It’s no secret that the Batman will become the Vulture when Michael Keaton makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the highly anticipated “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” but that doesn’t mean we know all there is to know about the actor’s villainous turn.
During a set visit of the latest cinematic iteration of Spider-Man, Keaton opened up about making one of the sillier Marvel villains more grounded. According to Screen Rant, Keaton said this Vulture “is somewhat of a victim. He takes things in that he feels like a victim, and some of it is justified actually. He believes that there’s an upper echelon of society of people who are getting away with a lot and have everything. And there’s a whole lot of folks who are working hard, and don’t have much. Does that sound familiar? To anybody, given the political climate? Which I think is an interesting way to go about this.”
Marvel producer Eric Caroll expounded on the Vulture’s blue-collar background and refreshingly smaller-scale goals. “He wants to look out for his kids,” Screen Rant reports. “He’s got sort of a Tony Soprano mentality. He doesn’t have these big delusions of grandeur where he wants to take over the world, or replace the government, or even defeat the Avengers or anything. He just wants to… he wants his shot at the good life, and he thinks it’s not fair that someone like Tony Stark can make a fortune selling weapons and find the light, turn away from that, and be looked upon as a hero and then even worse, help found – as you’ll see – he gets paid to clean up the mess… So he’s one of those guys. ‘I’m doing some shady stuff, but I’m not really hurting anyone,’ you know?”
In addition to his character’s motivations, Keaton also praised the depiction of the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus). “ He’s real funny, so we goof around a lot and make up very, very funny backstories. But they’re funny but then you think, ‘Well, that’s probably their relationship. They probably get on each other’s nerves sometimes.’ I have a lot of the ideas and then I just say, “Go make that. Go make that for me. I want to have a thing that does all this stuff. Just go make that stuff for me.” And he’s great. I’m having a lot of fun in that relationship.”
When asked about what research he did for the role, Keaton had a decidedly Keaton answer.”I barely know who the Joker is.”
However, Keaton wasn’t without sources. “I’ll tell you my source though. There’s two little girls of a gal who used to work for me. I check in with them. One’s eight and the other one is eleven or twelve. So when I have to ask a question about all that stuff, I text ’em. They fill me in on who’s who. [Laughs] That’s my research.”
Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, and many more, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.