We are just a week away from the opening of the highly anticipated Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures film Spider-Man: Homecoming. After making his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe through Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland swings back into theaters as everyone’s favorite web-slinger. The first installment of the new franchise will feature the debut of one of Spider-Man’s biggest villains, The Vulture who is being played by Batman actor Michael Keaton.
Keaton along with the cast and creative film recently took part of a press conference for the film last weekend where they answered several question about making the new film. At one point Keaton was asked about his experience in taking on the role of Adrian Toomes. The actor praised the creative team for making the character very approachable which is what Keaton loved the most about the character.
“I thought it was inventive and really interesting way to go [with the character]. I’ve said this publicly before so this is not news to, I guess, anyone. I’m not really familiar with a lot of the lore, so for me I was trying to catch up. I just thought it the simplicity of making this person approachable…it’s timely – let’s not talk about why it’s timely -, I thought it was a really unique approach and kind of obvious, when you think of it. Making this person someone who is approachable and has a legitimate grip and argument, I thought it was really well-written to simplify things. It was fun, a fun gig.”
With the character of the Vulture, this marks as the second big comic book role that Keaton has taken on since his Batman days. Towards the end of the conference, the actor was asked what was more fun to play, a hero or a villain. While Keaton expressed that it’s equally fun to play both parts, he also spoke about what it is that actors get drawn to in villainous parts and how they are different from the heroic roles.
“They’re both fun, I think actors tend to be drawn toward villainous characters, it’s a cliché, but it tends to be often true that when you want to dive into the dark side, it just gets interesting. Usually because the reality is that the lead or hero sometimes by its very nature of peace has to be, not one-dimensional, but it has to represent a thing very strongly. Where as supporting character or character actors are more dimensional without going into some sort of bulls—t actor talk. But it tends to be true and a lot of times, I would think most of us had an experience where you are playing one role and looking at some of those minor roles thinking ‘On man, I would like to have a bite of that!’ It’s just so much fun. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been able to play a lot of different things, tiny parts, big parts. They’re both fun, they’re both different It’s more iconic and you make a hell a lot of more dough in being the big lead guy, but they’re both fun.”
“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.”
Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice and Abraham Attah, opens on Friday, July 7.
6 Ways Sony Can Make ‘Venom’ Actually Good
A while ago, it was announced that Sony was interested in revisiting the Venom property after featuring the character in the contentious Spider-Man 3, with the intent to have a new franchise that wouldn’t necessarily be tied to the current cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. Progress on that stalled when it turned out that Sony would be placing emphasis on developing an animated movie instead; While news on that movie has steadily been released, Venom seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while. Now, in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to Aquaman moving to take Avatar 2‘s planned release date, Sony has suddenly announced that the Venom project is back in business, and will be arriving on the same day that Aquaman was originally going to be released.
Naturally, this has left a lot of fans with concerns, particularly with the team that’s producing Venom – Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the duo behind the unnecessary The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series that caved in on its second installment and indirectly led to Sony’s decision to re-reboot into a much more accurate and well-received take on Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures as a company has been taking a lot of flak for a number of creative decisions recently, such as greenlighting the already-maligned animated feature The Emoji Movie and deciding to cancel the Ghostbusters III film that was in development in the late 2000s in favor of pushing out a reboot with a half-assed script, a decision that the contributed greatly to Sony’s billion-dollar write-off for their film division last year when their would-be mega-franchise came up incredibly short. They’re not exactly in the best place right now as a company, and it’s going to be a while before Spider-Man: Homecoming (hopefully) puts them in a better position as far as their tentpoles are concerned.
But there’s still a chance for Venom to defy expectations and actually turn out to be a good movie. The easiest option for Sony would be to wait a bit and cooperate with Marvel Studios before thinking about putting the Lethal Protector in one of their movies – since it’s very likely that Spider-Man will get the Symbiote in Avengers: Infinity War, and Venom will probably play a part in their own plans – but given the divide between Arad and Marvel Studios following his departure from the company, this does not seem likely. Operating on the presumption that Venom will be set outside of the MCU’s continuity – which ultimately may not be the case – here are 6 things that Sony must do to make sure that they get the villain/anti-hero right this time.