After months of speculation, it was finally confirmed last November that Academy Award nominated actor Michael Keaton would join the MCU as the Vulture in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Up to that point, no one had seen any photos of Keaton on set, let alone any footage of the villain. The only official look at the character was in the form of this concept art released last year during SDCC. It wasn’t until the release of the first two trailers for the film last month that we finally got a brief glimpse at the Vulture in action, and it was enough to get us excited to see more of Keaton’s performance as the film’s big bad. Keaton has been fairly quiet about his role in the movie for the most part, keeping details about his elusive character under wraps prior to the film’s release, but he recently commented on the nature of his character and whether or not audiences would be able to sympathize with the Vulture.
“Not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t [sympathetic], that character,” said Keaton. “He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, ‘You know what? I might see his point.’ Really, really. It makes it interesting to play”
One of the gripes that some fans had with previous Spider-Man films was the fact that many of Spidey’s onscreen adversaries were too sympathetic. Sometimes, fans just want a villain they can love to hate, and it seems like that’s the approach Keaton has taken with the Vulture. Keaton clarifies that while his character is empathetic and we can see his point, we won’t necessarily sympathize with his motives. This seems to be a departure from prior versions of the character, most notably the version seen in the animated series the Spectacular Spider-Man. In the show, Norman Osborn stole Adrian Toomes’ Techflight technology when Toomes attempted to sell it to Oscorp, driving him to become the Vulture and take his vengeance on Osborn. It was an attempt to make the character more sympathetic to viewers, and it gave the character more depth than in the comics. In the original comic book stories, Toomes wasn’t given much motivation at all other than to get rich quick by robbing banks, museums, and the like. So in this version, it seems like director Jon Watts and Mr. Keaton are delving deeper into the character to create an villain with more depth, which is something the MCU could definitely use more of.
Are you excited to see Michael Keaton suit up as the Vulture? Do you prefer sympathetic villains, or do you love to hate supervillains? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: Flickering Myth