Hmmm. . . .
This would be easy enough to handle if it were an abstract issue, because either a lot of scenes or a few scenes can both work as a structure. The thing is, the villains have a number of point of view scenes in the opening. It's changing point-of-view structures that's a big problem. Unless this one can slip under the radar.
To be sure, it is only on careful inspection that I realized that many multi-POV stories hone down the number as the story progresses -- and builds.