Michael Keaton will officially be a part of the upcoming Sony/Marvel reboot project Spider-Man: Homecoming, which marks the first official Spider-Man film in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Keaton will play Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture, a bad guy who has tangled with Spidey in the comics since his first appearance in 1963 and a recurring member of the Sinister Six. It was a role that he has long been rumored to land, but contract negotiations were reported to be at a standstill when it was revealed that Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark would also be a main player in the movie. There were suggestions that the studio couldn’t afford them both (which is silly, of course, since Captain America: Civil War made over a billion dollars at the box office).
Apparently Keaton and the studio finally found a deal that works, because Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige let it slip in The Toronto Sun that the man who once played Batman would indeed be suiting up as The Vulture.
“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. And… we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos [in Avengers: Infinity War]. We’re looking forward to that very much.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters in July 2017.