Just one day after a site was claiming that Vincent D’Onofrio‘s Wilson Fisk would be making his way to Spider-Man: Homecoming, a rumor which we were iffy on prior to D’Onofrio debunking it, The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Michael Keaton is back as the villain. Yes, you read that correctly: back. If you’ll remember, it was originally reported back in April by the folks over at Variety that the actor was in early talks for the role, only to later pass on it. Well, now it appears that it’ll stick this time as the actor is closing a deal.
After initial talks stalled out, Keaton and Marvel Studios are in final negotiations for the Oscar-nominated actor to take on the villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Sony/Marvel’s initial overtures to Keaton didn’t get past the offer stage, insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter. The companies then moved on to other actors before circling back to Keaton.
Marvel and Sony are keeping plot and character details secret, and it’s unclear which Spidey villain Keaton will play.
When he was in early talks, we speculated that he could be portraying the Vulture, something that jives with the report the folks over at Jo Blo released earlier today. (It’s worth noting that Jo Blo is a reliable source when it comes to this stuff.) So, although Marvel and Sony are being quiet regarding the roles for this film, which is set to kick off production in late June, it’s more than likely Keaton is, in fact, playing the Vulture. (Yes, you may continue with your Birdman jokes.)
What’s perhaps most interesting, though, is what Justin Kroll of Variety added on to this news, hinting that Marvel had approached Matthew McConaughey for the villain after Keaton passed at first.
After falling out briefly, Marvel and Sony also met with a former TRUE DETECTIVE star for the role before going back to Keaton
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar)
Why is this interesting? As you’ll recall, McConaughey was linked to Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 earlier this year when it was revealed that he’d passed on a role. At this rate, it’s only a matter of time before Marvel manages to get him to join the MCU.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.