The first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has now dropped and there’s a lot in there to unpack. Central is the dominating presence of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) trying to keep his new ward out of danger and the impact the events of Captain America: Civil War had on Peter Parker’s mundane every-day life. However, there’s also a lot of high school banter in the Homecoming trailer, as well as a brief apperance from Marisa Tomei, looking even less like your typical Aunt May.
In amongst all that is some of the wider plot and, crucially, the main villain in Homecoming: Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture. Not much has been known about how Keaton’s (evil) Birdman will work into the film, though Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland recently described Vulture’s introduction as “terrifying.” The Homecoming trailer wasn’t heavy on Vulture goodness, but we did get a good look at his live-action costume, which boasts some pretty snazzy features.
You can check out one such screenshot of Vulture’s suit and mechanical wings from the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, below:
The most immediately striking thing is that, unlike the classic version from the world of Marvel comics where Toomes wears a green, skin-tight suit with feather-style wings, this Vulture wingsuit in Spider-Man: Homecoming is more mechanical. The eyes are still green (on a helmet, which we’ll get to in a minute) in a nod to the original design from the comics, but everything else is a more industrial grey (possibly done to distinguish the character from fellow Spider-Man villain Green Goblin). It’s also considerably larger, with a much larger wingspan than even the more stylized comic book iterations. This could be part of a conscious effort made to make the Vulture design distinct from Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as his military wing-suit could be modded to look like a Vulture variant.
The biggest singular diversion from what fans are used to is the introduction of a mask for Keaton’s Vulture. Inheritors of Toomes’ role have occasionally had some form of headwear in the comic books, but most takes on the man himself choose to go with the striking sight of a bald man to highlight the character’s age. That might look a bit too goofy in live-action, hence the change for Homecoming (it also means Keaton doesn’t need to shave his head) – and the helmet is a suitably menacing alternative.
The chosen mask is part of a wider a military style to the Vulture costume; it looks very much like a modified pilot’s helmet, which along with the trademark ruff effect beiachievedved by Toomes wearing a bomber jacket could point to this Vulture’s origins. The character or suit presumably has some link to the Air Force judging by the suit’s design, suggesting this could even be an unused military prototype. That’s very typical Spidey villain (again, think Green Goblin’s suit); more pertinently, this would further make a distinction from Falcon necessary (there’s a similar backstory in terms of supersuits there).
Like Spider-Man’s new suit, which has a host of technological advancements care of Tony Stark, there’s some pretty nifty advancements of the original Vulture design in there too. His wings are actually in two parts, with the traditional spread (presumably for gliding) accompanied by fold-out rotors that provide him with thrust and deft balance. That’s a logical upgrade that really helps the suspension of disbelief. Toomes also has proper talons – metal claws that, based on concept art, wrap around his boots, making him an even more dangerous aerial threat.
There’s no sign in the trailer if his “feathers” will double as weapons – either razor sharp blades or projectiles – which has been the case in various non-classic iterations (there may be too much of an Angel in X-Men: Apocalypse parallel there for Marvel Studios’ liking). One weapon we do see him using in the Homecoming trailer is a purple laser similar to the one used by the bank robbers from the start of the trailer, which appeared to be of Chitauri origins (although that doesn’t look to be related directly to the suit).
It may have some new Marvel Cinematic Universe inflections, but Homecoming‘s Vulture suit is very in the spirit of the villain’s comic book origins and promises a worthy antagonist for Tom Holland’s young Spider-Man. Good thing he’s got those web wings, right?