a lot of members involved in the Sinister Six over the years, but the team has seen many of its core members pass by on more than one occasion. That said, there are two members who tend to be on the team whenever they're given the chance. Both Electro and the Vulture have been on the team more than anyone else - including Doctor Octopus.

    Electro has been in the team more than the Vulture, but not by much. He also formed his own version of the team to fight Daredevil. That version was called the Emissaries of Evil, and it was pretty nasty. The Vulture has been involved in the team almost as much as Electro, and he would tie if his actions during Civil War qualified as a team. That grouping was clobbered off-panel, so if you discount it, the Vulture takes the #2 spot as the villain most commonly associated with the Sinister Six.

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    The Sinister Six Is Marvel's First Supervillain Team

    The Sinister Six first appeared in 1964, making it one of the earliest teams of the Marvel Universe. While Marvel Comics has existed, in one form or another, since Timely Comics first began publishing "funny books" in 1939, the modern Marvel Universe didn't come around until 1961. That came about with the publication of The Fantastic Four #1, and Spider-Man quickly followed. Because of this, the introduction of the Sinister Six in '64 made it the first supervillain team in Marvel Comics' history.

    While the Sinister Six was the first team-up of bad guys, it wasn't the only one introduced in 1964. That year also saw the debut of the Masters of Evil in the pages of The Avengers #6. That conglomeration of wrongdoers actually stuck together far longer than its predecessor, but that was likely only due to the fact that they were far less powerful than the Sinister Six. Also that year, Spidey and Daredevil fought the Circus of Crime together, and Kid Colt went up against the Chain Gang of Pecos Pass, so 1964 was a good year for supervillain team-ups.

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    Superior Spider-Man Formed His Own Team Called The Superior Six

    Throughout his long career fighting bad guys, Doctor Octopus has stood as one of Spider-Man's greatest villains. He managed to unmask him early in his career, and while this event wasn't as devastating as it sounds, it shows the power and intellect of the villain. Doc Ock has beaten Spider-Man a few times over the years, but his greatest victory has to be the time he not only killed Spider-Man but managed to take his place.

    It all happened, thanks to some handy body-switching/Freaky Friday tech, which saw the mind of Peter Parker swapped into Doc Ock's body, and vice-versa. At the time, the Doc was dying, and shortly after the transfer took place, Peter perished in his new body. Doc Ock was left to take over Peter Parker's life, but he figured he could do a better job. He dubbed himself the Superior Spider-Man and went about thoroughly mucking up Peter's private life.

    During this time, he also managed to reform his team, but he handled it differently this time around. The Superior Spider-Man created the Superior Six, consisting of Sandman, Electro, Chameleon, Mysterio, and the Vulture. Of course, he was controlling their minds, which made them come together to form a team of "superheroes" for Ock's benefit. The reason he wanted the team working with/for him was because he didn't like the idea of working with the Avengers, and getting the old group back together was a preferable option.

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    Sam Raimi Considered The Sinister Six For His Canceled Spider-Man 4 Film

    Initially, Sam Raimi was set to direct Spider-Man 4, but various problems arose, leaving the cast and crew to move on to other projects. Eventually, Sony greenlit Andrew Garfield's Amazing Spider-Man films. While he couldn't put together the fourth movie in his Spider-Man film series, Raimi had some exciting plans for what was to come.

    The plan was to introduce the Vulture, Lizard, and Electro into the movie, but that wasn't all. The director wanted to pursue introducing the Sinister Six, which would have been interesting, seeing as the Green Goblin and Doc Ock were already dead at this point in his franchise.

    Raimi spoke about his plans in 2007 before the movie was canceled, saying, "I would love to see Electro, Vulture, maybe the Sinister Six as a team. The Lizard is [also] one of my favorite characters. But Spider-Man 4 will probably have to start with the central journey of the main character to arrive at the proper villain."

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    The Sinister Six's First Comic Book Appearance Is Worth Around $165,000

    Despite appearing in numerous books on their own (which are insanely valuable as first appearances go), the comic book that saw Vulture, Sandman, Mysterio, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, and Doctor Octopus come together to form the Sinister Six is valued above them all. The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 remains a highly sought-after collectible, and its scarcity - especially in good condition - makes any copy worth a lot of money. While you may be able to score a lower grade for a few thousand dollars, getting the highest grade will set you back around $165,000.

    As of December 2021, CGC has only graded five copies of The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 at 9.8, which is also the highest grade the book's ever received. While a 9.9 and 10.0 are possible, they are insanely rare and pertain mostly to modern books. Getting your hands on a copy of the Sinister Six's first appearance (at the highest grade) is going to be no easy task. Not only would you have to find someone willing to part with one, but it's going to cost you... a lot.

    Speculation has been a driving force in pushing the value up over the years. This was especially true with the post-credits scene from Amazing Spider-Man 2, which teased the live-action appearance of the team. Unfortunately, the sequel never came to fruition. Still, speculation remains a factor, and it's probably only a matter of time before the Sinister Six makes its live-action debut in a Marvel or Marvel Cinematic Universe film. Once that happens, you can expect to see this book increase in value far beyond its current level.

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    The Multiverse Is Filled With Variations Of The Sinister Six

    The Marvel Multiverse has opened up all manner of options in creating different versions of superheroes and villains. Many of these worlds have been explored in the pages of What If...? and they've also managed to cross over into Earth-616, thanks to the expansion of the Spider-Verse. There's even an anthropomorphic animal version of the team on Earth-8311, the Spider-Ham universe.

    If you check out the Sinister Six on Earth-803, you'll find a steampunk version of the supervillain team. The Marvel Zombies version of the team managed to eat all of Spider-Man's pals, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. On Earth-1610, the Ultimate Sinister Six features the original roster, but with all updated characters, and this is the team that's most likely to appear in future Sony/Marvel films.