First he was in talks, then he wasn’t – now Deadline is reporting that Michael Keaton and Marvel/Sony have closed the deal and Keaton will be putting on the green wings.
Michael Keaton, who in April was in early talks for a villainous role in the Sony-Marvel collaboration/reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming before falling out, is back in the mix again and we’ve been told his deal has closed. He apparently set to play iconic Spider-Man villain The Vulture and joins newly minted Spider-Man Tom Holland along with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. who are also confirmed.
The Vulture’s first encounter with Spider-Man happens to be the in-universe reason Peter Parker got his most famous day job, freelance photographer for tabloid paper The Daily Bugle — Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson offered a reward to anyone who could get a picture of The Vulture. Further, The Vulture has long been tied to The Sinister Six, a supervillain team introduced in 1964 that was comprised of several enemies Spidey had consistently defeated. That means a potentially big role for Keaton within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadline isn’t a clickbait site; it’s an actual industry news site. So we give this one a lot of cred, but we’ll still wait until we hear from Marvel/Sony.
Hat tip to our very own Ashley!
EDIT: Another Hat Tip to Crawlspacer Mr_Fig, who commented on this thread to alert us to a tweet by Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts which shows a gif of a celebrating Keaton, which basically backs up Deadline’s reporting.
— Jon Watts (@jnwtts) May 20, 2016