Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, has confirmed a long-standing rumour: Michael Keaton will play Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Speaking to the Toronto Sun, Feige was excited about the casting of new MCU villains, including Keaton "We’ve had a wish list and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something."
Vulture has previously featured in concept art for the film but this is the first confirmation of Michael Keaton, who had previously signed-on to appear in Homecoming, playing the winged baddie (despite being heavily rumoured to be the case).
Spider-Man surprises #SDCC! Here's the first look of the Concept Art featuring the Vulture in #SpiderManHomecoming pic.twitter.com/RDVEVsDHQaJuly 24, 2016
Keaton has previous in superhero movies, having played Batman – and also appearing as ‘Birdman’. It will be a fun change to see him play the villain opposite Tom Holland’s Spider-Man when the much-anticipated movie hits theaters in 2017.
Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei and Donald Glover, Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
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