Looks like Michael Keaton got caught in the spider’s web after all.
Last month it was reported that the “Birdman” and “Spotlight” star was in talks for Marvel and Sony’s “Spider-Man” reboot, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It was later reported that the negotiations had fallen through. Now, it appears things are back on, with Deadline reporting that the deal has closed and the renowned actor will be playing one of Spidey’s most infamous villains: The Vulture.
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 mantel), 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 is important to note that it is not confirmed that Keaton will play this character, or that the character will even appear in the film. Plot details have been heavily guarded thus far, and speculation is rampant.
However, director Jon Watts seemingly confirmed that Keaton was at least joining the film when he tweeted a GIF of Keaton the same day the casting news broke.
If the deal is confirmed, Keaton would be joining previously announced stars 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.
The film currently has a release date of July 7, 2017.