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Michael Keaton talks about his role as Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming

01.16.2017
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After much praying (and probably a Satanic ritual or two), Marvel fanboys finally got to see their precious Spider-Man officially ushered into the MCU with CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. And, to the film's credit, we probably got a version of the web-crawler that was the closest we've had to his comic-book brethren (for better and for worse, because I f*cking hate mechanical web-shooters. But that's a discussion for another day).

Either way, we're here to talk about the film's primary villain, Vulture, played by former-Batman Michael Keaton. And in an interview with Variety - while promoting his new Oscar-bait film THE FOUNDER - Keaton let loose a few tidbits about the character:

[With] Vulture...not to give too much away...he’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, “You know what? I might see his point.” Really, really. It makes it interesting to play.

When asked if there was any trepidation about returning to the superhero genre, after his aforementioned role as Batman in the original Burton films, he had this to say:

No, I mean, not at all. It’s just a thing. A gig. I don’t mean it’s just a gig, it’s the next job. And you think you can do it or want to do it and in fact I said no, because I couldn’t, it didn’t work in my schedule. Then I’m glad to say, they kind of shifted the scheduling and it worked out. So it fit in and I’m glad I did it.

So, there you have it. Vulture will be interesting, Keaton has no problem with superhero roles, and Spider-Man will still have mechanical web-shooters. I mean, seriously, where does he find the money for the materials? I can maybe believe he made the shooters out of junk parts, but what about the webbing itself? Even if his spider powers lets him now how to build it, you think Peter can manufacture web that holds cars suspended with things he found in a dumpster or at Wal-Mart?! An --

Oh, I've wasted my life...

Anyway, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING will swing into theaters July 7th, 2017.

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Extra Tidbit: This will be the third Spider-Man in the span of ten years.
Source: Variety

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10:07AM on 01/17/2017
Getting a great actor like Michael Keaton to play the villain is always interesting.
Getting a great actor like Michael Keaton to play the villain is always interesting.
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8:39AM on 01/17/2017
You know... If Peter got bit by a radioactive spider at a high tech lab visit and during that visit he saw the chemical formula for a (slightly less classified) military grade adhesive lying about somewhere, which he remembers because duh, photographic memory, theoretically he could have replicated the formula at home. The mechanical contraption is easy enough to build, even that kid from Iron Man 3 could do it. Probably.
You know... If Peter got bit by a radioactive spider at a high tech lab visit and during that visit he saw the chemical formula for a (slightly less classified) military grade adhesive lying about somewhere, which he remembers because duh, photographic memory, theoretically he could have replicated the formula at home. The mechanical contraption is easy enough to build, even that kid from Iron Man 3 could do it. Probably.
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10:22PM on 01/16/2017
Hated all the other Spidey franchises, but I am looking forward to this one.
His brief stint in Civil War was stand out!
Hated all the other Spidey franchises, but I am looking forward to this one.
His brief stint in Civil War was stand out!
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6:51PM on 01/16/2017

Now they need the Fantastic Four rights just for the villains...

If they can get Fox to lapse on making a new Fantastic Four property, Marvel regains Dr Doom and Galactus. Screw the Fantastic Four, I want to see the Avengers take on some quality villains.
If they can get Fox to lapse on making a new Fantastic Four property, Marvel regains Dr Doom and Galactus. Screw the Fantastic Four, I want to see the Avengers take on some quality villains.
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5:53PM on 01/16/2017
He can't make web shooters but he can get bit by a RADIOACTIVE SPIDER and get recruited by a man in a IRON SUIT who is friends with a THUNDER GOD and a man who literally turns into a GREEN MONSTER....ya but he can't make web shooters.
He can't make web shooters but he can get bit by a RADIOACTIVE SPIDER and get recruited by a man in a IRON SUIT who is friends with a THUNDER GOD and a man who literally turns into a GREEN MONSTER....ya but he can't make web shooters.
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6:54PM on 01/16/2017
Yep, I stand by everything I said.

Thing is, there's a buy in for the character (like any fictional, especially superheroic, character), and they're already stretching it with the radioactive spider bit. I'd argue that what makes Spider-Man stand out is that he's - for the most part - just a normal teen, dealing with normal teen (or young adult) problems, and the X-factor we have to buy into is him surviving a radioactive spider bite and getting super powers.

Because being a super
Yep, I stand by everything I said.

Thing is, there's a buy in for the character (like any fictional, especially superheroic, character), and they're already stretching it with the radioactive spider bit. I'd argue that what makes Spider-Man stand out is that he's - for the most part - just a normal teen, dealing with normal teen (or young adult) problems, and the X-factor we have to buy into is him surviving a radioactive spider bite and getting super powers.

Because being a super genius with somehow having access to technologies even MILITARIES don't have is not connected to that initial x-factor, and breaks suspension of disbelief (especially the access to materials part). Iron Man and Thor are not connected to Spider-Man's origin, so they are irrelevant to the problem (if anything Stark helps the believability of the fictional world by showing off more super-science in it.)

Also Peter being a smart nerd is fine, even above average. But Stark and Reed Richards (other super scientists in the Marvel Universe) are DEFINED by their intelligence - it's their particular burden and it isolates them. That's not, or at least shouldn't be, Spider-Man's issues (and also that's a fairly recent development anyway)
4:35PM on 01/16/2017

Keaton's next role is flying squirrel

Guy just loves to play animals that can fly. Can't wait for sinister 6 though, Sony has been wanting them for ages. They better not kill Keaton off.
Guy just loves to play animals that can fly. Can't wait for sinister 6 though, Sony has been wanting them for ages. They better not kill Keaton off.
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2:56PM on 01/16/2017
He's the part I'm looking forward to most in Homecoming; him and seeing Downey Jr's Stark making an appearance as well. Hopefully Keaton won't be a one and done villain considering how great of an actor he is and because I want to see him involved in the sinister six.
He's the part I'm looking forward to most in Homecoming; him and seeing Downey Jr's Stark making an appearance as well. Hopefully Keaton won't be a one and done villain considering how great of an actor he is and because I want to see him involved in the sinister six.
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3:37PM on 01/16/2017
I worry about Stark's inclusion (if it'll clutter things), but I'm hopeful.
I worry about Stark's inclusion (if it'll clutter things), but I'm hopeful.
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