Michael Keaton in Talks to Play Villain in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

By April 13, 2016

Following the confirmation last night that the 2017 Spider-Man standalone movie will be titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, referring to the character’s high school age and return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well, it looks like one of the best actors working today may be joining on to play one of the film’s antagonistic forces, which adds onto a recent report teasing a certain iconic Spider-Man villain to be included in the film.

Variety is reporting that Spotlight star Michael Keaton is being eyed by Marvel and Sony to play a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, though the report didn’t specify which villain Keaton could be playing in the film. Following a report from BMD recently though, it is possible that he could be playing Adrian Toomes a.k.a. The Vulture, though I feel like I’ve already seen him play a Birdman once or something.

This would, of course, mark Keaton’s return to the superhero genre as well, after playing Bruce Wayne and Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, and continues the actor’s recent comeback streak after films like Birdman in 2014 and Spotlight in 2015.

Set to be directed by Cop Car filmmaker Jon Watts as well, the film will also star Marisa Tomei as Peter’s Aunt May and Zendaya, and will according to Holland meet Peter as he, “is trying to find out who he is and where he belongs in this world.” The standalone movie will also feature the appearance of several other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and as a lifelong Spider-Man fan, it’s beginning to sound more and more like the Spidey movie I’ve been waiting my entire life to see.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theatres on July 7th, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable