USA Today has an article up today speaking with Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts, co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll and Michael Keaton, who plays Adrian Toomes/the Vulture.
There are some potentially minor spoilers below so here’s your Spider-Trigger Warning.
Co-producer Carroll went into more detail about the Vulture. For Spider-fans enjoying Spider-Man becoming a satellite hero (maybe even a sidekick) for Tony Stark and his stories, there’s a great nugget:
Toomes “has a bone to pick” with Iron Man’s high-profile alter ego, says co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll, and “sort of becomes the dark Tony Stark”: He and his crew — including the Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus) — use scavenged alien artifacts and stolen advanced tech to put together amazing weaponry to sell to other criminals. “He thinks once he has this money and power, he’ll have more control of his life,” Carroll adds. However, it doesn’t take too long before they get on the radar of their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Keaton goes into a bit more detail:
“Some people see themselves as victims — he sees himself a little bit like that,” Keaton says of Toomes. “He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot — a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?’”
So Toomes’ problems are with Tony Stark, and he becomes “dark Tony Stark.” Director Watts spoke about the Vulture and revealed his M.O. – he picks through things looking for the valuable stuff. Like a scavenger.
Plus, with his new baddie Watts gets to use “this neat junk from all the other movies,” he says. “It’s a really great starting point for the villains to have the Vulture picking over the stuff and finding the valuable exotic elements and having the Tinkerer assemble into something that could be used.”
Some of you may remember the endless barrage of teasers, trailers, trailers for teasers, teasers for trailers, trailers for trailers and teasers for teasers leading up to Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony looks to be returning to form, today releasing a seven second teaser for a second Homecoming trailer arriving tomorrow.
The teaser (posted below) shows some sort of small robot which may or may not be a Spider-Tracer (no word yet on who creates it, Peter or Stark) and then a blink and you miss it moment of fighting between Spidey and the Vulture.
Hat tip to Mohammed Jaafar!