Marvel and Sony have been drip-feeding information about ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ for several months now. The flow of information has been so controlled that many of the cast were announced without any hint of who they might be playing. By now, though, enough information has been released that we can start getting a sense of what shape the film will take. This includes the fact that the film’s villain (or at least one of them) will be the Vulture, as played by Michael Keaton.

In association with ‘USA Today’, Marvel and Sony have released the first official still from ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’ which you can see below:


In addition to the photo itself, the reveal featured several quotes from star Tom Holland, in which the young actor offered some insights into his version of Spider-Man:

“This is really a movie where Spider-Man is not the finished article. He really does learn and he makes massive mistakes. It’s nice to see a kid do that and then try to rectify those mistakes”

In addition, Holland notes that the movie is “more a character piece about this kid who’d struggling to talk to girls and also struggling to save the city,” before continuing by teasing the introduction of the Vulture:

“The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying. It’s like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking… It’s fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there’s got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains too.”

Co-created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the Vulture is one of Spider-Man’s earliest villains, having first appeared in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man #2’ in 1963. He would also become the wall crawler’s first recurring villain when he made a return appearance a few months later in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man #7’. Though ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ marks the first live action appearance of the Vulture, it is not the first attempt at bringing the classic villain to the screen. Sam Raimi’s aborted ‘Spider-Man 4‘ was also on track to feature the Vulture (with John Malkovich rumored for the part) before Sony ultimately decided to reboot the franchise with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’.

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Directed by Jon Watts, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ sees the web slinger return to the big screen following a well-received cameo in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. The film – which is set to swing into theaters on July 7, 2017 – stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Laura Harrier, and Robert Downey Jr.