‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: The Vulture’s Backstory Revealed

Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out in a couple months, with a new trailer coming up soon. The main villain is the Vulture, and he’s played by Micheal Keaton. It’s funny that the past actor of Batman is now in a Marvel movie. Director Jon Watts and Keaton talked about Vulture in an interview with USA Today, and their approach to the character.

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Keaton also played another bird superhero in Birdman 

“My whole approach for this movie is that we’ve seen the penthouse level of the (Marvel) universe,” said Watts. “We’ve seen what it’s like to be a billionaire inventor and to be a Norse god. We’ve seen the very top of this world. But we’ve never seen what it’s like to be just a regular Joe. It’s a really great starting point for the villains to have the Vulture picking over the stuff and finding the valuable exotic elements and having the Tinkerer assemble into something that could be used.[The Marvel Cinematic Universe] is where you can be a villain and a real person, too. Being a supervillain isn’t necessarily your full-time job.”

That’s an interesting way to approach this villain. It seems like that they really want this film to be more down to Earth, rather than the spectacles of the past films. MCU villains are usually over the top, grand, and forgettable. Maybe Keaton will be the right person to finally break the MCU villain curse, that Marvel has been going through. He is an Academy-Award nominated actor, who also knows what it’s like to be in a comic book movie. Keaton then commented on how Vulture sees himself.

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Vulture in the comics

“Some people see themselves as victims — he sees himself a little bit like that,” Keaton says of Toomes. “He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot — a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?’ ”

The best villains are the ones where you can understand their motivations. Hopefully that’s how the Vulture is portrayed, and it also seems like they’re going with a more realistic design rather than the comics. Adrian Toomes in the comics makes a suit that makes him fly resembling a Vulture. He’s one of Spider-Man’s oldest villains, and this is his cinematic debut.

Spider-Man: Homecoming releases July 7, 2017.

Source: USA Today