Now a rumor has emerged regarding the film’s potential villain. A month ago, we learned that Sony was once again planning a ‘Venom’ movie, after derailing following the lackluster performance of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. And the Spidey comic book story ‘Homecoming’ followed the hero after he returned from the first ‘Secret Wars’ event, sporting a mysterious new black suit. Of course as everyone knows, this suit ended up becoming Venom. Will the new movie follow that?
Well, from the sound of things, maybe not. Or if it does, it will mainly be set-up as another villainous name is rumored to be swooping onto the silver screen– The Vulture.
In the comics, Adrian Toomes was an electronic engineer who invented a flight suit that also granted him super strength, which he used to gain revenge on his business partner who swindled him out of all of his money and his job. Toomes then embarked on a career as a criminal. The Vulture was only the second super villain that the hero ever fought and is also one of his most deadly, committing murder on more than one occasion.
What’s odd is that The Vulture’s most distinctive feature is… well, that he’s an old man. On the one hand, pitting the youngest big screen Spider-Man against a senior citizen could be an interesting contrast. Then again, compared to Holland, an actor in his forties could be considered old, so they could also take that approach. In the comics, The Vulture has at times, regained his youth through different means, so that’s a possibility too.
Sam Raimi planned to use The Vulture as the villain in ‘Spider-Man 4’ with John Malkovich in the role but that film never came together and Sony chose to reboot the franchise without Raimi… or The Vulture.
It’s also possible that the film could include more than one rogue, but Sony and Marvel had best be wary of going down that path, as “too many bad guys” was one of the chief complaints about ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’.
Sony will have a presence in Las Vegas later this month at CinemaCon, a trade show for theater owners. The show is not open to the public, so news may not be pumping out the way it does at SDCC or even Toyfair. But should Sony present information to these theater owners about ‘Spider-Man’, hopefully we’ll be able to get it to you.
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (tentative title) will be directed by Jon Watts, with a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. Joining Holland are Marisa Tomei and Zendaya. The film crawls into theaters on July 7, 2017.
Holland makes his costumed debut in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ due on May 6, 2016.