After initial talks fell through a month ago, it now looks like Marvel and Sony are spinning another web around former Batman Michael Keaton.
According to Variety, Keaton is back in talks with the studios for a villainous role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Although it’s never been officially confirmed, it’s believed the Birdman actor is actually in talks to play Marvel Comics' The Vulture.
If they manage to strike a deal, Keaton will join the MCU to star alongside Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as everyone’s favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark/Iron Man, Tony Revolori as Manuel, and Zendaya as Michelle. Kevin Feige is producing the movie with Amy Pascal (with Marvel having creative control of the film), with Jon Watts (Cop Car) directing from a script penned by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
A new report over at JoBlo claims (so take it with a grain of salt) that the new Spidey movie’s main villain will indeed be The Vulture, but the site also adds that he won’t be the only bad guy in town. Apparently, The Vulture (real name Adrian Toomes) will be helped by The Tinkerer, who'll lend a helping hand and build the villain’s suit with some recovered Chitauri tech left in the wake of the Battle of New York during the first Avengers movie.
Phineas Mason, aka The Tinkerer, is a genius in engineering of nearly superhuman levels who can create sophisticated gadgets with nothing but spare parts of household appliances found everywhere. Think of him as a bad guy Marvel version of MacGyver.
The site also claims that Spider-Man’s new suit will get a new upgrade for Homecoming. We already saw that Spidey’s web shooters featured the web-crawler’s signature signal light during the end credits for Captain America: Civil War -- courtesy of Tony Stark. It now looks like Spider-Man’s costume will also feature a very classic comic book design: The Web Wings, that Spidey will be able to deploy when needed. This design will be taking Spidey back to his Stan Lee/Steve Ditko origins. How cool is that???
As for Tony Stark’s role in the Marvel/Sony comic book movie, his role will be that of a mentor, there to supply the young web-slinger with some new modifications and tech.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will open July 7, 2017.