‘Spider-Man’ Movie Reboot Villain Is Vulture? Will John Malkovich Take the Role?


The tentatively titled “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which will be arriving in July 2017, is picking up steam. We had learned that Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans will appear in it. Now, Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death (BMD) has learned that Spider-Man’s formidable enemy, Vulture, will be featured in the Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei starring movie to be helmed by Jon Watts (“Cop Car”).

“The Vulture will be in this movie. Will he be the main baddie? Will he be a villain Spidey has to defeat in an opening scene? I don’t know, although old rumors that passed by my ears indicated a non-main villain role for the old bird,” says Faraci in his article.

Unlike most of the enemies Spider-Man has faced in all the live action movies so far, Adrian Toomes aka Vulture is very old. Holland will be only 20 years old when the reboot hits theatres. The fight between the two should be interesting. More interesting is the idea of someone like John Malkovich playing the character.

Collider mentions that Sam Raimi wanted to use Vulture in a fourth Spider-Man film and cast Oscar-nominated actor John Malkovich in the role. However, producer Avi Arad did not want to use the Vulture and the film was scrapped anyway. A reboot followed, “The Amazing Spider-Man” starring Andrew Garfield, which petered out (no pun intended) after “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had told Collider that they are “the creative producers. We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in this film, and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film.” Sony Pictures will be involved in a production capacity but Marvel is clearly calling the shots. Avi Arad is not involved this time so whether or not he likes the inclusion of the Vulture doesn’t really matter.

What will be interesting, though, is who ends up being the main villain that Spider-Man has to battle with or whether it’s the Sinister Six. It’s definitely a possibility as teased at the end of Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Though that series is dead, the new one could be using that leftover tease. There is no reason for it not to work if writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein can cleverly implement them into the script. However, multiple heroes for the first movie might be a bit too much for young Peter Parker and the audience to handle.

As for now, audiences can catch the new Spider-Man in the forthcoming “Captain America: Civil War” which includes a whopping 30 minutes of screen-time for the wall-crawler.

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