For anyone really paying attention this is not really news, but more just confirmation of news we had already guessed at. Still, it is nice to get that confirmation just so we can add it to the “stop wondering about it column” and move on to more fruitful speculation.  During a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Kevin Feige confirmed at long last that Michael Keaton is indeed playing the Vulture, confirming what most fans had already figured out:

“We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos (in Avengers: Infinity War). We’re looking forward to that very much.”

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Photo credit: Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

Of course, the irony is great since Keaton’s most recent award-garnering role was for ‘Birdman,’ a fact that I’m sure is lost on nobody, and I would not be surprised if that is somehow referenced in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ And knowing that Keaton was on a list of actors that Marvel really wanted for their films inspires a lot of confidence for me in the people behind the MCU as it shows yet again the level of detail and quality they have in every aspect of their movies, as they truly do look for the best people to play these roles, and not just for someone who is big “in the moment,” or someone young and marketable who they can put through the meat grinder of a franchise and use in 6 or 7 movies if necessary (although admittedly that does happen).

Now with this confirmed and with the leak about Michael Giacchino being hired to do the score for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (he is one of my favorite composers nowadays) I am getting even more excited for this movie, and am counting the days till it is released next year. What are your thoughts on Spidey’s next foray onto the big screen? Are you excited? Share your opinion in the comments below!