Despite the film’s release still being over a year away, the casting updates for Marvel Studios’ hotly anticipated MCU entry Spider-Man: Homecoming have been arriving one after the other as of late. Previously announced names include Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Hannibal Buress, and Disney Channel star Zendaya on the project, alongside Tom Holland as Peter Parker himself, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.
The latest addition to the ever growing line-up of actors and actresses populating Spider-Man’s New York City may be recognizable to TV fans.
THR is reporting Michael Mando, a Canadian actor who has mostly plied his trade on the small-screen up to this point, has joined Spider-Man: Homecoming. Mando is most likely to be recognized for his recent supporting work on hit AMC spin-off Better Call Saul. Mando plays Nacho Varga, a chop shop worker and member of Tuco Salamanca’s criminal gang. Unlike the average low-level gangster, Nacho has big dreams and the smarts to possibly make them a reality. Nacho began as a potential threat to both Jimmy “Saul” McGill and retired cop turned mercenary Mike Ehrmentraut, but eventually went on to establish a reluctant business relationship with both. Mando also played Sarah’s abusive ex-boyfriend Vic on BBC America’s Orphan Black.
As is usual for Marvel casting announcements, no details have been provided as to who exactly Mando will be playing, or what extent his character will figure into the plot of Homecoming. Considering Mando’s history of being cast as criminals and other violent villains, it’s not hard to imagine him playing a similar role in the MCU. Then again, it’s certainly possible that Marvel will opt to play Mando against type and have him operate on the good side of the law for a change. The possibilities are basically wide open at the moment, but since it’s been established that Homecoming won’t be yet another theatrical Spider-Man origin story, fans at least won’t have to worry about him playing the thug that kills Uncle Ben.
Ever since the MCU first took off as a cinematic powerhouse, fans have yearned for the day when Spider-Man would come home to Marvel, and escape the arguably misguided clutches of Sony. Next summer, that day finally comes, with perhaps the best screen Spider-Man ever to boot – at least if one asks Stan Lee. While he may not end up being a huge part of the final film, Mando is certainly another great addition to a supporting cast practically bursting with talent for Holland’s teenage wall-crawler to play off of.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.