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"I'm not a bad person, I just have bad luck."
―The Sandman[src]
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Name: Flint Marko
Alias(es): Sandman, William Baker
Rank: Villain
Spouse(s): Emma Marko
Children: Penny Marko
Portrayed by: Thomas Haden Church
First appeared: Spider-Man 3
Last appeared: Spider-Man: No Way Home

Flint Marko, also known as the Sandman, is the secondary antagonist of Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, serving as the unseen overarching antagonist of Spider-Man and the secondary antagonist of Spider-Man 3. He is also a major antagonist in Spider-Man: No Way Home. He was portrayed by Thomas Haden Church in Spider-Man 3 and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

He is a professional criminal who accidentally kills Peter Parker's uncle, Ben Parker.

History

Early Life

Flint would marry a girl named Emma Marko and later had a daughter named Penny Marko.

Death of Uncle Ben

In 2002, Marko and his accomplice Dennis Carradine robbed a wrestling venue while Flint, attempted to steal Uncle Ben's car to make his and Carradine's escape with the cash. Ben reasoned with Marko, but Carradine's arrival shocked him and he shot Uncle Ben at point blank accidentally. The police identified Carradine as the killer alone, and Marko was able to escape for the meantime.

Spider-Man 3 Movie Prequel

At some point around 2004 or 2005, Marko was laid off from Johnny O's gang reportedly due to him being too reckless. As a result, his wife started nagging and yelling at him to get a real job. Marko's continous job search was met with frequent failure, due to his criminal background. As he was walking down a street in New York, he had the idea to rob a Jewelry store that he noticed. He went through the back entrance and started announcing his intentions to rob the place, while acting as if he had guns in his pocket. A few seconds later he realized his mistake, as the store was filled with numerous cops who were there to act on a bank robbery that Spider-Man had foiled earlier. Marko was then taken into custody.

Spider-Man 3

Becoming Sandman

In 2005, while on the run from the police after escaping from prison, Marko accidentally falls into an experimental particle accelerator that molecularity binds him with sand, giving him shapeshifting sand abilities. "The Sandman" is later spotted by police officers walking down the streets of Manhattan. The Sandman gets on top of a dump truck filled with huge amounts of sand. When one of the policemen climbs atop of the truck, he is assaulted by a huge fist made out of sand. Having absorbed the truck's sand to add to his mass, a giant Sandman then emerges. The police shoot at Marko, but he manages to escape by turning into a sandstorm and flying away with the wind.

Marko learning to solidify his new body

At the Key to the City fair for Spider-Man, the sandstorm is spotted, and Spider-Man investigates. In doing so, Spider-Man confronts The Sandman, foiling his attempt to rob an armored truck, but The Sandman evades him. Later Peter and Aunt May are asked to come to the police station. At the police station, it is revealed by NYPD Captain George Stacy that there is evidence implicating Marko as Ben Parker's killer, and he also tells Peter and Aunt May that Dennis Carradine, who Peter confronted two years earlier was really Marko's accomplice, and did not fire the shot that killed Ben. Peter is left feeling guilty over causing the death of the supposedly innocent carjacker, and letting the real killer get away. When shown photos of Marko Peter instantly recognizes him as The Sandman and rushes off and waits for news to try to attain vengeance.

Meanwhile, The Sandman robs a bank, and Spider-Man, now with enhanced abilities due to his new black suit, chases him to the subways. During their fight, Spider-Man manages to burst a water tank, flooding The Sandman in water and turning him into mud, which is swept through a water grate. Believing that The Sandman is dead, Spider-Man leaves in satisfaction, but unbeknownst to him, The Sandman, who is washed out of the river, is able to eventually reconstitute himself. Later, after Spider-Man tore off the Symbiote from his body in a bell tower after learning of its parasitic nature, and it bonds with Eddie Brock Jr. to become Venom, who convinces The Sandman to team up with him to destroy Spider-Man together. 

Final Battle

The two kidnap Mary Jane Watson and take her to a construction site, forcing Spider-Man to face them both. During the fight, The Sandman uses the site's sand to again increase his size, turning into a version of himself several stories high. After Venom restrains Spider-Man with his webbing, almost strangling him, The Sandman nearly beats Spider-Man to death, until the intervention of Harry Osborn, under the guise of "The New Goblin", who comes to his friend's aid with his father's Goblin equipment. Harry explodes a pumpkin bomb at The Sandman, and then distracts Venom long enough to free Spider-Man. Working together, the two manage to save Mary Jane and defeat both The Sandman and Venom, though at the cost of Harry and Eddie's lives.

The Sandman returns to his normal size, and having discovered Spider-Man's real identity, he reveals to Peter that his shooting of Uncle Ben was an accident while he was trying to carjack Uncle Ben. During the incident, Ben was attempting to reason with Marko, but Carradine arrived and startled Flint, causing him to shoot Ben unintentionally and that every day he feels regret for it. Sensing that Marko was indeed telling the truth, and understanding the importance of forgiveness over revenge, Spider-Man forgave him, and Marko shape-shifts into sand and flies away in the breeze, while shedding tears.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Several years after his last meeting with Peter, Flint, now deteriorating to his death due to being the Sandman for so long, fell victim to a failed Doctor Strange spell that transported him to another dimension due to his knowledge of Spider-Man's secret identity. Mistaking the MCU's Peter for his own, Flint aided him in defeating Electro, although they were both imprisoned in the Sanctum. Flint was mostly disinterested in the following events, only seeing being cured as a way home to his daughter and remaining in the form of a humanoid figure of sand rather than taking on his human form again. After the Green Goblin took over Norman Osborn's body, Flint joined the other uncured villians in fleeing rather than being cured.

Flint later joined Electro and the Lizard in battling the three Spider-Men on the Statue of Liberty. After some teamwork between the three Spider-Men, Flint's version of Peter managed to use the device that they had created to cure Flint. Flint reverted back into his human form, staring at his hands in shock. Peter ordered him to stay put for his own safety and Flint was later returned to his own universe by Strange.

Personality

The extent of Flint Marko's personality before his incarceration is unclear but it was more than obvious that he truly cared for his daughter Penny to the point of committing thefts to support her illness. This same love for Penny was further amplified after his transformation into a Sandman, causing him to literally attack money transporters with his newfound abilities. When Spider-Man tried to stop him, Sandman saw in him only an obstacle to the healing of his daughter and did not hesitate to try to kill him when he got in his way.

Following his loss to Spider-Man corrupted by the symbiote that brutally beat him throughout and resulted in the loss of the stolen money for Penny, Flint became even more ruthless and desperate to the point of falling into a relationship with Venom. to take out Spider-Man after the new villain offers him to kill the Spider together. He then had no more detention, putting civilians in danger and almost crushing Spider-Man to death. Ultimately, Sandman's antagonistic actions were mostly the result of his fear of losing his daughter.

However, when he found out that Spider-Man was really Peter Parker, Flint lost all his animosity towards him, realizing that Peter was only opposed to him because of what he had unwittingly done to Ben Parker. He then explained to Peter that he never wanted to do all the harm he caused and that he fully accepted to live with it for the rest of his life, accepting that it was too late to change the past but claiming that all he has left is his daughter. After Peter is forgiven him, Flint made his peace with him and left, now a man who made peace with his mistakes.

Powers

  • Body Conversion - Sand: The Sandman possesses the superhuman ability to convert his body into sand by mental command. The sand functions identically to, as well as appears to be, normal flesh. However, he can convert all or parts of his body into animated sand at will. His brain has attained subliminal awareness of all granulated particles of his body. Through conscious effort, he can affect the degree of molecular cohesion between the numerous adjoining surfaces of his particles and thus cause locomotion of discrete volumes, down to the individual grains.

Weaknesses

  • Water:
  • Extreme Heat:

Gallery

Promotional Photos, Official Artwork

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Screenshots

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man: No Way Home


Trivia

  • In the comics, William Baker was a common criminal who spent most of his early life drifting in and out of street gangs, using the alias Flint Marko. While on the run from the FBI, a nearby nuclear test reactor exploded, making his body form into sand, becoming known as the Sandman.
  • Sandman was the only villain in the Spider-Man trilogy to not die.
  • Sandman is one of the very few characters to be portrayed by the same actor in a different franchise. Thomas Haden Church reprised the role of Flint Marko/Sandman in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
    • In this film, reworked archive footage from Spider-Man 3 was used during his cure scene. He would share this distinction with Marc Webb's Lizard.
  • Sandman's meeting with Venom and fate is altered in the Spider-Man 3 game. In the game, Venom blackmails Sandman to help him kill Spider-Man or else Venom will kill his daughter Penny. After Spider-Man defeats Venom and Sandman comes back, he is reunited with Penny and apologizes to Spider-Man for attacking since if he didn't, Venom would've killed his daughter.
    • However, in this scenario, Spider-Man doesn't know that Sandman killed his uncle and doesn't reveal his identity to Sandman, this could be because the developers of the game decided not to include this from the movie.
  • It's not clear from which point in time Sandman was transported to another universe since he is never known to have died.


Raimi Film Series
Films: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
Characters: Peter Parker/Spider-Man | Mary Jane Watson | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson | Uncle Ben | Aunt May | George Stacy | Gwen Stacy | Robbie Robertson | Betty Brant | Curt Connors | Flash Thompson | Dr. Stromm | Mr. Ditkovich | Ursula Ditkovich | Maximillian Fargas | Henry Balkan | Rosalie Octavius | Hoffman | Bernard Houseman | Mr. Aziz | Bonesaw McGraw
Enemies: The Green Goblin | Doctor Octopus | The Sandman | New Goblin | Venom | The Carjacker
Locations: The Daily Bugle | Oscorp Technologies | Quest Aerospace | Osborn Penthouse | Goblin Lair
Video Games: Spider-Man | Spider-Man 2 | Spider-Man 3
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