Marvel films have struggled with their villains, and the “Spider-Man” franchise has suffered from disappointment more than most.
With the notable exception of Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus, the previous five films have sported weak bad guys be it Topher Grace’s waste of Venom, Jamie Foxx’s franchise-ending Electro, and disappointments like The Lizard, Sandman, and two shots at Green Goblin.
The upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hopes to change that with Michael Keaton set to serve as the main villain The Vulture. Keaton, out doing promotion for the wide release of “The Founder” this week, tells Variety that he is far from being a standard comic book villain:
“Yeah, Vulture, recently. But not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t, that character. He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, ‘You know what? I might see his point.’ Really, really. It makes it interesting to play.”
Keaton had originally had to bow out of playing the role due to a scheduling conflict, but when the film’s shoot moved he was able to circle back around to it. Asked if there was any hesitation doing another superhero film he says:
“No, I mean, not at all. It’s just a thing. A gig. I don’t mean it’s just a gig, it’s the next job. And you think you can do it or want to do it and in fact I said no, because I couldn’t, it didn’t work in my schedule. Then I’m glad to say, they kind of shifted the scheduling and it worked out. So it fit in and I’m glad I did it.”
Speaking of Spider-Man villains, Heroic Hollywood has suggested that The Prowler will play a role in the upcoming animated “Spider-Man” film which is expected to focus on the Miles Morales iteration of the Spider-Man character.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” will hit cinemas on July 7th 2017. The animated “Spider-Man” film is targeting a December 2018 release.