While I’m sure we all had a favorite scene from the recently released Captain America: Civil War, everyone can agree Tom Holland’s debut as the web-swinging Spider-Man was a shining moment. Not only was it great to see Spidey in the MCU for the first time, but this appearance also was a delightful treat for any fan of the classic Spidey so many of us grew up with.
Now, considering some of the rumors we’ve been hearing about Marvel/Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, this isn’t the only treat for classic fans we’ll see. Most of what we know so far is unconfirmed rumors or fan-driven leaks, but we’ll cover some of these today.
First off, Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman). After initially passing on an unspecified villain role, it looks as though Keaton is closing in on a deal to star in the film alongside Holland, and actress Zendaya, in another unconfirmed role. Talks with Keaton initially ended after Robert Downey Jr. was brought on to the film to continue the relationship started between Tony Stark and Peter Parker in Civil War. With the studios seemingly figuring out a way to include both big name actors, we might see Keaton after all. While his role is still unknown, it has been rumored for a while that we will be seeing the Vulture face off against Spidey.
Adrian Toomes (the Vulture) was only the second costumed villain Spidey ever encountered, following the time Chameleon faced off against Spidey and the FF in Amazing Spider-Man #1. In his earliest incarnation, Toomes is an elderly scientist who creates a flight harness and turns to a life of crime, creating a costume and adopting the name of the Vulture. He’s been a recurring foe of Spidey for years, and even ramped up his lethality for a short time when he created a device that restored his youth by draining the life force of others. There have been rumors that this unique power set might feature in the film as well, but we’ll get to that a little bit later.
Vulture and Keaton aren’t the only villains and actors rumored for the film currently. Recent fan talk has led to rumors that Vincent D’Onofrio could potentially bring his fantastic portrayal of the Kingpin on to the big screen of the MCU.
D’Onofrio wowed most of us with his Wilson Fisk on the first season of Netflix’s Daredevil, and would be right at home facing off against Spider-Man. Kingpin initially tangled with the wall-crawler before things became personal between Fisk and Murdock/Daredevil in the comics. Unfortunately, D’Onofrio soon commented on the rumors, which seems in line with what we’ve heard of most rumored Marvel TV-to-film crossovers:
No casting news has dropped yet to shed light on any other villains, but it has been rumored that The Tinkerer might also appear in the film. While never really a big name Spidey villain himself, The Tinkerer is the mechanical genius behind a number of Marvel villains. His inclusion could have widespread effects across the entire MCU, with a number of armored and robotic villains having already featured in the larger universe. The Tinkerer could either help retroactively explain some other villains or lay the groundwork for a new generation of villains for Marvel’s upcoming phases.
I’ll also point you towards a rumored leak that goes into a number of potentially spoiler-y details about the film. This is very iffy stuff, but offers some cool ideas for the film including new info on the costume and villains, if the source is reliable of course. All I’ll say is web-pits and hell yes. You can check the alleged Spider-Man: Homecoming leak at the link.
We’ll be patiently waiting to see just what gets officially confirmed for the next, and arguably most exciting iteration of Spider-Man. I personally will be anxiously pacing around waiting to hear more about the film, so you can be sure to learn it hear on GB.
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