‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Meet the Villains of the Movie
As Spider-Man: Homecoming gets closer and closer to its theatrical release, more details about the movie’s plotline — and specifically, its villains — have gradually started to surface. At this point, we know that Tom Holland‘s Spidey will be facing off against more than one bad guy in the upcoming hero flick. But who exactly will he be battling against?
From The Vulture as the primary antagonist to an appearance from The Tinkerer, it looks like the young web-slinger will have his work cut out for him. Below, check out a closer look at all the villains rumored to be showing up in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
1. The Vulture
After months of rumors, Marvel confirmed at this summer’s Comic-Con that Vulture will be appearing in the upcoming Spider-Man flick. Michael Keaton is set to play the villainous character, who made his comic book debut in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #2.
As comic fans know, Vulture was the second super villain who Spider-Man battled in the comic books, following his predecessor, the Chameleon. The character, originally known as Adrian Toomes, was a scientist who lost his job and decided to use his own project (a set of hi-tech wings that give its wearer the abilities of strength and flight) to seek revenge on his boss.
2. The Shocker
Rumors that Shocker will be involved in Spider-Man: Homecoming were seemingly confirmed after a call sheet and a series of on-set photos were leaked online. According to the still-unconfirmed speculation, Bokeem Woodbine will play Herman Schultz aka Shocker, a character co-created by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. and introduced in 1967’s The Amazing Spider-Man #46.
New Spider-Man Homecoming set photos show Bokeem Woodbine’s Shocker!!!! pic.twitter.com/6RQmAV98Ow
— Marvel__News (@Marvel__News) September 5, 2016
In the comics, Schultz is a longtime criminal who uses his brilliant talents as an inventor and engineer to build a pair of gauntlets that can create seismic vibrations. He wears a heavily padded costume in order to absorb the shocks, which can be seen in the leaked images above.
3. The Tinkerer
Phineas Mason aka the Tinkerer first appeared in 1963’s The Amazing Spider-Man #2. The obscure character is known for having genius abilities in engineering and is capable of inventing high-tech gadgets from nothing more than spare parts.
According to Deadline, Michael Chernus will portray the villain in the Spider-Man reboot. Though specific details of his role have not been released, it’s rumored that his character will aid Vulture and Shocker in creating their suits.
4. Other potential villains
As Variety reported in June, Logan Marshall-Green has also been cast to play a bad guy in the movie, although who exactly he’ll play remains a mystery. Since most of the casting reports for villainous roles have yet to be corroborated by Marvel, there’s still a chance he could play one of the aforementioned characters. Among the other possibilities? Many fans have suggested that he would be a good fit to play Norman Osborn, the father of Peter Parker’s one-time best friend and the eventual Green Goblin, Harry Osborn. As of now, that remains speculation.
In addition to the above villains, there’s also a chance that Peter Parker will find trouble even closer to home. According to a new report from Schmoes Know (via ComicBook.com), Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) will have a new love interest in the movie that Peter will not approve of. The character will reportedly act as a non-superpowered villain to Spider-Man.
As the site describes, “Whether or not the guy is actually bad or its just Peter’s prejudices clouding his judgment remains to be seen … ” If the report is accurate, could this be the role Marshall-Green is set to play in the movie? We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
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