The Vulture "Has a Bone to Pick" with Iron Man in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Plus a New Photo!
Some intriguing new details have surfaced regarding Michael Keaton's The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming along with a new photo, thanks to USA Today. Earlier we got a brief new trailer tease announcing a new trailer that will be released tomorrow. While you wait for that, Director Jon Watts and Keaton talk about The Vulture.
Talking about the villain, Watts explains that he wanted to show off a different dynamic of the MCU and give us some insight into what it's like for someone to be a regular guy in a world full of powerful heroes. He explains:
“My whole approach for this movie is that we’ve seen the penthouse level of the (Marvel) universe. We’ve seen what it’s like to be a billionaire inventor and to be a Norse god. We’ve seen the very top of this world. But we’ve never seen what it’s like to be just a regular joe.”
“Some people see themselves as victims — he sees himself a little bit like that. He probably would have a strong argument that he never got a fair shot — a lot of ‘Why not me? Where’s mine?’”
It's revealed that The Vulture, a.k.a. Adrian Toomes, runs a New York salvaging company in the movie. That salvaging company cleans up the messes left behind after the big superhero battles that take place in the MCU. He ends up getting a little pissed off at Tony Stark after a new government organization he founded steps in to take over after an altercation.
According to co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll, Toomes “has a bone to pick” with Stark and "sort of becomes the dark Tony Stark" in the process. It's explained that Toomes and his crew, which includes Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Tinkerer (Michael Chernus), use scavenged alien artifacts and stolen advanced tech to put together weaponry to sell to other criminals.
Watts goes on to say that “this neat junk from all the other movies. It’s a really great starting point for the villains to have the Vulture picking over the stuff and finding the valuable exotic elements and having the Tinkerer assemble into something that could be used.”
According to Carroll, Toomes feels that "once he has this money and power, he'll have more control of his life." Of course, we all know that money and power don't fix problems.
The director of the film went on to reveal that his inspiration of Vulture's “ground-level perspective” came from John C. Reilly's character in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. He's just a normal guy that gets caught up in a crazy big life or death adventure. Watts explains:
“I like the idea that in these huge movies, you pick out one extra and you’re like, ‘What does he think of all this?’ Sometimes these movies are so casual about just destroying whole cities and incredible things happen and everyone’s like, ‘Eh, whatever.’ If that really happened, it would be amazing and change everything.”
I love the direction that they are taking The Vulture in the MCU, and I think it's going to pay off big, especially with Keaton playing the role!