After the Avengers disassembled in #CaptainAmericaCivilWar, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers went their separate ways. But Stark and newcomer Peter Parker had become close during the events, with Stark even even giving Peter an upgraded suit.
It's lucky for Peter that he now has such a high-tech mentor and benefactor, because he'll need all the help he can get when he takes on one of his most powerful foes in the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
#MichaelKeaton will be portraying the villain in Spidey’s solo film and damn, does he look terrifying. But while there have been some notable villains in the MCU, such as, of course, Loki, they've been few and far between. Villains in the MCU tend to be either short-lived, underutilized, or both.
Marvel’s CEO Kevin Feige has made it known why their villains don’t get the love as much as their heroes. It makes sense to follow the heroes since that’s what the films are all about, the heroes journey. In Feige’s defense, the system has worked. But there should be a better balance between the hero and the villain. Keaton’s Vulture has the chance to change that. Here's why.
Vulture Could Be Fleshed Out In The Way Raimi's Spider-Man Villains Were
Say what you will about the Sony-Marvel deal for Spider-Man, but Sony still has the upper hand when it comes to utilizing their villains. Sure, the story has to fit within the framework of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t mean the characters have to be used the same way. In the #SamRaimi trilogy by Sony, the villains have had their fare share of screen-time. All of the major villains including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and the Sandman all had proper backstories. Their character development was spot on as Raimi gave us tremendous villains.
Jon Watts, director of #SpiderManHomecoming now has a chance to at least model what Sam Raimi did with his trilogy. It was a formula that clearly worked and one that could be successful in the MCU. Michael Keaton has a chance to become that unforgettable villain who is now listed as Spidey's first villain in this cinematic universe.
Vulture’s Grounded Motivations
One big thing we learned based on this trailer is who the Vulture and his cronies used to work for; Stark. In the trailer, it’s hinted at that they were once a part of Damage Control, or, at least, a company in competition before Stark started DC. #DamageControl was an organization established in the comics that would help clean up the mess left by the heroes after a major battle.
Adrian Toomes voices his displeasure at being pushed out in the trailer, blaming the rich and the powerful like Stark for the position in which he and his former colleagues currently find themselves. Toomes feels as though they were cast aside, the little guys who were never truly given proper chances and can't compete against the ultra-powerful Tony Starks of the world.
One line Toomes says to Peter carries a deeper meaning:
“I want you to understand that I’ll do anything to protect my family. I know you know what I'm talking about.”
Clearly, he doesn’t think of himself like other villains. What kind of family is he referring to here? Perhaps he’s referencing all of his co-workers and other outcasts that weren’t successful like Tony Stark. Or, could he also be talking about an actual family that he has, complete with a wife and kids? We may not know the entire backstory to Vulture here, but this one line is enough to convince us that there’s much more to this villain than your typical bad guy.
The MCU Could And Should Develop The Sinister Six
Sony’s plans for a Drew Goddard-helmed #SinisterSix film got put on pause a few years ago. However, that doesn’t mean the villain team-up is completely out of the question. And it shouldn't be. Too often has the MCU's villains' storylines been based on one-and-done formulas. A famous actor is cast, the villain fights the hero, the hero beats the villain, and the villain dies at the very end. A proper Sinister Six movie, built up over time, would help counter that.
If Marvel and Sony wanted to set up a proper Sinister Six film, they should start with Keaton’s Vulture. An actor of Keaton’s caliber shouldn’t be wasted. And the movie sets the stage for other members of the villainous group to appear; Shocker, for example, will appear as well.
Though the Sinister Six have evolved over time with many different villains, Vulture was one of the founding members. I’m sure that Keaton’s Vulture will certainly lose at the hands of both #SpiderMan and Iron Man, but why kill him off? Why not put him in solitary confinement and save him for a future film, one that has him teaming up with other villains to take down Spider-Man? This concept was already set up at the end of Amazing Spider-Man 2; why not adapt it for the new Spider-Man franchise?
The Vulture Will Be Crucial Moving Forward
Aside from the possible formation of the Sinister Six, Keaton's Vulture clearly has the potential to become that groundbreaking villain the #MCU has sorely lacked. If Marvel can somehow hang onto this character in the long-run, then we could have something very special with the character's development. Marvel has wasted far too many villains. It's time for a change in direction.
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Those are my thoughts on how I believe Sony intends to use the Vulture. Do you agree? In what ways should Keaton’s Vulture be portrayed? Sound off in the comment section below!