Keaton, Watts Talk Vulture In “Spider-Man”

In the wake of the weekend’s posters and ahead of the new trailer debut tomorrow, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director Jon Watts and actor Michael Keaton have spoken with USA Today about Keaton’s portrayal of the film’s villain – Adrian Toomes (aka. The Vulture).

In the film, Toomes is a New York salvaging company chief who cleans up messes including those left in the wake of superhero battles. When a new government organization founded by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) steps in to take over.

As a result, Toomes and his crew – including Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) andThe Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) – use scavenged alien artifacts and stolen advanced tech to put together weaponry to sell to other criminals. Watts says the aim of the villain is to offer a ground-level perspective to the MCU:

“My whole approach for this movie is that we’ve seen the penthouse level of the (Marvel) universe. 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.

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?’. 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.

[Toomes is using] neat junk from all the other movies. 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.”

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

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” also stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover and Tyne Daly. It opens in cinemas on July 7th.