It appears that Michael Keaton will be in Spider-Man: Homecoming after all.
Keaton was reportedly close to landing the villain role in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot in April as Sony Pictures had eyed the Birdman star for the film. After it appeared Keaton was close to signing on, he backed out of the project.
Now, Deadline reports that Keaton will indeed be in the film:
“Michael Keaton, who in April was in early talks for a villainous role in the Sony-Marvel collaboration/reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming before falling out, is back in the mix again and we’ve been told his deal has closed.”
Keaton will play the villainous Vulture, one of the few main Spider-Man villains who hasn’t been adapted to the big screen. The role would be ironic for Keaton, who appeared to poke fun at his past superhero persona as Batman in Birdman. He would quite literally be playing a Birdman should he take the part. JoBlo.com reports Keaton would be the main villain in the film.
Paul Shirey’s report for JoBlo.com also mentions that Keaton won’t be the only villain joining the film, as The Tinkerer reportedly will be making his big screen debut in Homecoming. According to their sources, The Tinkerer will build Vulture’s suit out of recovered Chitauri tech which was left over after the climactic battle of New York in The Avengers.
Keaton joining Spider-Man: Homecoming gives the reboot a phenomenal actor to go head-to-head against Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Keaton also joins Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark, who will be Peter Parker’s mentor), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), and Zendaya (Michelle). Spider-Man’s introduction to the MCU is going to be chalk full of quality acting.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be swinging onto the big screen with a July 7, 2017 release. Jon Watts (Cop Car)is set to direct a script from John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation).