One of the mystery castings for Marvel and Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man launch, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman). Keaton was rumored for a long time to be playing the iconic Spider-Man villain, Adrian Toomes a.k.a. the Vulture.
It hadn’t been confirmed or denied for the longest time, until now as Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, confirmed it in an interview with Toronto Sun. Feige was going through his wishlist of things that he had been wanting to happen in several of the Marvel pictures, one of them being Keaton as Vulture.
“We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together. 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 (in Avengers: Infinity War). We’re looking forward to that very much.”
Keaton’s Vulture marks as the character’s live-action debut as the villain has only been seen in animation before. John Malkovich was at one point in time set to play Vulture in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 that ended up being scrapped in favor of Marc Webb’s short-lived The Amazing Spider-Man franchise.
Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, and Marisa Tomei, opens in theaters on July 7, 2017.
Source: Toronto Sun