The star-studded Marvel Cinematic Universe just lost a major A-list actor. Despite early negotiations, it turns out that Academy Award-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) will not be joining the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Variety reported last week that Keaton was in early talks to join the film in a villainous role. However, these plans have apparently fallen through, and Keaton won't be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe any time soon.
After many thought that Keaton would eventually join the cast, Borys Kit of the Hollywood Reporter tweeted the following:
It turns out that while Keaton was offered the role, the negotiations never got further than that. Looks like Birdman won't meet Spider-Man after all.
After his highly-anticipated appearance in this Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man Homecoming is set to introduce the webslinger to the MCU. While plot details are still being kept under wraps, the film will reportedly put a greater focus on Spidey's school life. Vacation screenwriter John Francis Daley will be penning the screenplay and Cop Car director John Watts is signed on to direct.
Tom Holland is set to reprise his role as Peter Parker, and the supporting cast includes Tony Revolori (Dope), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), and Academy Award-winner Marissa Tomei as Aunt May. Robert Downey Jr. is even reprising his role as Iron Man. Unfortunately, Michael Keaton won't be one of these supporting players.
Keaton previously played Batman in Tim Burton's film adaptations, and he would have joined a long list of actors like Ben Affleck and Ryan Reynolds to have roles in both DC and Marvel movies.
The role that was offered to Keaton is currently unknown, and his replacement has yet to be named. Nevertheless, Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for release on July 7, 2017. Until then, you can catch Spider-Man's first MCU appearance on May 6, 2017 when Captain America: Civil War officially hits theaters.