Though many of “Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” plot details have been kept under wraps, it’s no secret that “Batman” star Michael Keaton will take up the role of the Vulture in the upcoming Marvel Studios film. The Vulture has long been a part of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, but — if you ask Keaton — he’ll tell you that the film’s version of the character may not be as evil as he appears.
Speaking to Variety, Keaton addressed what it was like to play a villain again. When it was brought up that he hasn’t appeared in “a truly villainous role” for a while, Keaton said, “Not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t, that character. He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, ‘You know what? I might see his point.’ Really, really. It makes it interesting to play.”
He added that he had no hesitation returning to the world of superheroes. “It’s just a thing. A gig. I don’t mean it’s just a gig, it’s the next job,” he explained. “And you think you can do it or want to do it and in fact I said no, because I couldn’t, it didn’t work in my schedule. Then I’m glad to say, they kind of shifted the scheduling and it worked out. So it fit in and I’m glad I did it.”
Vulture is a classic Spidey villain created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko dating back to 1963’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #2. However, “Homecoming’s” version of the character appears as though he’ll be a little more high tech, with wings that look as though they could have been ripped right off of the Avengers’ Quinjet.
Vulture won’t be the only villain in the film. Bokeem Woodvine will appear as Shocker, while Michael Chernus has been tapped the play Tinkerer. Though Donald Glover’s role hasn’t yet been announced, it seems that he, too, will have a villainous role thanks to footage from the film’s first trailer.
Directed by Jon Watts (“Clown”), written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”) and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover and many, many others, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.