In 2017, Marvel Studios chose to reboot the Spider-Man franchise once again. This time it’s young Tom Holland who steps into the Spider-Man costume. He must face one of his worst enemies: the Vulture. But in fact, why did you specifically choose this antagonist?
Spider-Man – Homecoming : third saga
After the Sam Raimi trilogy and the two films worn by Andrew Garfield, Marvel Studios and Sony are teaming up to bring fans a third Spider-Man Saga. For the occasion, they choose Jon Watts to direct Spider-Man: Homecoming and young Tom Holland to don the Weaver’s costume. The film thus allows to introduce Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This third contemporary version of the weaver seduces fans and the press. On the box office side, the feature film brings in more than $ 880 million in revenue.
Why the Vulture?
To face Peter Parker, Jon Watts chose a villain well known to comic book readers. Indeed, the filmmaker stages the Vulture to confront Spidey. For the occasion, it is the actor Michael Keaton who is selected to bring the character to the screen. Corn the choice of the Vulture is not trivial. Upon the film’s release, Jon Watts explained to Comicbook the reasons that led him to take the Vulture as the main antagonist:
We wanted to go back to the origins of what makes Spider-Man and Peter Parker so unique. And that’s why we insisted on the idea that it is about a kid. He is in high school in a completely crazy universe. He also has to keep a secret, which a lot of other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe don’t have to do. The Vulture is the first supervillain Spider-Man fights in the second book “Amazing Spider-Man” after the Chameleon, so it seemed like the right thing to do, go back to his roots that way.
In addition to this tribute to comics, Vulture’s Choice is a response to Sam Raimi’s failed fourth film. Indeed, initially, Sam Raimi was to stage a Spider-Man 4 who would have seen the appearance of the Vulture as Peter Parker’s main enemy. Actor John Malkovich was even supposed to play the character. But the film never happened, and Marvel Studios decided to recycle the idea.
Obviously, the production of Spider-Man: Homecoming made sure to modernize the Vulture to make it look more modern. In particular via the aesthetics of his costume as recounted by Eric Hauserman Carroll, one of the producers of the film:
In the comics, the Vulture traditionally wore a very cartoonish costume with wings similar to those of a bird. So we chose to take a step back and study other flying characters to differentiate it and make it scarier and more dangerous. We looked at the Falcon, which is another flying character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But unlike him, the Vulture does not just pass a backpack with wings sticking out. The wingspan of his costume reaches nearly 11 meters. It’s more like a mini spacecraft, airplane wings it fits into, than a jetpack, jetpack, or a pair of wings that slip on.
The Vulture in the comics
In the comics, Adrian Toomes, aka the Vulture, was invented in 1963 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. An electronics engineer, he quickly finds himself ruined when his unscrupulous partner betrays him and takes control of his business. In revenge, Toomes uses one of his latest inventions: a flying electromagnetic harness. Galvanized by his new abilities, Adrian Toomes quickly becomes a professional criminal and takes the pseudonym of Vulture.
A recurring enemy of Spider-Man, the Vulture has had many adventures. He was notably a member of the Sinister Six Many times. He also had terminal cancer which made him change his character, thus seeking a form of redemption from his former victims. The Vulture then seized the Rejuvenator, a device that absorbs the youth of others. He used it to fight his cancer. Lately, the Vulture reappeared alongside one of his oldest associates: Electro.
In the MCU, the character will soon reappear. It is not yet known if Michael Keaton will be in the cast of Spider-Man: No Way Home. But we already know that he will appear in Morbius, in theaters on January 19, 2022. A meaningful connection which therefore confirms that Sony’s Marvel universe and the MCU are evolving in a common universe …
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