Star of 1990’s Batman Michael Keaton has been confirmed to join Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming in a move which sees the iconic actor’s return to comic book films.
His role as the villainous mastermind known as The Vulture arrives after months of negotiations and will see him go up against the new Spider-Man played by a young Tom Holland. Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May whilst Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as Iron Man in the film and link in the current Captain America: Civil War saga.
Keaton’s character, Adrian Toomes, should not be lacking in depth as he is considered a supervillain amongst the Marvel universe. True to comic book form, his back story involves the creation of a flight harness which provides accelerated strength and a longer human lifespan. After a falling out with his business partner in which he loses everything, Toomes embarks on a path of crime and revenge. Don’t think Keaton can pull it off? Think again. He played a similar calculating character in 2014’s Robocop remake.
Given The Vulture’s comic book roots as a recurring villain to Spiderman, we could be seeing a lot more of Keaton in the future of Marvel films.