New Details On 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Villain, Vulture Plus First Look Stills

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This summer will see the first Spider-Man film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and to crack open the hero's Rogues Gallery the studio and filmmakers chose Vulture as the main antagonist, played by none other than Michael Keaton. While we have seen villains in the form of gods in Loki, billionaire lunatics in Aldrich Killian, and in many other forms, Vulture will be something different; just your average man.

“My whole approach for this movie is that we’ve seen the penthouse level of the (Marvel) universe,” said the film's director Jon Watts. “We’ve seen what it’s like to be a billionaire inventor and to be a Norse god. We’ve seen the very top of this world. But we’ve never seen what it’s like to be just a regular joe.”

Adrian Toomes, is a Spider-Man villain from 1963, so a modern reimagining for Spider-Man: Homecoming is a given. Toomes is described by being a blue-collar man who runs a New York salvaging company that cleans up the messes the likes of The Avengers make, not surprising a company would be made given that over the span of countless Marvel Studios films there has been an increase in disasters. Toomes however becomes irked when after one altercation, a new government organization, founded by A-list businessman Tony Stark, steps in to take over.

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Not only does Toomes “has a bone to pick” with Stark, said co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll, he "sort of becomes the dark Tony Stark".

Toomes makes a crew - including the Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) - for himself, and they use scavenged alien artifacts and stolen advanced tech to put together amazing weaponry to sell to other criminals. "He thinks once he has this money and power, he'll have more control of his life," Carroll added. However, it doesn’t take too long before they get on the radar of their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

“Some people see themselves as victims — he sees himself a little bit like that,” Keaton on Toomes. “He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot — a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?’ ”

Watts' inspiration for Vulture’s outlook on life was the “ground-level perspective” in John C. Reilly’s Corpsman Dey in Guardians of the Galaxy who is a normal police officer of sorts that gets entangled with a greater than life situation.

“I like the idea that in these huge movies, you pick out one extra and you’re like, ‘What does he think of all this?’ ” Watts said. “Sometimes these movies are so casual about just destroying whole cities and incredible things happen and everyone’s like, ‘Eh, whatever.’ If that really happened, it would be amazing and change everything.”

On top of using a new villain it opened up the doors for Watts to use "this neat junk from all the other movies," he said. "It’s a really great starting point for the villains to have the Vulture picking over the stuff and finding the valuable exotic elements and having the Tinkerer assemble into something that could be used.”

The universe Marvel Studios has made is a place “where you can be a villain and a real person, too,” Watts explained. “Being a supervillain isn’t necessarily your full-time job.”


A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.


Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr., produced by Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige, and written by  Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.
Source: USA Today

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