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A few weeks ago, JoBlo broke a story which confirmed one of the long-rumored Spidey villains in the Vulture, who would indeed be the primary antagonist in Spider-Man: Homecoming. However, he will not be alone, as JoBlo also stated that one of Spider-Man’s lesser-known villains would also be joining the Vulture. That villain is none other than the Terrible Tinkerer.

Who is the Terrible Tinkerer?

Before I get into why this particular villain is fit to be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, let’s first discuss who this villain really is.

The Terrible Tinkerer was first introduced in the second Amazing Spider-Man comic, entitled "The Uncanny Threat of the Terrible Tinkerer." The Tinkerer’s real name is Phineas Mason, who owns and operates a repair shop somewhere in downtown New York City. He is best known for fixing or "tinkering" with specific devices, which is where his name derives from.

In the story, Peter finds out that the Tinkerer has been communicating with an unknown alien race who plan on stealing military and scientific research by intercepting radio devices around the world. This could only be possible with the help of the Tinkerer, who is adept with different types of gadgets. Fortunately, Spider-Man is there to stop his progress — even though the Tinkerer gets away in the end.

Why He Should be in Spider-Man Homecoming

In some of the other comic book stories, the Tinkerer has repaired gadgets and machinery for villains such as the Grim Reaper, Mysterio, Kingpin, and yes, even the Vulture. JoBlo has also confirmed his purpose in Spider-Man: Homecoming, saying that the Tinkerer will be the one:

“Who will help him (Vulture) build his suit with recovered Chitauri tech from the Battle of New York.”

This makes a great deal of sense. We know that the Chitauri played a major role in the attack on New York City from the first Avengers movie. However, Peter hasn't become Spider-Man at that time, as we learned from Captain America: Civil War that he had only been Spider-Man for six months.

Avengers: Age of Ultron also shed some more light on the Chitauri, as Tony Stark came to find out that Baron von Strucker’s base housed one of the giant Chitauri Leviathans, which he was using for scientific experiments. It was at this base that Tony eventually snatched Loki’s scepter and thus created Ultron in the process.

Just a few months ago, Robert Downey Jr. was also confirmed to be joining Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming. It also makes sense to have Tony in this film since he’s dealt with Chitauri technology before. Perhaps Stark can lend a hand to Peter, helping him to defeat the threat posed by the Vulture and the Tinkerer.

Since the Tinkerer will now be in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there’s no telling what he was able to steal from the Chitauri. But whatever it was, it can’t be good. The Tinkerer may not have a lot of screen time in the film, but it looks like he will play a very important role in helping to craft Vulture’s flight suit.

Final Thoughts

It will be interesting to see what the Tinkerer comes up with when he creates this suit for the Vulture. It would be nice to see a B-rated villain actually get a chance to shine. No he’s not one of Spidey’s more popular villains, but he’s certainly given the wallcrawler a tough time over the years.

We will get our chance to see the Terrible Tinkerer in action when we see Tom Holland get his first MCU Spider-Man film in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Will the Peter and Tony prevail over the scientific genius of the Tinkerer and the Vulture? I guess we’ll have to find out!

So what are your thoughts on the Tinkerer? What role do you think he’ll play in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Who would you cast to play him? Let me know what you think in the comment section below and please don’t forget to share!

Sources:, JoBlo, and Variety.


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