If there is one thing that has been lacking in almost every Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, it has been relatable and compelling villains. So far, only Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has been universally praised, but even he has been treated with more of an anti-hero approach. Red Skull is another who left an impression, but his status within the universe has been left in limbo ever since and he is absolutely not relatable. For every other villain, the’ve been underserved and borderline nonsensical.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is looking to take help to fix Marvel’s villain problem. In order to do this, Sony and Marvel have put aside some of Spidey’s more popular and powerful villains for a man who is simply down on his luck and doing his best to change that. Adrian Toomes a.k.a. Vulture (Michael Keaton) will be the thorn in Peter’s side for his first solo adventure, and we can help give a more clear picture for why he is doing what he is.
Screen Rant’s Rob Keyes visited the set of Homecoming last August in Atlanta and spoke to a number of people involved, including co-producer Eric Carroll who we asked about Vulture’s motives. As it turns out, he doesn’t have some grand villainous scheme to take over the world. He just wants a chance to be somebody and thinks this is the best way to do so after being screwed over.
Is there any sense of what Vulture’s ultimate plan is? Does he want to take over the world?
Eric Carroll: No, no. He is a businessman with a family. He wants to look out for who his kids. He’s got sort of a Tony Soprano mentality. He doesn’t have these big delusions of grandeur where he wants to take over the world, or replace the government, or even defeat the Avengers or anything. He just wants to… he wants his shot at the good life, and he thinks it’s not fair that someone like Tony Stark can make a fortune selling weapons and find the light, turn away from that, and be looked upon as a hero and then even worse, help found – as you’ll see – he gets paid to clean up the mess. … So he’s one of those guys. ‘I’m doing some shady stuff, but I’m not really hurting anyone,’ you know?
Do you meet his family?
Eric Carroll: Yeah, you do!
This approach to Vulture should be welcomed by many after seeing a mixture in quality for past villains. Vulture could be the most relatable villain to debut in the MCU so far. As explained by Carroll, Toomes is strictly doing what he deems necessary to provide for his family and his crew, and expose the corrupt nature of the world’s most famous and beloved Avenger – Iron Man.
As shown in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, Stark is trying to further boost his public image by founding Damage Control. By doing so, he is not only becoming famous for causing this destruction and being praised in doing so, but he will also be profiting off this damage as his newest company cleans up the streets, which just so happened to be what Toomes did for his day job. With all this considered, it is easier to understand why this would be the option he takes to get his shot at the good life.
If these motives were not reason enough to root for the Vulture, this will also be the first time a villain’s family is brought into the picture. This will hopefully provide another layer to the character and possibly even shows just how much time will be dedicated to developing him. After all, everyone knows who Spider-Man is, but if Homecoming can actually make Vulture relatable, then their clash will be even more gripping for viewers.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. Directed by Jon Watts. Produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
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