Major SPOILERS from Spider-Man: Homecoming follow…
Spider Man: Homecoming is the sixth big-screen adaptation for our favorite wall-crawler. After his break-through debut in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland continues to impress in his first solo outing as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. In the movie, Peter faces a real test as he has to battle a slew of villains, including the fearsome Vulture. Michael Keaton brings a lot to the table as the iconic character, delivering a committed performance to create arguably one of the best MCU villains.
While Marvel's villain problem is well-known, the studio may be turning the tide. The #MCU has many forgettable villains, including Whiplash, Malekith, Ronan the Accuser, Darren Cross, and the Mandarin. Adrian Toomes now bolsters Marvel's short list of well-developed movie villains such as the Red Skull, Loki, and Ego the Living Planet. Here are a few reasons why he is in the upper echelon of Marvel baddies.
His Own Business Is Taken Over By ‘Damage Control’
The opening scene in the movie takes audiences back to the debris leftover after the massive battle that had taken place in New York City. The Chitauri invasion had finally been halted but someone has to help clean up the city. In comes Adrian Toomes and his salvage company to save the day. Toomes and his team were contracted by the city to clean up the massive debris, or so he thought…
As Toomes is preparing to clean-up the mess left over by the Avengers, Tony Stark’s representatives want to shut his business down and take over. The business that Stark implements is #DamageControl. Toomes makes it known that he's contracted to handle this job and feels unappreciated for his hard work. It doesn’t seem right for his business to be shut down. After all, he’s just a hard-working American running a successful business. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have many options and is forced to close shop.
He Has A Grudge Against Stark Industries
Thanks to #TonyStark, Damage Control is no more. Toomes must now take matters into his own hands and does so by salvaging the technology that was found left over from the Chitauri invasion. Toomes looks to sell this tech on the black market and finds a few takers to do his dirty work. These weapons are then used to steal money from banks and other locations. Toomes even creates himself some nice armor which resembles a giant Vulture suit.
The end of the movie shows him going after more Stark technology, however #PeterParker has other ideas. #SpiderMan proves he’s up to the task by confronting him one last time and takes care of business.
He Has A Family
One major aspect that makes Keaton’s #Vulture one of Marvel’s better villains is his connection to Peter’s high school crush, Liz. When a villain has ties to his own family, it makes the villain that much more relatable.
At one point in his life, Toomes was a working class man who did all he could to take good care of his own family. Now that he's wealthy, his access to the black market and weaponry seems to be getting to his head. He isn't a part of the American working-class that he claims to be a part of any longer. Toomes is no longer honest with himself and has been living a lie for quite a while.
He Doesn’t Die
This may not seem like a big deal, but as far as the entire MCU is concerned this is a pretty big deal. As touched on earlier, Marvel doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to memorable villains. Part of the reason is that they don’t keep them around long enough to further develop them.
Vulture is a different animal (or bird) here, as the conclusion of the film shows Spider-Man saving Toomes out of the rubble of the crashed plane. This is crucial as keeping him around may lead to one of the best villain team-ups in comic book history; the Sinister Six.
He Won’t Reveal Peter’s Identity
Peter could have easily given his identity away to the large press that had been impatiently waiting at the new Avengers headquarters, but chose not to. The same thing goes for Adrian Toomes at the conclusion of the film.
In the first end credit scene, we see Toomes walking around in a prison as he meets up with a man named Mac Gargan. Gargan as comic book fans know eventually becomes one of Spider-Man’s fearless foes named the Scorpion. Even if you didn’t recognize the name, his scorpion tattoo should have given this away.
When confronted by Gargan as to the real identity of Spider-Man, Toomes refuses to acknowledge that he knows who it is. Toomes states; “If I knew who he was, he’d already be dead.” Fans have speculated whether he’s doing this out of sheer respect for the character, or because he wants to enact his own revenge against the wall-crawler.
Either way, Toomes could have certainly told every criminal in New York but he chose not to (at least for now). Toomes already thanked Peter for saving his daughter Liz and Peter even saves his life at the very end. It’s hard to say what Toomes’s plan truly is but it looks as though the wheels are turning for a future team-up of the Sinister Six.
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