Marvel Studios is currently in production on Spider-Man Homecoming, and while newly-minted wallcrawler Tom Holland appeared during the studio’s Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con along with some of his fellow cast members, one veteran actor was conspicuously absent: Michael Keaton.
After a lengthy negotiation period which almost saw him walking away from the project, Keaton finally accepted a role in the latest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. While the identity of his character has yet to be officially announced, he’s heavily rumored to be Adrian Toomes, better known to comic book readers as The Vulture – and thanks to the footage screened in Hall H, we know The Vulture is in the film, which gives considerable weight to the rumor.
Speaking with Empire magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Keaton discussed how much the landscape has changed since he first portrayed Batman in 1989, and how surprised he is that superhero movies have become some of the biggest box office attractions:
“It’s extraordinary. You’re talking to a guy who basically knows nothing about the lore of that world. But my friend has two girls who are fascinated by superheroes. One in particular is way into them. I’m not kidding. I asked her about Spider-Man and she told me the movies I need to watch.”
After playing one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and then starring in a critically acclaimed film about a former superhero actor, one might think that Keaton was no longer interested in the genre. But when asked if he was reticent to take the role in Spider-Man Homecoming he replied:
“Not really. I think it’s going to be cool and I’m really looking forward to it. Tom Holland is a wonderful actor and, I’ve got to say, from the early conversations I’ve had with Marvel, they’re really serious about how they approach their stuff.”
Directed by Jon Watts and also starring Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Donald Glover, Martin Starr, and Tony Revolori, Spider-Man Homecoming will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
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