One of the most talked about aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the lack of memorable villains. Loki aside, it's fair to say that Marvel have had far more success with the villains on their Netflix shows or Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. than on the big screen. As the acclaimed studio look to turn this around in 2017, Michael Keaton's portrayal of Adrian Toomes in Spider-Man: Homecoming has been met with universal praise. Many fans cite the sympathetic nature of his character as one of the key factors in this success - but Keaton wasn't the only actor who wanted the role.
In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, #MarkHamill spoke of his desire to play the Marvel villain.
Hamill is already hugely popular among comic book fans, having played the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and many times since. In fact, many would argue that his portrayal is the definitive version of the DC character. He's also played James Jesse a.k.a. The Trickster in both the '90s adaptation and the current adaptation of #TheFlash, and voiced the Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. So, it's safe to say that Hamill has a place in the hearts of comic book fans and would have been a welcome addition to the Homecoming cast.
#MichaelKeaton might have been the first choice to play The Vulture, but there were doubts about whether he would be available to accept Disney's offer. When he was first given the part, he had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts with The Founder. However, after a change in scheduling he was able to accept the role - and the rest is history.
Birds That Flew The Nest: The Many Actors Who Almost Played The Vulture
Homecoming wasn't the first #SpiderMan film that considered using The Vulture as Spidey's main villain. In fact, he was first written as a potential big bad for Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 before Avi Arad convinced him to use Venom. During the early stages of production, discussions took place with Ben Kingsley to take on the role. Although this wasn't meant to be, Kingsley ultimately went on to become The Mandarin in Marvel's Iron Man 3.
The Vulture was also mooted as a villain for the ill-fated Spider-Man 4, with discussions taking place with John Malkovitch to take on the role. However, the film never made it to theaters, as Sony opted to reboot the franchise instead.
Will Mark Hamill Ever Join The MCU?
Mark Hamill clearly wants to be a part of the MCU, and it's safe to say that he's in very good standing with Disney. So, although the Vulture is already taken, perhaps he'd be suitable as another antagonist, such as Norman Osborn or Otto Octavius. These have both been successfully portrayed on the big screen before, but Hamill would surely provide a unique take on either character.
Although Michael Keaton was an excellent Vulture, there's definitely still space for Mark Hamill in the #MCU. He might have missed out on this particular role, but his peculiar brand of villainy would be a welcome addition to the universe.
Which villain do you think Hamill should play? Let me know in the comments!