When it comes to the casting of their Phase Three films, Marvel has really outdone themselves. Not only did they manage to score the likes of Cate Blanchett (Hela in Thor: Ragnarok), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia in Black Panther), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange), but they also managed to land Michael Keaton as the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Keaton’s casting, which was a bit of a roller coaster ride as he originally dropped out of talks before signing on officially, was easily one of the most surprising. Not only because had the actor recently starred in Birdman, but because he never really seemed interested in getting back into the super hero genre after his turn as Batman. Yet, here we are, with Keaton set to star as Spidey villain, the Vulture, in the latest Spider-Man reboot.

So what’s it like for Keaton going back to the comic book world this time around? During a recent interview with the folks over at Empire magazine, the actor expressed his excitement, while also explaining that he wasn’t entirely familiar with the source material.

“It’s extraordinary,” Keaton said. “You’re talking to a guy who basically knows nothing about the lore of that world. But my friend has two girls who are fascinated by superheroes. One in particular is way into them. I’m not kidding. I asked her about Spider-Man and she told me the movies I need to watch.”

Given that Keaton has already appeared as Batman, was he hesitant to join Homecoming? According to the actor, no. He even goes on to praise Spidey himself, Tom Holland, as well as Marvel.

“Not really. I think it’s going to be cool and I’m really looking forward to it. Tom Holland is a wonderful actor and, I’ve got to say, from the early conversations I’ve had with Marvel, they’re really serious about how they approach their stuff.”

With an impressive cast, and an interesting take on Vulture, Spider-Man: Homecoming is proving to be an exciting part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe already. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the latest set photos that just hit earlier tonight. And you can check out Spider-Man: Homecoming when it hits movie theaters on July 7th, 2017.

Source: Comic Book Movie (via Empire Magazine).