This classic villain is rumored to be in the new Spider-Man movie

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Apr 13, 2016, 10:59 AM EDT

One of Spidey's very first enemies may be in his next stand-alone film -- and he's someone we almost saw once before.

Birth.Movies.Death reports that the Vulture, aka Adrian Toomes, will appear in the Spider-Man movie coming out in 2017 that's a joint venture between Sony Picture and Marvel Studios. The Vulture is one of the oldest members of Spider-Man's rogues gallery in two ways: He was the second supervillain the wallcrawling hero ever fought (in The Amazing Spider-Man #2, May 1963), and the character himself has always been a more elderly gentleman (other people have worn the Vulture gear over the years, but we imagine that the movie version will stay faithful and stick with Toomes).


We almost saw the Vulture on the big screen once before: In 2011, he was supposed to be the main villain in Sam Raimi's abandoned Spider-Man 4, alongside Black Cat. In fact, Raimi had tentatively cast John Malkovich as Toomes and Anne Hathaway as Black Cat before he walked away from the project and Sony rebooted the whole franchise with the Andrew Garfield version.

The Vulture may or may not be the primary antagonist in the new movie, which the site says is going with the title Spider-Man: Homecoming for now, as per some recent reports. Nothing is confirmed except for three of the stars (Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as "Michelle"), the director (Jon Watts) and the release date (July 7, 2017). But after seeing how well Marvel has handled Spidey's introduction in Captain America: Civil War, I have a lot of confidence in whatever other decisions they have yet to announce.

Would you like to see Spidey battle the Vulture? What other villains should the new Spider-Man face off against?