So far, the cast that’s been assembled for Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the all-around best ensembles that Marvel has had in any of their cinematic universe films to date, bar none. Featuring all-star veterans like Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, but being populated by a mostly-younger cast of promising actors – Homecoming seems like not only a breath of fresh air for the superhero genre, but for Spider-Man as a character onscreen as well.
A number of the film’s roles are being kept under wraps for the time being though, with some of the biggest mystery additions being actors like Donald Glover, Abraham Attah, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green, and more, with the final two both being rumored to be playing villains in the film.
Looks like the cast of antagonists in Homecoming is going to be even larger than we thought too, with Deadline reporting that Captain Phillips star, Michael Chernus, has been cast in the movie as The Tinkerer, a villain only recently revealed to be appearing in the film. This makes him now only the second villain to be confirmed officially for the movie alongside Keaton as The Vulture, though Shocker is also expected to appear at one point as well.
The report adds that Chernus and Keaton’s characters will be playing off of each other quite a bit in the film as well, which makes sense considering it’s probably Tinkerer who helps Adrian Toomes build his technologically-advanced Vulture suit for the movie.
Like The Vulture as well, The Tinkerer is one of Spider-Man’s most old school villains, appearing for the first time in the second issue of The Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and providing tech for a number of Spidey’s more notable villains throughout the years including Vulture, Scorpio, Mysterio, and more.
So with that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chernus ends up playing a larger role in the new Spider-Man franchise than just this one film, though at this point, it’s hard to really know anything about Homecoming other than what Kevin Feige and co. want us to. For the time being though, this lineup of villains is looking more and more like a callback to the more classic Spider-Man villain rosters, and I for one, am kind of in love with it so far.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theatres on July 7th, 2017.
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