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New Details on Vulture’s Role in ‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’

April 4, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Michael Keaton plays Toomes aka The Vulture in Marvel’s highly anticipated SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. But what exactly is his role in the film? Well, he’s a blue-collar guy working man who, in the aftermath of 2012’s The Avengers, was set to start the clean up of the Battle of New York.

Producer Eric Carroll said:

“He is a businessman with a family and he wants to look out for him and his. He has a Tony Soprano mentality, he doesn’t have these big delusions of grandeur where he wants to take over the world or replace the government or even defeat The Avengers or anything, he just wants his shot at the good life.”

Keaton also spoke about his role too, saying:

“He is somewhat of a victim. He takes things in that he feels like a victim, and some of it is justified actually. He believes that there’s an upper echelon of society of people who are getting away with a lot and have everything. And there’s a whole lot of folks who are working hard, and don’t have much. Does that sound familiar? To anybody, given the political climate? Which I think is an interesting way to go about this.”

This is exactly where Toomes’ path changes. Before he starts cleaning up the debris, the Department of Damage Control intervenes and tells him that his help isn’t needed.

Carroll said:

“He thinks it’s not fair that someone like Tony Stark can make a fortune selling weapons and find the light, turn away from that and be looked upon as a hero, and then even worse help found the DoDC and get paid to help clean up the messes he makes. He’s like ‘It’s rigged man!’ He’s one of those guys.”

What does he? Toomes decides to engage in to the life of crime. He and his team steal some Chitauri technology from the ruins of New York and build his wing suit.

Carroll said:

“One of the things when we landed on the Vulture being the bad guy, we wanted to make sure it wasn’t just evil Falcon, or another guy with a backpack with wings on it. So we felt one of the cool ways to do that was to make this more of a vehicle than a costume. This thing is something like 32 to 36 feet wide. It’s a small plane. It’s not a backpack he puts on and wings pop out. It’s a thing that rests on a gantry that he has to step and clip into, and it is massive.”

Once the technology is created and liking the game, they keep on going, finding more technology from these Avenger-centric battles, stealing right from DoDC. After Thor fighting Malekith in London? Toomes steals Dark Elf technology. After the battle with Ultron in Sakovia? Toomes found something to take. Even after the fight with Crossbones in Civil War was picked apart by Toomes and this leads to the creation of another villain, The Shocker.

Carroll reveals:

“That gauntlet, you’ll recognize from the beginning of CIVIL WAR, it’s what Crossbones is using to kick the sh*t of Cap in that prologue. They scavenged it from the battle in Lagos and made a couple of upgrades, so that it’s not a pneumatic punch machine, it also delivers a pretty hefty jolt when it connects as well…”

Keaton also went into more detail about Toomes’ relationship with his crew, which includes another Spider-Man villain by Logan Marshall-Green.

“They are just his boys, you know? I really like the relationship with the Tinkerer-with Michael [Chernus’s] character– it’s great. He’s real funny, so we goof around a lot and make up very, very funny backstories. They’re funny, but when you think, ‘Well, that’s probably their relationship. They probably get on each other’s nerves sometimes.’ I have a lot of the ideas and then I just say, ‘Go make that. Go make that for me. I want to have a thing that does all this stuff. Just go make that stuff for me.’ And he’s great. I’m having a lot of fun in that relationship.”

Based on all those details, this makes Vulture unique and can be a villain that standalone from other Spider-Man villains seen in previous movies.

Director Jon Watts said:

“I like the idea you could have someone who becomes a villain and they’re also a regular person. It’s just a grounded take on where someone like that could come from and where the other people that are a part of it come from, and just trying to root it in something that is believable, so it’s not just this arch-villain plot that comes out of nowhere.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.


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