While some fans are of the opinion that the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming revealed too much about the structure of the film, one of the more secretive aspects leading up to its July 7th release has been the identity of a few select cast members. Up to this point, we still don’t know the identities of several characters, including Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine, and Logan Marshall-Green‘s roles in the film. While there’s definitely speculation about who most of these guys will be playing, we don’t have any official confirmation. We have known for about a year now that Michael Chernus will be playing the Phineas Mason/the Tinkerer however, but we haven’t gotten an official look at his character until now. Thanks to Empire Magazine, the first official image of the Tinkerer has been released. Check it out below:
Okay, so first off, he doesn’t have much of a costume, but that’s nothing new. For those of you who are unaware, the Tinkerer has never really looked like a mad scientist in a classical sense like you’d probably assume. In the comics, he never really even wore so much as a lab coat, just his normal street clothes, usually wearing his glasses on his head. Since this is a new, blue collar version of the character, this costume makes sense. He’s wearing coveralls (literally with a blue collar), and a brown jacket, and he has what appear to be goggles on his head, which is about as in line with the comics as this kind of thing can get.
We’ve also known for a while that Mason would be one of Toomes’ right hand men, most likely working under him at the same salvage company. We also know that early on in the film, Toomes’ company will be put out of business at the hands of Damage Control, Tony Stark’s personal cleanup crew, shortly after the events of the Avengers. This understandably pisses off Toomes and his crew, who then go on their own crusade to salvage some rare and dangerous technology from the MCU in order to weaponize it. Eric Carroll, one of the co-producers of Homecoming, sat down with Empire to specify exactly what kind of tech Toomes and his crew get their hands on, and it’s pretty interesting:
“So with one of the trucks they’ve already loaded up, he and his crew, with the help of a character called The Tinkerer, start stealing more of this exotic tech – Chitauri, Dark Elf, and even some Stark stuff – to retro-fit and sell on the black market.”
We’ve assumed for some time that Chitauri tech would play an important role in the film, especially given the purple energy blasts we say out of some of the guns in the first trailer. We also speculated that Toomes could’ve salvaged some of Stark’s tech as well, but it’s good to get some official confirmation. What’s arguably most interesting to note is the fact that Toomes and Company have gotten their hands on Dark Elf technology. That means that in the five years since the Battle of New York, Toomes’ crew has been busy. Thor’s battle with Malekith in Thor: the Dark World took place in London, his crew has gone to great lengths in order to get their hands on some of these weapons. Now, exactly what kind of Dark Elf tech they’ve salvages remains to be seen. They did have some handheld guns that they used in the film:
Aside from that, we’re not exactly sure what kind of tech they’ve gotten their hands on, or how they’ve weaponized them. We do know that they’ve most likely used the Chitauri technology in the creation of some guns, and we also know that they’ve used Crossbones’ gauntlets as the base for Shocker’s gloves. Other than that, it’s anybody’s guess.
Also, if that image of Tinkerer wasn’t enough for you, Empire Magazine just released the cover of their latest issue and it features none other than our friendly neighborhood web slinger.
Have any groundbreaking theories on how Toomes and his crew have weaponized some of this technology? Sound off in the comments below!
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for release on July 7, 2017.