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Robert Downey Jr. in, Michael Keaton out for Spider-Man: Homecoming

04.21.2016

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You can count Iron Man in to be among the first superheroes to pay a visit to Spider-Man's corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. Robert Downey Jr. has agreed to appear in Spidey's reboot-on-the-fly for 2017, proving to fans that the web-slinger is not being kept at arm's length from the rest of the MCU, but being brought right smack into the middle of things where he belongs. 

Under the terms of Sony and Marvel's agreement on Spider-Man, it was believed that fellow Marvel characters would have the ability to cross over into Spider-Man's solo films... but RDJ is the first to put pen to contract and make it official. To what extent he'll appear in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is unknown, which should come as no surprise given very little is know about the film. However, given the dynamic Downey and new Spidey star Tom Holland share in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, everyone would have been crazy to try not to get more of that for HOMECOMING.

Unfortunately, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING was dealt a blow to its overall coolness at the same time, with Michael Keaton now out of discussions to join the film. Keaton's name popped up not too long ago, believed to be director Jon Watt's choice to play Vulture in the new film - an idea that definitely struck a chord with fans who were overjoyed at the idea of the former Batman taking on a villainous role in the MCU. But a deal could not be struck and now both parties are moving on, leaving HOMECOMING to still find the right fit for its villain. That's certainly a bummer, but the way things go sometimes.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING lands in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Source: Deadline

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10:21AM on 04/22/2016
How about Peter McRobbie from THE VISIT and DAREDEVIL for Vulture?
How about Peter McRobbie from THE VISIT and DAREDEVIL for Vulture?
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2:20AM on 04/22/2016
Aaaaaaand now I'm back to not giving a shit about this project.
Aaaaaaand now I'm back to not giving a shit about this project.
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2:34AM on 04/22/2016
From the early reviews, Tom Holland is apparently an excellent Spider-Man, with many saying they finally got him right. One person I heard said that he had no complaint and he can't see why anyone wouldn't be satisfied with this portrayal. That to me is enough reason to stay interested in this project.
From the early reviews, Tom Holland is apparently an excellent Spider-Man, with many saying they finally got him right. One person I heard said that he had no complaint and he can't see why anyone wouldn't be satisfied with this portrayal. That to me is enough reason to stay interested in this project.
11:22PM on 04/21/2016
Keaton was always my fantasy casting for The Mandarin.
Keaton was always my fantasy casting for The Mandarin.
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10:42PM on 04/21/2016

Soooo...

Cap die in civil war ! Haha pretty much confirm that...
Cap die in civil war ! Haha pretty much confirm that...
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2:30AM on 04/22/2016
How does this article confirm that? Without knowing any spoilers, it would appear that Spider-Man is on Tony Stark's side in Civil War, so it would make sense that Downey Jr would make an appearance in his solo movie. Why would Captain America be in it? There is nothing here that indicates Steve Rogers dies, so are you just one of those people who likes to try to spoil movies just to annoy others?
How does this article confirm that? Without knowing any spoilers, it would appear that Spider-Man is on Tony Stark's side in Civil War, so it would make sense that Downey Jr would make an appearance in his solo movie. Why would Captain America be in it? There is nothing here that indicates Steve Rogers dies, so are you just one of those people who likes to try to spoil movies just to annoy others?
10:48AM on 04/22/2016
Soooo....if you read the Civil War comic storyline and if the cinematic U takes that part of the comic...then yes...Cap dies (if the MCU follows that part of the comics, but we know MCU tend to do things different)
Soooo....if you read the Civil War comic storyline and if the cinematic U takes that part of the comic...then yes...Cap dies (if the MCU follows that part of the comics, but we know MCU tend to do things different)
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9:19PM on 04/21/2016

They couldn't afford Keaton after RDJ signed on

True story. Sony hired RDJ and dropped Keaton because it was a one or the other situation. I dont think they are going Vulture either. Word on the street is the kid from Grand Budapest Hotel is playing Peters rival Amadeus Cho who eventually steals the Iron Spider Stark Tech. Cho does this because TASKMASTER basically tells him to. I REALLY think TASKMASTER is the villain in this movie. Vulture might be in the movie in some extent but if they are following the Cho/Iron Spider story, we need it
True story. Sony hired RDJ and dropped Keaton because it was a one or the other situation. I dont think they are going Vulture either. Word on the street is the kid from Grand Budapest Hotel is playing Peters rival Amadeus Cho who eventually steals the Iron Spider Stark Tech. Cho does this because TASKMASTER basically tells him to. I REALLY think TASKMASTER is the villain in this movie. Vulture might be in the movie in some extent but if they are following the Cho/Iron Spider story, we need it done right.
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10:31PM on 04/21/2016
Wait. A Guatemalan is supposed to play a Korean American named Amadeus Cho?That's even crazier than having a Guatemalan playing an ancient Egyptian mutant.
Wait. A Guatemalan is supposed to play a Korean American named Amadeus Cho?That's even crazier than having a Guatemalan playing an ancient Egyptian mutant.
6:04PM on 04/21/2016
Really disappointed that Keaton is out, but it'll be great to see Downey show up as Stark. The more appearances out of him throughout the MCU, the better.
Really disappointed that Keaton is out, but it'll be great to see Downey show up as Stark. The more appearances out of him throughout the MCU, the better.
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4:16PM on 04/21/2016
Will Stark retrofit his bedroom so that the walls can be reversed and suddenly there's all kinds of computer gadgetry and flat screen monitors on show? May be Parker can get a dog called Ms. Lion and Fox can lend them Bobby and Angelica for a movie or two.

Bad luck on Keaton... may be he fears Sony's input too :o)
Will Stark retrofit his bedroom so that the walls can be reversed and suddenly there's all kinds of computer gadgetry and flat screen monitors on show? May be Parker can get a dog called Ms. Lion and Fox can lend them Bobby and Angelica for a movie or two.

Bad luck on Keaton... may be he fears Sony's input too :o)
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4:00PM on 04/21/2016
Do we know for a fact that Keaton was up for the villain role? With JK Simmons jumping into the DCEU, I kind of thought that Keaton would make a good J. Jonah Jameson. But either way, guess we'll never know.

I guess it's cool that RDJ will be showing up. I think at this point he's more or less being primed to be the new defacto Nick Fury role in Phase 4. Still having a presence in the MCU, but not the focal point any longer.
Do we know for a fact that Keaton was up for the villain role? With JK Simmons jumping into the DCEU, I kind of thought that Keaton would make a good J. Jonah Jameson. But either way, guess we'll never know.

I guess it's cool that RDJ will be showing up. I think at this point he's more or less being primed to be the new defacto Nick Fury role in Phase 4. Still having a presence in the MCU, but not the focal point any longer.
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8:43PM on 04/21/2016
I would have loved to have seen him play a slow burn Norman Osbourne considering his past successful past playing crazy/unhinged characters. Would have been perfect for the duality of Osborne/Green Goblin.

And since Simmons is out, I'd love to see Hugh Laurie take on the role of J Jonah Jameson.
I would have loved to have seen him play a slow burn Norman Osbourne considering his past successful past playing crazy/unhinged characters. Would have been perfect for the duality of Osborne/Green Goblin.

And since Simmons is out, I'd love to see Hugh Laurie take on the role of J Jonah Jameson.
3:46PM on 04/21/2016
Hah!! I bet the main reason Keaton opted out was because RDJ probably took 50% of his potential paycheck. Either way, it's cool that they will feature Iron Man in the movie in some fashion.
Hah!! I bet the main reason Keaton opted out was because RDJ probably took 50% of his potential paycheck. Either way, it's cool that they will feature Iron Man in the movie in some fashion.
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