Micheal Keaton Eyed To Star in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ As Villain

Apr 13, 2016

Micheal Keaton is being eyed to star in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot according to a report from Variety. They report he could end-up playing one of the unnamed villains of the film.

There has been rumblings lately this week that the one of the villains of the film will be none other than Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture, but that has yet to be confirmed. Vulture almost was a villain in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 played by Sir Ben Kingsley before Sony shut the whole thing down and was rebooted it instead.

It’s possibly that Keaton could be playing someone other than Toomes as we expect more than one villain will be in the film. The original Vulture rumor suggests he’s one of many and not the main villain, more than likely a secondary one. I think a lot of people are jumping to this conclusion based on his role in Birdman.

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I’d personally rather see Game of Thrones and Alien 3 actor Charles Dance in the role of The Vulture.

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After Michael Keaton’s role in the Best Picture Oscar winning journalism film Spotlight, it wouldn’t be terribly hard to see him playing a new version of J. Jonah Jameson. A lot of people don’t know that Jameson was for a time in the comics a villain of Spider-Man and attempted to have him captured/killed a couple of times, even by his own hands. He once even hired the Scorpion to do his dirty work for him, putting out a bounty on Spidey wouldn’t be beyond what J.J. is capable of in the comics.

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The Raimi incarnation was more of a loveable cartoon version of Jameson, as he was at times a really terrible person.

It was confirmed this week that the upcoming Marvel/Sony Spider-Man film will now be titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. Possibly taking cues from the 1980’s Spidey storyline of the same name from the comics, which featured characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and The Lizard. Along with Spider-Man fresh from his massive Marvel crossover Secret Wars, having discovered this black goo that turned his suit black from 1984-1988, before Venom debut in 1988.

A trade report recently revealed that Sony is again developing another incarnation of a Venom film, a script does exist written by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.


We know that Sony had been strongly pushing for Sinister Six in Amazing Spider-Man 3 and even developed their own spin-off film from writer-director Drew Goddard (Daredevil, Cabin In The Woods, The Martian). There is some chatter that the threat of the film could be large enough that fellow Avengers are called-in to help Spidey tackle the problem. The Sinister Six film project isn’t entirely dead and remember Drew helped Marvel get the Daredevil series off it’s feet.

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For a while it was rumored that Marvel was looking at Matthew McConaughey to possibly be in the new film franchise as Norman Osborn. It would be great to see him task on that role after the character being thrown aside in The Amazing Spider-Man series. Plus, his role in Wolf of Wall Street would be perfect as Norman Osborn.He reportedly has turned down the role just like his offer to be apart of Guardians of The Galaxy 2, but it’s possible he could come back to it.

Spider-Man: Homecoming debuts July 7th, 2017


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