Despite earlier reports, Michael Keaton’s Adrian Toomes / The Vulture won’t appear in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’. Neither is Laura Harrier, who played his daughter, and Peter’s love interest Liz. Now that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has opened, the veil of secrecy around upcoming Marvel projects has lifted slightly, with the release of the first full-length ‘Far From Home’, which teases, of all things, a Multiverse. Now ‘FFH’ director Jon Watts has revealed, through an interview with Fandango, that:
“Keaton is not in the movie, and Laura is not in the movie.”
Outside of Thanos and Loki, most Marvel movie villains don’t carry over from one movie to another, so this is nothing new. Fans probably weren’t clamoring for a return for The Vulture, even though Keaton gave a great, menacing performance in the ‘Homecoming’. And the mid-credits scene somewhat set him up to possibly return, as he knew Spider-Man’s secret identity, and certain other villains, like Mac Gargan / The Scorpion (played by Michael Mando) were itching to strike back at the “Friendly Neighborhood” wall-crawler.
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Maybe this will pay off in a different way, or maybe not at all. It wouldn’t be the first time a plot thread just magically disappeared in the Marvel series. (See ya, Sharon Carter! Say hi to Sif!)
Speaking of ladies, Liz moved away in ‘Homecoming’ after her father was unmasked and sent to prison. She was kind of a drip anyway. In the latest trailers, it’s obvious that Peter is now crushing on Michelle “M.J.” Jones (Zendaya). From the time her casting was announced, fans assumed that Zendaya’s character would be the main female supporting character and potential love interest in these movies, as she is already a pretty big star, even outside this franchise. It’s natural that her profile is rising in ‘FFH’.
Back to The Vulture for a second, but Spider-Man is already going to have his hands full with Hydro-Man and the Molten Man, so he’s probably glad not to have to deal with Toomes on top of that. And then there’s Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Quentin Beck, but it seems like he’s a… good guy? Maybe? (Probably not.)
Are you upset that The Vulture won’t be back?
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ webs up movie screens on July 2.