Volume 5, Issue 16!
There was a lot of news that hit during last week’s CinemaCon, the annual event where studios show off the movies they have planned for the year to major theater owners and press. From the premiere of Captain America: Civil War to the announcement that we’ll be getting a solo Ben Affleck Batman movie, there were a lot of great things announced at the show. But it all paled in comparison to the news regarding my favorite wall-crawler, who’s finally making his big MCU debut in Civil War, and will get a new solo movie under the care of Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.
First off, we’ve got the newly revealed title for the film…..and honestly, it’s not great. While Spider-Man: Homecoming is a great dig at the fact that Spider-Man is now in the Marvel fold after Sony’s botched attempt at creating an Avengers-level franchise with Amazing Spider-Man 2, the fact that we still don’t have a Spidey movie with the word “Spectacular” in front of it is still bothersome to me. At the same time though, Homecoming really drives home the fact that Peter Parker will be back in high school again, something that I don’t think needs to be explicitly said (plus that logo font is pretty bad).
But on the good side of Homecoming news, we’ve got some rumors over the possible villain/villains that will be appearing in the film. According to movie site BirthMoviesDeath, we’ll be seeing none other than Adrian Toomes, The Vulture, making his cinematic debut in Homecoming. Vulture is a character that could work REALLY well on the big screen, and if this rumor ends up being true, we’re in for some awesome visuals with Spidey taking on Vulture high above New York City.
But who will play The Vulture? Well, that brings us to the OTHER rumor regarding Homecoming. According to multiple outlets, none other than Michael Keaton is rumored to finalizing a deal to play “a villain” in Homecoming. Some are saying it’s for Vulture. Some are saying it’s for Norman Osborn. Some are even saying that it’s for J. Jonah Jameson (he is technically a Spider-Man villain, after all). Whoever he ends up playing, the fact that an actor of Keaton’s caliber is being courted for this movie shows that both Sony and Marvel Studios are very keen on making sure this is a Spider-Man movie that matters (personally I’m hoping for Keaton as Osborn).
It’s well documented that I’m 100% on board with this movie no matter what they do. I’ve wanted Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first Avengers movie. While the title of this new film is a little lame, and yeah, it’s a bummer that there’s another reboot for Spider-Man coming in less than ten years, I honestly feel like this is going to be the best version of the character we’ve seen on the big screen, and including him in the MCU will lead to great things for both Spidey and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.