(WARNING: The following contains mild potential plot SPOILERS for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, albeit ones that are likely more tonal than anything else. Proceed with whatever level of caution your spider-sense suggests is wise, all the same.)
Now, if there's any actor out there who knows how to turn a winged creature-themed superhuman into a complicated hero, it's surely #SpiderManHomecoming's #MichaelKeaton. Keaton has, after all, played both the ever-iconic Batman and the indie darling #Birdman, making his upcoming role as #TheVulture all the more intriguing. The only problem? #TheVulture isn't a hero at all, but rather Spider-Man: Homecoming's lead villain.
That, though, doesn't seem to have halted the actor's thus far exemplary acting instincts when it comes to playing emotionally challenging winged heroes, since:
Michael Keaton Thinks 'Spider-Man: Homecoming's Vulture Isn't A Bad Guy
Or, at least, Keaton seems to think that the character isn't all bad. That, at any rate, was the general gist of his recent comments during an interview with Variety. Discussing the fact that it's been a while since he has played a truly villainous role, Keaton noted that he is, in fact, about to turn heel in a movie. But to say that The Vulture is a straightforward "bad guy" might not be quite accurate. As Keaton himself put it:
"Yeah, Vulture, recently. But not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t, that character. He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, 'You know what? I might see his point.' Really, really. It makes it interesting to play."
Which, while not exactly a ringing endorsement of The Vulture's potentially benevolent intentions, would certainly seem to suggest that Keaton's take on the classic #SpiderMan villain isn't going to be all that, well, villainous. Is it possible that we'll instead see a morally compromised yet well-meaning version of the villain — or is Keaton simply doing his due diligence, and finding something decent about the role to hold on to? We'll find out on July 7, 2017.
What do you think, though? Will Keaton's Vulture actually be a decent dude, or is he going to go full bad guy? Let us know below!
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