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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When a bunch of staff at a film studio start to buy up books about a particular character, it tends to mean something. That’s especially true when we’re talking about an obscure comic book character, because what else would explain the character’s sudden spike in popularity at the office? Such is the case with Marvel’s Nightwatch.

The character, created by Terry Kavanagh and Alex Saviuk in 1992, had a limited run of solo books but was mainly used as a somewhat prominent figure within one of Spider-Man’s most famous storylines: “Maximum Carnage.”

According to Bleeding Cool, Nightwatch has suddenly become a major topic of conversation over at Sony, and it’s got people asking a few key questions:

  1. Will he show up in the Sony/Marvel co-venture Spider-Man: Homecoming?
  2. Will he show up in the much talked-about Venom spinoff movie?
  3. Are Sony/Marvel going to plant the seeds for Maximum Carnage in Homecoming?

Nightwatch has a really wacky origin. Check it out:

“Nightwatch was Doctor Kevin Trench, who witnessed a costumed man die battling some terrorists armed with invisibility-generating ‘cloaking” devices, and unmasked the corpse to learn that it was an older version of himself. His first appearance was in Web of Spider-Man #99.

Freaking out, Trench stripped the costume from “his” body and fled to a deserted island, reasoning that if he just never wore the suit or went home, he wouldn’t die.”

[Courtesy of WikiPedia]

Something else that’s very notable about Nightwatch? His obvious similarities to Spawn, which many think was one of the reasons the character didn’t last long.

But, if this rumor is to be believed, it looks like Nightwatch may get a whole new chance to shine, and in a major way.

What do you think? Personally, I think Spider-Man: Homecoming is already too far along for a character like this to just now suddenly be added to the mix. If anything, I have a feeling that Homecoming will include a tease for future Maximum Carnage mayhem, and so they’re preparing Nightwatch to be a part of that script. Whether that’s for a Spider-Man sequel or the Venom movie remains to be seen. But I just have a hard time buying that Spider-Man: Homecoming is when we’ll meet Nightwatch.

SOURCE: Bleeding Cool

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.