Watts Talks Why Vulture Is In New “Spider-Man”

With the Marvel-approved reboot of “Spider-Man” currently in production, the studio finally confirmed reports that we’d been hearing for months – that the Vulture would serve as the primary villain of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opening next summer.

Speaking about the decision to use the character, director Jon Watts tells ComicBook.com that it was all about going back to the true roots of the Spider-Man comic:

“Well, we wanted to sort of go back to the origins of what made Spider-Man and Peter Parker so unique you know, and that’s why we just sort of really doubled down on the idea that he is a kid. He is a high school student in this crazy universe. He has to keep his identity a secret, which a lot of the other characters in the MCU don’t, um, and just, in general, going back to those origins ya know.

The Vulture is really the first supervillain that Spider-Man ever fights in Amazing Spider-Man, the second issue, after the chameleon, so it just felt like the right thing to do, to go back to the roots in that way. We talked about a lot of different things but The Vulture always sort of rose to the top and just the opportunity to have Spider-Man versus a guy that can fly really lends itself to some pretty cool visuals.”

Speaking about the film’s tone, he says the big difference is that we get a much more street-level view of the MCU, we see what being in high school and riding on the subway is like in this universe because Spider-Man is “the most regular person in the canon”.

More character names have been revealed with Tony Revolori playing Flash Thompson, Zendaya as Michelle, Jacob Batalon as Ned and Laura Harrier as Liz. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits cinemas July 7th 2017.