Michael Keaton Nearing Deal to Play Main Villain in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

By May 20, 2016

Well, this has certainly been an interesting game of will they or won’t they, hasn’t it?

With Robert Downey Jr. already set to co-star in the film alongside Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Homecoming was reported to be eyeing none other than former Batman himself, Michael Keaton, to play the film’s lead villain role, which at the time had been rumored to be Adrian Toomes a.k.a. The Vulture. Though recently it had seemed as though Keaton had pulled out of negotiations for the film.

This is why you should never say never when it comes to Hollywood though, I guess.

THR is now reporting that Keaton is back in the mix to play the film’s main villain, with a deal between himself and Marvel entering into final negotiations.  After having approached other actors for the role after initial negotiations with Keaton fell apart, the studio apparently circled back once again a short time later, looking to bring the actor back into the superhero fray once again.

The report states that his character’s identity is being currently kept under wraps, though he will be playing the main villain in the film, if the deals go through. Homecoming will be co-produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal, with Jon Watts set to direct.

Keaton of course would be a big get for the film as well, after not only being most well known for his portrayal of Batman in Tim Burton’s films, but also after making a comeback over the most recent years into being a constant presence at the Oscar circuit every year with movies like Spotlight and Birdman. He looks poised for another run at the statue this year as well with the McDonald’s film, The Founder.

After that though, is it possible that Keaton could finally return to the superhero genre once again? This time in a much different landscape? It certainly seems so.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will 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