Earlier this week, it was announced that Captain Phillips and Orange is the New Black star Michael Chernus had been cast in Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as The Tinkerer, one of the character’s original villains. Rumored to have a lot of interactions with Michael Keaton’s Vulture as well, The Tinkerer will apparently be the one to supply Adrian Toomes with his technologically-advanced suit in the film, though other plot details surrounding the character are being kept under tight wraps for the time being.
Considering his place in the Spider-Man lore though, often being the one behind the technology of a number of Spider-Man’s more iconic foes, it seemed possible that The Tinkerer would have a larger role to play in the film and possible franchise than just a one-off appearance, especially with Bokeem Woodbine also rumored to playing Shocker in the film.
Now, some new details from Heroic Hollywood may reveal The Tinkerer’s pre-existing place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his possible vengeful relationship with none other than one of the Avengers as well. I’m gonna go ahead and issue a possible SPOILER WARNING before I get too far into the details though, for those of you out there trying to know as little as possible about the film for the next year…
The report states that when we meet him in the film, The Tinkerer will have been an ex-Stark Industries employee who was fired by none other than Tony Stark himself years before the events of Homecoming. Apparently, The Tinkerer’s tech, which he supplies to both The Vulture and Shocker in the film, has extraterrestrial origins as well, and is based from repurposed Chitauri tech, the alien race that attacked in The Avengers.
This all makes sense too, as it would explain why Tony Stark might have fired one of his employees, if they were messing around too much with the Chitauri technology, and would make the character’s place in the MCU a substantial one. With Robert Downey Jr. cast in the film as well, it will be interesting to see Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) having to fight villains that are, in a way, a direct result of Tony Stark’s faulty people skills.
Make sure to take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being, but considering all of the many Marvel movie rumors running around right now, this one makes some legitimate sense, and could explain the MCU origins for one of Peter Parker’s more classic villains.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theatres on July 7th, 2017.
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