Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Vulture Originally Had A Different Backstory

This post contains SPOILERS for Spider-Man: Homecoming


Spider-Man: Homecoming's main villain, the Vulture, also known as Adrian Toomes, is dubbed as one of the more fleshed-out villains the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, but film screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley has recently revealed that there was a different version of the character during the early stages of the movie's development. The character, brilliantly played by Michael Keaton is an illegal Avengers battle scene scavenger who uses what scraps of materials he collected to create and sell the high-powered weapons in the black market.

Aside from being just your typical bad guy, Homecoming was able to craft Toomes in a way that his motivations are justified. His reason for striving in the criminal underworld is because he ultimately wants to provide for his family and nothing more. So when Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) suddenly derails his plans, he was more than willing to take him out just so he could operate his business without any glitch.

Goldstein and Daley have revealed to Yahoo! Movies their reason for taking some creative liberties when it comes to the Vulture's on-screen iteration. The character is significantly different from his comic book counterpart in a lot of aspects - from his flight suit all the way to his principles:

“Once we started talking about Vulture, it was clear that the version in the comics wouldn't do, where he was this bald old man. It just never felt terribly scary on film to us. So we thought, 'All right, let's make him more of a middle-aged guy.’”

Daley furthered that following their decision to give the villain a fresh origins story, they initially wanted him to be a mentor-type to Peter before they both realize each other's alter-ego:

“He was still stealing from Damage Control, but we had a different way into it. [Toomes] was going to be [Peter's] teacher, and then we were like, 'No, let's separate him fully from the school --- or at least so it seems.' And that's I think when we decided to make it the love interest's dad."

Obviously, while the final Homecoming cut was able to isolate Toomes from Midtown High School, he apparently still had connections to the school which came via the film's biggest shocker. As it turns out, the villain is the doting father of Liz (Laure Harrier), Peter's crush - an unexpected twist that gave the movie's climactic third act a new dynamic than just the typical good guy vs. bad guy battle.

Despite the fact that Keaton is only locked in for one film in the MCU, Spider-Man: Homecoming's ending leaves the door open in case Keaton is tapped to be back to reprise his role as the Vulture  Maybe not immediately in the film's 2019 sequel but possibly down the line with the notion of a Sinister Six project being floated around.

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Source: Yahoo! Movies

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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