Michael Keaton's Vulture in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Will Be More Political

Monday, 03 April 2017 - 7:48PM
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Spider-Man: Homecoming
Monday, 03 April 2017 - 7:48PM
Michael Keaton's Vulture in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Will Be More Political
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One of the many things the newest Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer showed was some more of Michael Keaton, who'll be playing the classic Spider-Man foe Vulture in the new film. As someone who's now playing a bizarre fusion of two of his previous roles (the superhero Batman and the bird-themed Birdman), Keaton is one of the most exciting names here, besides possibly Robert Downey Jr.

Much of the cast, including stars Tom Holland and Keaton, spoke to news outlets today about various bits and pieces of the upcoming Spider-Man film. And while Keaton wasn't allowed to give much away - as per usual, Marvel and Disney are being secretive - his various statements and interviews put together a better portrait of the villainous Adrian Toomes, who will (spoilers) become the Vulture.

What we know so far is that Toomes runs a salvage company in New York, and his Vulture suit is built from salvaged Chitauri tech from The Avengers' giant alien battle. But the movie is at least making an effort to give Toomes a decent motivation for being the villain, because he's fueled by some very political beliefs about the rich (like Tony Stark) and the poor (like himself). Speaking to Collider, Keaton goes more in detail:

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"[The Vulture's] somewhat of a victim. He takes things in that he feels like a victim, and some of it is justified actually. He believes that there's an upper echelon of society of people who are getting away with a lot and have everything. And there's a whole lot of folks who are working hard, and don't have much. Does that sound familiar to anybody, given the political climate?
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Another aspect of the Vulture that's going to separate him from most, if not all, recent MCU villains is the fact he's a dad. His hideout on the set apparently includes his children's drawings on the fridge, and his desire to feed his kids fuels some of his anti-Stark resentment (this movie is starting to sound more like "Iron Man and Spider-Man" than just a solo Spidey flick).

Speaking to /Film, producer Eric Hauserman Carroll goes more in-depth than Keaton over Adrian "The Vulture and Family Man" Toomes:

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"He is a businessman with a family. He wants to look out for his kids. He's got sort of a Tony Soprano mentality. He doesn't have these big delusions of grandeur where he wants to take over the world, or replace the government, or even defeat the Avengers or anything. He just wants his shot at the good life, and he thinks it's not fair that someone like Tony Stark can make a fortune selling weapons and find the light, turn away from that, and be looked upon as a hero and then even worse, help found – as you'll see – he gets paid to clean up the mess."
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Despite some fans' inevitable cries to keep politics out of entertainment, this could honestly make Vulture one of the better MCU villains if done right. The Vulture was a relatively boring Spider-Man villain despite being one of his oldest; his only major qualities were that he robbed things and he could fly. Turning him into a politically motivated villain, especially in these days when everything is political, could be one step in solving Marvel's "boring villain" problem that so many of their films suffer from.

Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out July 7, 2017.
 
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