Even though he’s only been seen in brief previews, it feels good to have Spider-Man back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and woven back into studio head Kevin Feige’s masterplan. The next phase of Spider-Man will attempt to make fans forget about the Amazing Spider-Man franchise as they welcome Spidey back into the MCU. Feige has already suggested that some familiar faces from the MCU might pop in for a visit with everyone’s favorite wall crawler. The Spider-Man reboot has also been confirmed to be a a joint effort between Marvel and Sony and will not be yet another rehash of the Peter Parker origin story.
What we know already: Tom Holland is set to slide into Parker’s web-slingers, with Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei playing Aunt May, and Zendaya playing a “significant role,” (some rumors suggest Felicia Hardy/Black Cat). But one key question still remains: Which Marvel archenemy (or archenemies) is set to antagonize Spidey?
According to Birth.Movies.Death‘s sources at CinemaCon, the upcoming film will feature the fearsome wings of the Vulture. The source also reportedly reiterated the official title – Spider-Man: Homecoming – which may be officially revealed during Sony’s slate update later today. At this point, though, the source wasn’t sure to the extent of the Vulture’s role in the film. He may be the primary foe, a supplemental villain, or merely have a bit part.
Some fans may recall that during the Sam Raimi-era, the Vulture (who would’ve been portrayed by John Malkovich, no less) was set to be the main baddie for Spider-Man 4 – with Anne Hathaway as a possible Vulturess. Unfortunately, Spider-Man 3 became the end of that leg of the franchise, and Sony said goodbye to Toby Maguire and Raimi. After the reboots took over, Vulture was teased in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, only to give wings to false hope when that franchise collapsed.
Rumored to adapt the Homecoming comic book story arc, the next round of Spider-Man (whose speculative titles include The Spectacular Spider Man, Spider-Man: The New Avenger, and now-frontrunner Spider-Man: Homecoming) features fan faves like Cap (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), as well as The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Their presence in the comic books lend further credence to the Feige’s cameo teasers. Feige initially indicated that the Spidey standalone’s primary antagonist won’t have any prior MCU screen time.
The original Homecoming storyline included a whole host of villains, though in addition to the Vulture. If the new film is going to be a John Hughesian superhero epic, as Feige describes it, the Homecoming plot definitely fits the bill. If so, Adrian Toombs may merely be one of several villains, including Black Cat, Green Goblin, and Doc Octopus, who could menace the young hero. No matter how the story shakes out, it’s exciting to have the Vulture, one of the Sinister Six, likely playing a role in the ever-unspooling web of the Spider-Man reboot.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.