Before the trailer even dropped for it, there has been so much hype for Marvel's newest movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. But now that the trailer has dropped, the hype has just grown exponentially. If you haven't seen it yet, you can check it out down below:
This trailer has shown us so much that we had yet to had seen, like any of Peter's friends, or even his street-level crime fighting. And boy, did they deliver.
One thing that it also delivered was our first look at the villain of the movie, the #Vulture, played by Oscar-Nominated actor Michael Keaton. And of what we saw of him, he was actually quite menacing. There is a line that he even says towards the end of the trailer that really defines what kind of character he is set to be:
"Don't mess with me. 'Cause I will kill you, and everybody you love."
Now, of course, that is some thing that every villain has said time and time again — that they are going to kill the hero, as well as their loved ones — but the way he says it is what really delivers the fear. He just says it in a deep, slow, menacing voice. If that doesn't show you how dangerous he could be, the fact that Tony Stark is trying to stop #SpiderMan from going after him (simply because he is too dangerous) should tell you what kind of a threat that Spidey is going to be dealing with. Now, with that being said, there is one big question that comes out of this trailer:
Where Will Vulture Stand Among The Other Spider-Man Villains We've Already Seen?
We already know that the current Spider-Man movies have given us both great and terrible villains. You have your original Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, and then you got your Electro and Rhino. It is also important to note that the #Marvel Cinematic Universe has never really had a good track record with their previous villains (besides Loki and possibly Mordo). So with this movie, it is really important to consider where could his placement be along with all of these other rogues.
When looking at where he could fit in terms of quality of the villain, we can already determine where he could surpass some villains. Right off the bat, we know that he already looks ten times better than any of the villains from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which were Electro, Rhino, and Green Goblin.
All three of these villains were awful in their own way. Electro had potential, but ended up being a disappointment. Harry Osborne's Green Goblin felt rather forced, as if they did his whole character arc in re-shoots and didn't have time for any quality to be put into it. Then you have the Rhino, who was just absolute garbage. There was no reason for him to be put in that movie whatsoever. And yet, they did put him in it. So regardless of how the movie turns out, there is no doubt that the Vulture will be better than these flops.
Up next, you have the mediocre villains, most of whom came from Spider-Man 3. Those villains were Sandman, Venom, and the New Goblin,a.k.a. Harry Osborn. The other mediocre Spider-Man villain that wasn't in Spider-Man 3 was the Lizard, who was in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Now it is not that these villains were terrible, they just were not as good as some of the other ones. In fact, Venom and the new Goblin were the worst of the four, while Sandman and Lizard were not as bad. Now, is it possible that Vulture could end up in this group of mediocre villains? With the MCU's track record there is definitely a chance. However, knowing the quality of their movies, I would like to think that Marvel will strive to be better.
The last group of villains are the best and most iconic. They are the original Green Goblin, and Doctor Octopus. Both are from the Sam Raimi trilogy of Spider-Man movies. However, Green Goblin was from Spider-Man, and Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2.
These two villains right here have been the benchmark when it comes to Spidery's supervillains. You have Willem Dafoe as probably the best Green Goblin we will ever see, and then you have Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, who was so good that fans have demanded that he come back and reprise his role in the future. Out of all of the villains that have been in Spider-Man movies, these two are without a doubt the best ones. None of the other villains even come close to being as good as these two are. So is it possible that Michael Keaton can produce a role so good that it puts him in the same league as these two? Of course, almost anything is possible, but the chances of that actually happening are highly unlikely.
In The End
It should also be noted that Spider-Man: Homecoming will also be featuring appearances from two other villains, Shocker and Tinkerer. However, they will most likely be minor fodder villains for Spider-Man to take on. If anything, they will be just like what Batroc and Crossbones were in both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. This means that there is the slight probability that they could be simply placed in the mediocre level of villains. But as long as they wouldn't overshadow Vulture, that would be fine. That's just the way it might have to be before Marvel really starts delivering on the quality of their villains. All it takes are baby steps to get there in the first place.
So what did you think? Do you think that Vulture could be a good villain? Do you agree with the placements of these villains are? Should there be a villain put in a different spot? Let me know your thoughts down below!