Mark Hamill recently revealed that he was interested in playing the role of the Vulture a.k.a. Adrian Toomes, the main villain of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The part, which was played exceptionally well by Michael Keaton, is the primary antagonist to Tom Holland’s current iteration of the web-slinging superhero in his first standalone movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Being the second reboot of Spider-Man in the last 15 years, there was a lot riding on Homecoming‘s shoulders in terms of the future of the character in the MCU, as well as, the business partnership between Marvel and Sony Pictures. Fortunately, the Jon Watts film was an official financial and critical success with reviews citing Holland and Keaton’s performances as two of the movie’s brightest spots. Keaton’s Vulture is regarded as one of the best villains in any Marvel films and that says a lot because while the franchise generally enjoys great reviews, it has a recurring problem when it comes to having half-baked antagonists.
Appearing at this year’s D23 Expo festivities in Anaheim, California, Hamill, who plays the legendary Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, talked to Rotten Tomatoes and revealed that he was eyeing the role of the Vulture to the point that he hoped that Keaton would not take the gig. While it is difficult to gauge whether the actor was joking or not, it was interesting that he was actually up-to-date with what’s happening with the other mega-franchise under the Disney umbrella – MCU:
“I don’t want to jeopardize any potential roles I might have in a future Marvel film. I had my fingers crossed that Michael Keaton would turn down the Vulture but darn it. There’s not a lot of villainous roles for senior citizens so I had my eyes on the Vulture.”
Answering the original question, Hamill said that he has nothing but love towards Marvel and comic book properties. Adding that deciding who would win in a fight between the Jedi and the Avengers could be probably be determined by a mere coin flip:
“I love all that stuff. I’m a comic book nerd and you know, who knows what would happen. It would probably depend on a flip of a coin because they [Disney] own both franchises.”
Hamill is no stranger to comic book gigs – albeit playing a character on the other side of the fence of Marvel in DC’s supervillain, the Joker. He was the voice of Batman’s arch nemesis in several animated series like The New Batman Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series. He has also brought the character to life in a few video games with his last outing in 2015’s Batman’s Arkham Night.
That said, being Luke Skywalker isn’t too shabby either, and it’s probably okay for Hamill to miss the opportunity playing the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The role is arguably one of the most memorable characters in cinema history and the space opera is touted as one of the best film franchises ever. Hamill debuted the role in 1977 original Star Wars film – spawning multiple generations of fans in the last four decades. The actor is set to step back in the galaxy far far away later this year in Rian Johnson’s much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
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