The Vulture was confirmed as the main villain in the new “Spider-Man” movie today at San Diego Comic-Con.
The character, to be played by Michael Keaton, was originally to appear in Sam Raimi’s abandoned fourth “Spider-Man” movie – to be then played by John Malkovich.
The new film “Spider-Man : Homecoming” has been described as a ‘highschool movie’ – with, interestingly enough, the back catalog of John Hughes said to be more an inspiration than an “Iron Man” or “Batman”.
Deadline had a run down of some of the footage shown at the film’s panel at Comic-Con today :
Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel tonight consistently crushed it in a breakneck pace of reveals and first looks but the hands-down winner of the event was the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, sadly a comic-con exclusive at the moment, that lives up to all the hype as well as the promises from the film’s producers that it will be, first and foremost, a high school movie. Sony Pictures’ latest reboot of the franchise stars Tom Holland and is directed by Jon Watts and both were onstage, along with other members of the cast (but no Michael Keaton) to give the first glimpse at the film which has a July 7, 2017 release date.
Watts called it “a straight up high school movie” and he wasn’t lying: The scenes shown in the teaser feel straight out of a John Hughes movie, but with more super hero stuff. Starting with a montage that shows the high school yearbook photos of the Avengers, it transitions, 80s teen movie style, to Holland’s Peter Parker and his life at fictional Midtown High School. An affable nerd — and no luck with girls, the teaser makes it clear how much work he puts in to balance high school with being a super hero on the side (including surreptitiously making web fluid in chemistry class.)
One great moment: a group of high school girls playing F*uck, Marry, Kill with superheroes, only for one of them to ask “what about Spider-Man”, which causes Peter, doing situps nearby, to blush. One thing for sure, as Marvel gets more confident dominating movie theaters, it’s getting more confident hinting that people actually have normal lives that include mundane things like, you know, being desperate to have sex. It’s great stuff and I can’t wait to see how the final film bridges the gap between teen sexual angst and worries about popularity and the future, and battling supervillains on the side.
Speaking of, the clip ends with short scenes of him doing some super things, and then The Vulture, confirming him as the main villain ((Michael Keaton is in talks to take on the role).