Ahead of the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer set to debut tomorrow, we have a new official look at Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes, aka the Vulture, as well as the latest information about the Marvel villain.
According to USA Today, the character is getting a bit of a new origin for his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. Gone is the older businessman from the early comics. In the MCU, Toomes is more of a blue-collar worker who's in the scavanging salvaging business in New York City, picking up the pieces left behind by the Avengers (Chitauri Invasion, anyone?). Okay, so far, I like that. Just like a real vulture.
Also, I want to high-five the heck out of whoever came up with Keaton's vulture-like leather coat. It's amazing.
Co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll says Toomes also “has a bone to pick” with our favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), when Toomes loses his contract (after some sort of altercation) to a new government organization founded by Iron Man, and that Toomes “sort of becomes the dark Tony Stark.” Here’s what Keaton said of his character:
“Some people see themselves as victims — he sees himself a little bit like that. He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot — a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?’ ”
In the movie, Toomes and the film's other two villains: the Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus), start making and selling dangerous and powerful weapons to other criminals made out of scavenged alien artifacts and stolen advanced tech. No wonder Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) spidey-senses are all a-tingling!
Director Jon Watts (Cop Car) said it was great to use “this neat junk from all the other movies. 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.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming will spin a web into movie theaters on July 7.