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Spider-Man: Homecoming villain will probably be Michael Keaton, who's rumored to play *SPOILER*

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This is your friendly spoiler warning. Click away if you've not seen Captain America: Civil War and wish to know nothing about Spider-Man: Homecoming.

You may recall a month ago when Michael Keaton was up for the role (opens in new tab) of Spider-Man: Homecoming (opens in new tab)'s villain... and then a week later when he wasn't (opens in new tab). Well, history repeats itself today as Variety (opens in new tab) reports that Keaton is back in the mix for the role and that final negotiations have begun. THR (opens in new tab)'s story adds that the deal is done, and he's locked in for the part. All we need now is the official press release from Marvel. If this bunch of stories are true *fingers crossed* then Keaton will be stepping up to play Spidey's main nemesis.  

Along with Keaton's return, there's some rumored info on who that dastardly person might be. It was reported (opens in new tab) that he was lined up to play The Vulture, and sources over at JoBlo (opens in new tab) back that up. The site reports that not only will Keaton be playing The Vulture, but he'll be joined in his mission to wreak havoc on New York City by The Tinkerer. You gotta love that name. 

But wait, there's more! To sync the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, apparently The Tinkerer will help the Vulture construct a fancy new suit that's crafted from salvaged Chitauri tech left in the wreckage from The Avengers' Battle of New York. Pretty cool, eh? With Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark returning to mentor the young superhero, this flick's shaping up to be a perfect bridge between Sony and Marvel's comic book worlds.  

Speaking of Iron Man, it looks like that cheeky post-credits scene where we saw Peter Parker toying around with his Spidey signal was just the beginning. JoBlo adds that Stark's extra modifications to Parker's costume include the web wings made popular during his early comic book years. Oh yes; we'll get to see Spider-Man fly. 

Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Tony Revolori, Laura Harrier and Zendaya, Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into cinemas on July 7, 2017. 

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Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.