Michael Keaton has lived long enough to see himself as a villain, at least on the big screen. Ahead of the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming the actor talked about his new Marvel character, Adriane Toomes a.k.a. Vulture, and why he enjoyed playing the role of a baddie more than a hero.
Keaton’s MCU Villain
Keaton is no stranger to superhero movies: he was the Dark Knight in the 1989 Batman and Batman Returns in 1992. Next week will see his return to comic book movies as Adrian Toomes, the first villain that Peter Parker will face as the new hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But, despite his experience playing a hero on the big screen, Keaton has agreed to play the role of a villain because the character was very well-written. While doing press rounds for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Academy Award-nominated actor has nothing but praises for the upcoming movie.
“I thought it was a really unique approach and kind of obvious when you think of it, to make this person someone who is approachable and has a legitimate gripe and a legitimate argument,” the 65-year-old described his character (via CBR). “I thought it was really well written to simplify things.”
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Keaton is Adrian Toomes, a blue-collar worker who was forced to the criminal world when his company went out of business. His story is definitely something familiar and many could relate to. From the looks of it, Keaton’s villain might be among the very few from Marvel who are not disappointing nor forgettable.
From Hero To Villain
Of course, Keaton was asked to compare the experience of playing a hero and a villain. He admitted that he enjoyed channeling his dark side on the big screen, but finds both Batman and Vulture really interesting.
“Its cliché, but it kind of tends to be often true that you want to delve into the dark side,” he explained. “Usually because the reality is the lead or hero, sometimes by the nature of the piece, has to be — not one dimensional, but has to represent a thing very strongly whereas the supporting actors or character actors often are more dimensional.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming Early Reviews
Meanwhile, Keaton’s new movie is already making waves on the Internet. Early reviews of the first Spider-Man movie under the MCU are mostly positive. Some even claim that it is on par with Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.
And because people will ask, Spider-Man: Homecoming is EASILY the best Spider-Man movie since Spider-Man 2. Close to Raimi's original.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) June 24, 2017
— Joshadook-dook-DOOK (@JoshuaYehl) June 24, 2017
Spider-Man 2 was released in 2004 and starred Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco with Alfred Molina as the popular comic book villain Dr. Octavius. The movie made around $784 million at the global box office and is considered to be one of the best comic book movies of all time. It even won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and received five trophies from the Saturn Awards.
Holland is the third actor to assume the mantel of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the past ten years. That said, Marvel and Sony tried to make the movie a little different from its predecessor by following the friendly neighborhood web-slinger in his younger years.
In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker comes back from his bout with the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War and struggles to settle back into his ordinary high school life.
The movie also features the appearances of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. It stars Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, Zendaya and Donald Glover. Directed by Jon Watts, the movie will open in the U.S. on July 7.