Michael Keaton is in early talks to play a villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming, according to Variety. Yesterday, Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death reported hearing that classic Spider-Man villain the Vulture will appear in the movie. Faraci could not pin down whether or not Vulture will be Spidey’s main adversary in the film.
Keaton is the right age to play the Vulture, a character that has typically been much older than Peter Parker, but he’s also a good fit to play a number of Spider-Man antagonists. I’ve already seen suggestions of Norman Osborn and J. Jonah Jameson, two roles that would also work for Keaton. He’s a great actor, so Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures can’t really lose if Keaton signs, though neither studio has commented on Variety‘s report.
Keaton, the first serious Batman on screen, is already a legend in the superhero genre, but a villain turn against Spider-Man would be a lot of fun. Hopefully these negotiations prove to be fruitful for all sides.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland in the title role and directed by Jon Watts, will be released on July 7, 2017.