Michael Keaton in talks to potentially play The Vulture in Spider-Man Homecoming

Apr 14, 2016

The man who first brought legitimacy to live action Superheroes in 1989 with his iconic portrayal of the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s: Batman, is eying to play the primary villain in the return of another heroic icon to the big screen.  Rumors are that Michael Keaton who a little over a year ago provided a through provoking commentary on the superhero genre in the academy award winning film: Bird-man will ironically play Adrian Toomes a.k.a The Vulture in Spider-man Homecoming.

AMS Spidey 7 CoverIt seems that filmmakers have been trying to bring the vulture to the big screen for almost a decade, the character was rumored to be the antagonist of the never produced Sam Raimi Spider-man 4.  According to those that were lucky enough to read that script before sony sadly canned the project, that version would have featured a female version of the character know as the Vultturess played by Anne Hathaway, who roughly a year later went on to play Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s: The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.  However Hathaway was rumored to be only one of two Vultures in the film, the second would have been a more classic interpretation of the character played by John Maclkovich.

Also who can forget that at some point it was assumed that the villain would play a major role in Marc Webb’s vision for Spidey, as the Vulture wings were actually teased at the end of 2014’s The Amazing Spider-man 2.  At that time it was believed that Colm Feore would play the character at the very least in a Sinister Six film that Sony also had to scrap when they cut a deal with Marvel to share the profits and rights of Marvel’s most popular character.

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The decision to go with Vulture here makes perfect sense, at this point he is one of the only originalAmazing_Spider-Man_Vol_1_387 Spider-man Villains who has not been given a film to soar in.  Originally appearing in Amazing Spider-man #7 released in December 1963, the character of Adrian Toomes was nothing more than someone who used his advanced technology of flying to be a petty thief.  It wasn’t until later incarnations of the character in both the comics and the 1990’s Spider-man cartoon that aired on Fox that the villain was given added depth.  Later takes on the now classic Spidey Villain saw Toomes credited with earning a Masters in Engineering that validating his knowledge to develop the Vulture Tech.  It wasn’t until Amazing Spiderman #387 that the character was given his now famous ability to steel the age of others to return a more youthful and vigorous version of himself.

Spider-man Homecoming from Marvel Studios and Disney hits theaters July 7th 2017

(Source: Variety)

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