Thomas Haden Church teases return of 'Spiderman' antihero Sandman to the MCU

Thomas Haden Church teases return of 'Spiderman' antihero Sandman to the MCU
Thomas Haden Church as 'Sandman' (Marvel Studios)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Actor Thomas Haden Church, best known for playing Flint Marko aka Sandman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently revealed in an interview with The DisInsider that he is in talks with Marvel Studios about the potential return of the 'Sandman' in the future.

Church appeared as the shape-shifting Sandman in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home,' in which Marvel Studios brought in all three live-action versions of Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland), as well as FIVE different villains from previous iterations. During the interview, Church also confirmed that there had been plans for a longer arc for his character in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home,' but it never made it to the big screen.


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Sandman could return in 'more fulfilling story'

Church mentioned during the interview “John Watts and I and Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige, we all had a lot of conversations. And I would say that conversations have been had about the possibility of Sandman coming into a future iteration. The conversation has happened about him coming back, and maybe picking up a more fulfilling story. You know? With Flint and being not just Sandman, but returning to human form.”


'No Way Home' was going to feature Flint Marko's daughter

Flint Marko was introduced to the audience in 'Spider-Man 3' as a villain because it was his last option to save his daughter's life. He was then brought back for 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' as Peter fought to give the villains a second chance. Because of the pandemic, Church had to film his sequences remotely, which is also why Marvel Studios decided to recycle some of the footage from 'Spider-Man 3'. This explains why he had a smaller plotline compared to the other villains in 'No Way Home'. 

Church also made it clear that his character's arc in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' was intended to include Flint Marko's daughter, who had a significant part in the character's story, but the storyline was dropped because the film already had too many storylines. It is interesting to note that Sandman is one of the few villains in superhero movies who gets to have a redemption arch and stay alive. If his daughter gets cured, Sandman could become Tom Holland’s Spider-Man’s ally.

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