Spider-Man: Homecoming is starting to get a little bit crowded. The upcoming franchise reboot, which finds Sony Pictures joining forces with Marvel Studios to give the legendary superhero a fresh start, has just added a third villain to the mix. THR reports that Bokeem Woodbine, whose recent credits include Riddick and the second season of FX’s Fargo, has joined Spider-Man: Homecoming as an unknown villain.
This makes Woodbine the third antagonist that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) will face off against, with Michael Keaton onboard in a role that is rumored to be The Vulture, and Logan Marshall Green as another unknown foe. Woodbine is at his best when he’s playing a smooth-talking criminal, and I have no problems with the casting itself. My concern is that this feels a bit like familiar territory for Sony, who tossed three villains into the mix – with disastrous results – in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. The complete lack of focus turned that film into a train wreck, and I don’t want to see history repeat itself by stuffing too many characters into this reboot.
However, let me offer up a theory of sorts. Earlier this week, we learned that Beasts of No Nation star Abraham Attah had joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Alex hypothesized that Attah could be playing Miles Morales, who has recently been rumored to appear in the film. In Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man comics, Miles has an uncle named Aaron who also moonlights as a cat burglar known as The Prowler – I’ve got a hunch that if Attah truly is playing Miles Morales – which seems likely – then Woodbine will be portraying his uncle.
Granted, this is just pure speculation, but it would be a nice way to bring in elements from Ultimate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, paving the way for Miles Morales to have his own big-screen adventure. Plus, The Prowler isn’t exactly an A-list villain, so he probably wouldn’t be given a huge amount of screen time – which should make it easier for the film to juggle multiple bad guys without getting too messy.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently shooting in Atlanta, and will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
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