“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which started filming this week in Atlanta, has added yet another villain to its lineup. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that “Fargo” actor Bokeem Woodbine has joined Michael Keaton and Logan Marshall-Green (“Prometheus”) as another villain in the film.
No further details on the role were given; however, it appears the rumors surrounding Keaton playing the Vulture were true. IMDB lists Keaton as the Vulture on the official page for the film, one of the few confirmed roles on the page.
The Vulture was one of Spider-Man’s first real supervillains in the comics, and coincidentally the reason Peter Parker got his famous day job as a freelance photographer (the fictional tabloid The Daily Bugle placed a reward for whoever could capture a photo of The Vulture). Vulture is really Adrian Toomes (although other people eventually take up the mantle), a Staten Island inventor who created a flight harness that provided him with more strength and a longer lifespan. When his business partner embezzled him, he turned to crime for revenge and out of anger.
It was also recently announced that Abraham Attah, who wowed in his first major role in “Beasts of No Nation,” would be joining the film as well. Attah and Woodbine join a cast that includes Tom Holland (who first appeared as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in “Captain America: Civil War”), Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Zendaya as the female lead, Michelle. Hannibal Buress, Donald Glover and Selenis Leyva also star in unspecified roles.
Jon Watts directs with a screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. The film is scheduled for a July 7, 2017 release date.