Flint Marko is a crook who gained the ability to control and morph into sand after falling into a supercollider, becoming Sandman. During his criminal career, he clashed with Spider-Man. He is a major antagonist of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, and also appears as a supporting character in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Why He Rocks (Get It?)
- While many people consider Spider-Man 3 to not be a great movie, a lot of people agree that he was a very well-written antagonist in the movie, and one of the redeeming parts of the movie.
- His design is incredibly faithful to the comics, with him sporting his iconic green striped shirt and brown cargo pants from the comics.
- While he is a bad guy, he is just a misunderstood father who became a criminal to steal money just to help his sick daughter. He also doesn't want to hurt anyone in the process.
- While he did retcon Uncle Ben's death by being the one who shot him, it was later revealed that he only wanted to take his car and didn't meant to shoot him. Ben was on the verge of successfully convincing him to quit, but Flint's partner startled him, causing him to instinctually pull the trigger and he felt extremely bad about killing him, as he spends years wishing he could take it back.
- Thomas Haden Church does an excellent job at portraying him.
- His fight scenes with Spider-Man were extremely awesome, most notable is the subway fight, where it shows off Spider-Man's new powers, and he puts up a great fight against him.
- During the final battle, he teamed up with Venom, and put up a great fight against Spider-Man, even almost badly injuring him, until he was saved by Harry, who helped Spider-Man in defeating Sandman.
- His redemption was very well executed, as he told Peter how he became a criminal and that he didn't want to become one, and Peter forgives him and tells him to help his daughter.
- His return in No Way Home was awesome, where he helps the MCU Peter, thinking he is the Peter from his universe and aided him in defeating Electro, and he was successfully cured at the end of that movie.
- Before they joined Green Goblin to kill Peter, he briefly bonds with Electro, telling him about his daughter and asked how he ended up the way he did. Electro explained that he fell into a vat of electric eels, and Sandman told him he himself fell into a super collider. Electro took sympathy in this, reminding that they needed to be careful where they could fall.
- Uncle Ben's death was retconned because of him.
- After his epic fight against Spider-Man in the subway, he wasn't seen again until Peter took off the symbiote.
- In No Way Home, for some reason, he decides to team up with Green Goblin to kill Peter, even though he only wants to see his daughter again.
- He even fights the three Spider-Men during the final battle to get the box and doesn’t care if the other villains die as a result.
- In the video game adaptation of Spider-Man 3, Sandman's fate is very different to his fate in the movie. At the end of the game, a cop appears with Sandman's daughter, and he is reunited with his daughter, and after that, he apologizes to Spider-Man for what happened. It was unknown if he was arrested by the cop after this. Additionally, he only helps Eddie Brock kill Spider-Man because Brock kidnapped his daughter, unlike the film where he was willing to help him.
- In No Way Home, archival footage of Thomas Church from Spider-Man 3 was used for his human appearance, which appeared very briefly in the film.