Although it'd only been filming for 10 days Spider-Man: Homecoming (opens in new tab) still prepared a sizzle reel for some lucky San Diego Comic Con (opens in new tab) attendees (read our report here (opens in new tab)). The footage included a quick glimpse at Michael Keaton's Vulture, and director Jon Watts has been keen to emphasise that this version of the villain is rooted in tech:
"It's a very tech-based approach to how the Vulture would build a wing-suit and how he would fly", Watts told Collider (opens in new tab). "It's not just cool design, it's a big part of the story. From the very beginning we wanted to try and keep it tech-based, just to keep it different from what we'd seen before in and getting away from anything that was too similar to [the past], and it sets up a really cool thing that I don't want to talk about yet! It's gonna be awesome." Spider-Man himself Tom Holland added that "the suit allows us to incorporate much more physical presence from the Vulture, and he's a really formidable villain".
Spider-Man actually has quite a few tech-based villains in his rogues gallery - not least of which is Green Goblin, who sported his own green flight suit in Sam Raimi's first Spidey flick - but Vulture is a great villain to have if you want to showcase Spider-Man's numerous abilities.
Speaking of the webhead, Holland noted that Spider-Man will have some tech of his own; "We're trying to bring it down to his bare bones and make the most realistic version of a superhero movie we can possibly make, and that means watching him fill up his web cartridges, and watching him run out of web and reload and all sorts of stuff".
Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, Donald Glover, and Zendaya, Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into cinemas on July 7, 2017.