ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at Creators.co
Staff Writer, Superheroes, Star Wars and such. Bad jokes aplenty. Can be gently prodded on Twitter at @kitsb1
Kit Simpson Browne

Now, of all the #MarvelCinematicUniverse's open secrets that are currently hiding in plain sight, there's perhaps none quite so widely known as the fact that #MichaelKeaton will be playing #TheVulture in #Marvel's upcoming #SpiderManHomecoming. It has, after all, been rumored so heavily in recent months that official confirmation has long seemed to be merely a formality — with an announcement presumably waiting only on the dotting of i's and crossing of t's in some tangential contract negotiation somewhere.

If that was indeed once the case, though, then it seems that everything has now been finalized, since...

Michael Keaton's Role As The Vulture In Spider-Man: Homecoming Has Finally Been Confirmed

[Spotlight/Open Road]
[Spotlight/Open Road]

As #MarvelStudios head honcho #KevinFeige recently put it during an interview with the Toronto Sun, having been asked about the villains in Marvel's upcoming movies:

"We’ve had a wish list, and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in 'Thor: Ragnarok.' Michael Keaton’s Vulture in 'Spider-Man [Homecoming]' is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos (in 'Avengers: Infinity War'). We’re looking forward to that very much,"

Which, it seems, now means that Keaton stands alongside #CateBlanchett and #JoshBrolin as an officially announced member of the MCU — and that The Vulture is definitely #SpiderMan's next Big Bad.

[Marvel Comics]
[Marvel Comics]

Now, of course, since we already pretty much knew that, this isn't technically the biggest news in the world, but it is pretty darned important all the same. After all, before Feige's comments, there was always the possibility that Marvel was pulling the ol' bait and switch on us, and that Keaton was secretly playing another villain entirely (with perennial Spider-nemesis Norman Osborn the most obvious candidate). Now, though, that seems far less likely, finally giving Vulture fans the world over something concrete to celebrate.

And now? Now we'll just have to wait and see whether Keaton's flying skills have improved since #Birdman:

What do you think, though? Will Keaton make a great Vulture, or would you rather he be playing someone else? Let us know below!

[Toronto Sun]