CBMB: Spider-Man: Homecoming is ‘Suiting’ Up for Production
By Muuka Muyumba
I don’t know what it is about today, but news stories about Spider-Man: Homecoming have been bouncing around the internet all day. A few stories from more reputable sources, and some from a few scurrilous sites of less-known repute. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man/Peter Parker is making a big splash in the now-billion dollar Captain America: Civil War, and stands to reason that many news sites are eager to get early word on any scoops coming out of his solo film.
The first ‘scoop’ is from The Hollywood Reporter who says that Michael Keaton is reportedly back in talks with Marvel to play the lead villain in Homecoming. The Oscar-nominated actor had initially emerged as the leading candidate for the role back in March, shortly after the film’s title was announced. However, Keaton reportedly balked at being in another superhero franchise, but THR reports that Marvel never made it to the offer stage as Keaton was one of a few vying for the role, and now Keaton is in negotiations for the role.
What role you ask? The folks at JoBlo are reporting that Homecoming’s main villain will be The Vulture, and will be aided in building his mechanical bird suit by another classic Spidey rogue, The Tinkerer.
JoBlo is also reporting that Spidey will be fighting The Vulture and The Tinkerer in a new suit. This isn’t news to those who troll the fan sites, but JoBlo suggests that along with the new Stark suit from Civil War, Spidey will have another classic touch: his old web wings. We haven’t seen these yet in the previous film versions of the hero, but Marvel appears to be taking Spider-Man back to basics in terms of his costuming.
Finally, I noted a story about the possible inclusion of Vincent D’Onfrio’s Wilson Fisk character from Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix series. Now, this is from that less-reputable site, so take it with a grain of salt mainly because of the ever-widening rift between Marvel’s TV and film studios. The difference in tone of the projects is also a more aesthetic reason for the Spidey and the Kingpin not to meet.
The Kingpin and Spider-Man have had several run-ins with each other in the comics, cartoons and even in video games, so it is no stretch for him to be included in Homecoming to any extent. The Kingpin actually made his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #50 — Spider-Man No More! and was a creation of Stan Lee and John Romita in 1967.
Despite the questionable nature of the sources on this story, D’Onfrio is a very close friend, and former co-star of Homecoming star Robert Downey, Jr. who gave him advice about the Marvel Cinematic Universe upon initially taking the role. D’Onfrio has also worked with Marisa Tomei who plays Peter’s Aunt May on the great independent love story Happy Accidents. So let’s just say that D’Onfrio has several connections to this world beyond the obvious comic book entanglements.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is due in theaters on July 7 2017, and will be directed by Jon Watts with a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. The film will star Holland as our friendly-neighborhood-hero, Tomei as Aunt May, Downey as mentor Iron Man/Tony Stark, as well as Spidey-friends Tony Revolori as Manuel, and Zendaya as Michelle.