Speculation was running wild about the possibility of Michael Keaton playing the Vulture in Marvel’s newest spectacular, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Then San Diego Comic-Con came around and it was officially announced to uproarious applause.
See, Vulture has always been kind of a cult classic baddie in the Spider-verse. Oftentimes brought front-and-center in the comics, but rarely treated with the kind of love he deserves. So it’s nice to finally see this guy brought to life on the big screen — and by a bang-up actor like Michael Keaton (Birdman himself). Well, director Jon Watts says that the movie is on the “ground floor” of the Marvel Universe, considering Vulture was one of the very first foes that Spider-Man took on. So it’s a perfect place to start!
Here’s why he chose him over the other villains (from ComicBook.com):
“Well, we wanted to sort of go back to the origins of what made Spider-Man and Peter Parker so unique you know, and that’s why we just sort of really doubled down on the idea that he is a kid. He is a high school student in this crazy universe. He has to keep his identity a secret, which a lot of the other characters in the MCU don’t, um, and just, in general, going back to those origins ya know. The Vulture is really the first supervillain that Spider-Man ever fights in Amazing Spider-Man, the second issue, after the Chameleon, so it just felt like the right thing to do, to go back to the roots in that way.”
But what’s a rockin’ Spider-Man villain without amazing fight sequences and a killer move set? Watts knows the value of keeping folks entertained:
“We talked about a lot of different things but The Vulture always sort of rose to the top and just the opportunity to have Spider-Man versus a guy that can fly really lends itself to some pretty cool visuals.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming launches into theaters on July 7th, 2017. Stick with ITM for all things Marvel Cinematic Universe!