Thanks to the New York Toy Fair, we have a better look at what to expect from Bokeem Woodbine’s electric villain Shocker in (opens in new tab). Instagram user Eric Cameron managed to snag a photo of some promo art featuring the character’s costume while he was at the event:
The Shocker photo is part of a larger collage, but if you look in the top left of the photo above, you can make out the new look at the costume. It appears to be aiming for some accuracy to the comics with that yellow quilt designed to insulate the character from his powerful blast vibrations, but it looks a little more cartoonish than previous hints we’ve gotten about what the character may look like in the film. Contrast the image above with this screencap of Woodbine from the film’s trailer:
That shot looks way more realistic than the new promo art, which has the unfortunate side effect of making Shocker look like a giant yellow oven mitt. It’s not exactly a costume that will strike fear into the hearts of his enemies… but if he does end up wearing it in the movie, at least it should give Spidey something fun to quip about.
There’s also the matter of Prometheus star Logan Marshall-Green, who was cast as a mysterious villain months ago. The studio hasn’t officially commented on who he’ll be playing, but based on this screenshot from the trailer, that yellow quilted material he’s wearing lends credence to speculation that he might be playing an entirely different incarnation of Shocker in this film. That might explain the differences in the costumes: Marshall-Green could have a more lived-in, realistic version, while Woodbine could end up using a more over-the-top, comic-style costume.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of my most anticipated superhero movies of the year, but one of the things I’m just the tiniest bit hesitant about is the number of characters involved. This franchise doesn’t have the best history with cramming multiple villains into its movies (see: Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man films), so seeing Woodbine’s Shocker, Michael Keaton’s Vulture, Marshall-Green’s character, and potentially even Donald Glover’s character (who may also be a villain) together in the same movie has me hoping the writers know what they’re doing. Things are about to get pretty crowded for our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler.
Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Bokeem Woodbine, and Donald Glover, Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters on July 7, 2017.
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