Now that production is in (forgive the pun) full swing on Spider-Man: Homecoming, the casting announcements have moved from slow trickle to avalanche. The cast seems to grow larger by the day as Marvel releases the names of actors joining the ranks of the first MCU backed Spider-Man film. Just yesterday, it was announced that Michael Mando would be joining Abraham Attah, Hannibal Burress, Martin Starr, Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, and Michael Keaton in Tom Holland’s first solo outing as the famous web-slinger.
Given that it’s a day that ends in Y, it’s almost fitting that yet another name was announced today to the ever-growing roster of actors set to bring Peter Parker into the MCU fold.
THR is confirming that Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) has been cast in the upcoming film, which is being directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car). Though Marvel is so far remaining mum on who the actor will be portraying, Woodbine is said to be joining Keaton and Marshall-Green as an antagonist for Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
While Woodbine brings with him some remarkable chops, news of another villain may spark a few flashbacks for nervous Spider-Man fans, many of whom still have bad memories of movies like Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, both which suffered from an overstuffed roster of villains, keeping each movie from reaching their potential.
Despite being touted as a villain, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Spidey will be set against a trio of major baddies when he crawls his way back into theaters next year. This late stage announcement, if anything, should be seen as indication that Woodbine will be playing a secondary villain to Keaton’s main antagonist, popularly rumored to be The Vulture. This could mean anything from henchman to the film’s big bad, to a minor villain that Spider-Man faces early on in his larger journey against The Vulture (or whoever it is that Keaton is playing).
Still, any bad taste that may still be lingering in the mouths of fans is largely overshadowed by the excitement in knowing that Spider-Man is finally being introduced into the MCU. His initial appearance in Captain America: Civil War was seen as a film stealing moment that only whetted the appetites of fans for what was to come as Marvel begins to control the direction of the character as they see fit.
That alone represents a coup for Marvel Studios, who for years had to contend with Sony having full control of the character’s cinematic appearances, which existed outside of the MCU. That Marvel and Sony were able to come to an agreement allowing Marvel to retain some of the controlling rights to the character is indicative of the success they’ve had as a film studio, where they’ve gone from upstart newcomers to billion-dollar empire in just eight short years.
For now, all we can really do is, well, marvel at the fact that so many talented actors are coming on board. Woodbine is in good company, and he’s certain to hold his own amidst the sea of talent that is now working to bring Spider-Man to life in a way that’s fitting for the character and pleasing to fans. There’s sure to be more information coming soon about who Woodbine is portraying, and we’ll of course keep you updated on that, and all Spider-Man: Homecoming news as it develops.
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.