This might come as something of a shock: Michael Keaton is officially playing Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. LOL, JK, we basically all already knew that. Marvel has been terrible at keeping it a secret, but as least it’s official now, eh?
Kevin Feige confirmed the news while talking to the Toronto Sun. “We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together,” he said.
“Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos. We’re looking forward to that very much.” Well played, Feige.
For those that aren’t up to speed on their birds of prey-inspired supervillains, the Vulture (real name Adrian Toomes) has been an enemy of Spider-Man from almost the start, being the second villain the hero encountered after the Chameleon.
In the comics, Vulture is a former electronics engineer who invented and built a flight harness which also give him super strength and, after various piles of shit hit the fan, decided to turn to a life of professional crime. More recently, after prolonged periods of time using the flight harness, the Vulture found that he’s also able to levitate without assistance, but at a very slow speed.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming cast is also made up of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson (maybe; her role is still unconfirmed), Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Angourie Rice as Betty Brand, amongst others.
Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing, Watts, Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have written the screenplay and Mitchell Bell, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is in cinemas from 7 July 2017. Get all the latest superhero movie news with every issue of SciFiNow.