Spider-Man: Homecoming is just over a year away. This highly anticipated Spider-Man flick will be the first one to star Tom Holland, who has thus far proven himself to be the best Peter Parker yet, in the eyes of countless fans.
After his appearance in Captain America: Civil War, fans, including myself, are thrilled to see how this younger Peter Parker will develop during the next several years in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He brings a lot of promise with him and it will be fun to watch him interact with other Marvel characters like Tony Stark.
In the last month, new reports and rumors have surfaced about Spider-Man: Homecoming. The most exciting report is that the villain will supposedly be Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. Vulture, the elderly, winged Spider-Man villain that was originally intended to be the primary antagonist of Spider-Man 4 before it was cancelled.
The big rumor is that Toomes will be portrayed by former Batman actor, Michael Keaton. Whether this rumor will turn out to be true remains to be seen, but we can hope.
Regardless of whether or not Keaton will be a part of the project, the idea of Vulture finally appearing on screen is very exciting. Toomes is quite a bit like Norman Osborn (Green Goblin), as they are both super geniuses who, unlike Peter, use their genius for evil. This actually seems to be a common theme for the primary Spider-Man cinematic villains, as the Lizard also portrayed these characteristics in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.
The big question is how Vulture — who might even be joined by the Terrible Tinkerer — will appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Will Homecoming be Spidey's first encounter with the winged villain, or will they have already met before? Captain America: Civil War may have actually given us an answer.
Toward the beginning of the action-packed airport fight in Civil War, Spider-Man and Falcon share some banter mid-fight. One excerpt of their dialogue is as follows:
Spider-Man: "Are those wings carbon fiber?"
Falcon: "Is this stuff coming out of you?"
Spider-Man: "That would explain the rigidity flexibility ratio which, gotta say, that’s awesome man."
Now, if I remember anything about Peter Parker, both in the comics and in the movies, he is not an expert on the physics of wings or aviation. So, how is it that he knows so much about Falcon's mechanical wings?
It is likely that Peter Parker and Adrian Toomes have already met. In fact, there's a good chance that Toomes, like Norman Osborn in Spider-Man and Dr. Connors in The Amazing Spider-Man, has taken young Parker under his wing. Just like the previous primary Spider-Man movie villains, Toomes is a genius scientist.
Would it really be surprising if that formula that worked in the previous movies is used again? Adrian Toomes may have already taken Peter under his wing (no pun intended), as seen by Peter's knowledge of mechanical wings, which will give them a pre-existing relationship. Therefore, when Toomes does fully become the villain the Vulture during Spider-Man: Homecoming, it will become an even greater trial for Peter as he must confront a man who has mentored him for quite a long time.
Peter Parker is just a kid. His parents are gone, his uncle is gone, and the only fatherly figure he has left appears to be Adrian Toomes. When Toomes does betray our favorite web-slinger, it will crush him. This could end up being a very powerful twist, and it appears as though Captain America: Civil War has helped set this up.