Michael Keaton Goes From Birdman to Vulture in New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Photos
USA Today recently ran a new interview with Jon Watts, director of the upcoming re-re-reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming, far in advance of the film’s July 7 release date. Watts got the chance to explain the fundamental differences between his foray into the Marvel Universe and the films that came before, stating that the fundamental regular-guyness of Peter Parker will set him apart from the likes of Thor and Iron Man: “My whole approach for this movie is that we’ve seen the penthouse level of the (Marvel) universe. We’ve seen what it’s like to be a billionaire inventor and to be a Norse god. We’ve seen the very top of this world. But we’ve never seen what it’s like to be just a regular Joe.”
It’s true that Spider-Man’s relatable double life as a high school student in Queens juggling girl problems with money problems with super-villainy problems initially endeared him to readers, so it’s heartening to hear that Watts understands that much. But the USA Today item offered more than Watts’ soundbites, also granting readers their first look at Michael Keaton in character as the nefarious Vulture. The article reveals that Keaton’s supervillain begins as the owner of a scrap salvage company responsible for cleaning up the rubble-strewn aftermaths of big Avengers battles, but turns to more unethical avenues of cash-flow when Stark Industries snaps up his big contract. With help from the terrible Tinkerer, the Vulture uses the refuse he collects to fashion some super-weaponry and take his revenge on Tony Stark.
The above photo sees recent Oscar nominee Keaton striking a menacing pose in what we can safely assume is his workshop, judging by the engine suspended in the air. His fur-lined coat kind of resembles the plumage of a vulture, so that’s something, and we know he’s one tough customer by the opened beer sitting on his workbench. The previous trailer showed the Vulture in action for a split second, but this new photo exposes the man behind what is regrettably not an emerald-green bodysuit. He’s a blue-collar guy who feels wronged by the system and intends on seizing a little justice by any means necessary. And in this respect, we may take Spider-Man: Homecoming as the spiritual sequel to Money Monster.