Though we’ve all effectively known the news for many months now, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has finally made it official – Michael Keaton will play The Vulture in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming”.
It has long been assumed that he would take on the role of Adrian Toomes/Vulture in the reboot, but Feige confirmed it during an interview with The Toronto Sun as he talked up the caliber of actors they’ve hired for the villains in their upcoming films:
“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 Infinity War). We’re looking forward to that very much.”
Marvel has come under fire for its ‘weak villain’ problem in the past. Even the recent “Doctor Strange” has been attacked by critics for taking the beloved Mads Mikkelsen and sticking him in a one-note role.
Back to “Spider-Man” and the film’s star Tom Holland revealed to THR this week that he only found out he landed the role of Spidey while casually browsing Instagram, specifically from looking at this post by Marvel. Essentially he learned it at the same time we all did.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is slated to hit cinemas in July next year.