Spider-Man: No Way Home magazine cover apparently implies Sandman will appear in the movie
Sometimes you just can’t control what others might accidentally spill. This seems to be the case for Spider-Man: No Path Home at present.
Comic Book Resources reported that one of the Empire‘s covers may have accidentally hinted that Sandman will debut in Spider-Man: No Path Home. Specifically, their subscriber-only version of their October 2021 magazine cover. You can see said cover art above.
Among the many references to various Spider-Man villains, you might notice a very specific one at the bottom right of the cover, just above and to the right of Dr. Strange’s Eye of Agamotto. There you can make out a fist forming in what appears to be yellow sand. This seems like a pretty obvious reference to Sandman (aka William Baker / Flint Marko) from the Marvel Universe. He has always been one of Spider-Man’s most recurring enemies and a founding member of the Sinister Six. Note that this is only speculation based on a magazine cover. Take it with a grain of salt until we get real confirmation from Sony.
Spider-Man: No Way Home ~ No More Villains?
Aside from Sandman, we get direct confirmation from the trailer for Spider-Man: No Path Home as to the villains that will appear in this movie. Heck, Doctor Octopus appears in person in the trailer to greet Peter Parker. You can’t be more blunt than that. There’s also a very distinct orange and green that snap into place along with creepy laughs before it explodes, giving us a very strong sign that Green Goblin will be making an appearance in the movie as well.
Even the Empire The October 2021 cover for their regular readers above also features more obvious clues of other villains who will be appearing in. Spider-Man: No Path Home. Not the Doctor Strange portal stuff though, since he seems to be working with Peter Parker rather than against him. However, in the upper right corner, you can see blue lightning bolts. Comic Book Resources indicates that this may involve the appearance of Electro (aka Maxwell “Max” Dillon) as another classic Spider-Man villain to make an appearance. We’ll have to find out how all of these heroes and villains play out against each other once the film debuts in theaters.
Empire may have unknowingly revealed Sandman’s appearance in the latest upcoming Spider-Man movie in their October 2021 subscription issue cover. I mean, how else do you explain that sandy yellow fist who is starting to form? It is an interesting addition to Spider-Man: No Path Home alongside Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and Electro. I guess we’ll have to wait until December 17, 2021 to see how all of these villains interact (read: fight) with each other, especially Tom Holland’s Spidey.
Source: Comic Book Resources, Empire