Marvel showed off some footage from Spider-Man Homecoming in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, which proved to be among the buzziest presentations at the event. The big reveal? The film will feature The Vulture as its main villain, though he might look a bit different than fans remember.
So, why The Vulture? Director Jon Watts told Comic Book the decision stemmed from the fact that he was one of the first villains Peter Parker ever faced in the Amazing Spider-Man comic, so it seemed fitting to kick off his official inclusion to the MCU with an old-school baddie. Not to mention the fact that, you know, every other good villain has already been done to death in Sony’s myriad Spidey movies.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
"Well, we wanted to sort of go back to the origins of what made Spider-Man and Peter Parker so unique you know, and that's why we just sort of really doubled down on the idea that he is a kid. He is a high school student in this crazy universe. He has to keep his identity a secret, which a lot of the other characters in the MCU don't, um, and just, in general, going back to those origins ya know. The Vulture is really the first supervillain that Spider-Man ever fights in Amazing Spider-Man, the second issue, after the chameleon, so it just felt like the right thing to do, to go back to the roots in that way.”
Though the studio didn’t release the footage online for fans at home to check out (le sigh), Marvel did drop a piece of concept art from the film, which shows Tom Holland’s Spider-Man duking it out with a high-tech version of The Vulture. Watts told Collider that design approach was very intentional, and apparently plays a key role in the story. Here’s an excerpt:
“It’s a very tech-based approach to how The Vulture would build a wing suit, and how he would fly. It’s not just cool design, it’s also a big part of the story … From the very beginning we wanted to keep it tech-based, just to keep it different from what we’d seen before, and it sets up a really cool thing I don’t want to talk about yet [laughs].”
Spider-Man Homecoming opens July 7, 2017.
What do you think of the decision to feature The Vulture? Do you like his new look?