Yesterday it was announced that Logan Marshall-Green was in talks to join the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Marshall-Green is in talks to join Michael Keaton as a secondary villain in the film.
The internet has been ablaze this past week with theories regarding Spider-Man: Homecoming, due to a current casting tear from the film as it is preparing for a shoot next month, and the casting of Marshall-Green is no exception. Here are five theories on who Logan Marshall-Green could be playing in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Yes, I know Michael Keaton has been rumoured to play the Vulture, but it is highly possible that Keaton and Marshall-Green could play a dual role. Adrian Toomes, while being known for being an elderly Spider-Man villain, has restored his youth on a regular basis. The official Wikipedia entry for Adrian Toomes states;
On one occasion, he restored his youth through biochemical means...
Personally, I would love to see this. While Vulture being an elderly villain is an interesting aspect in the comics, I don't think it would transfer well on film. An old age Michael Keaton in a mechanical flight suit fighting a high school teenager would look very goofy. Seeing Marshall-Green take on the form of a Vulture who has had his youth restored would make a lot of sense.
My personal favourite out of the casting theories, Marshall-Green would definitely fit Shocker. If we are going off of his appearance in Prometheus, he fits the bill. Take a look at the various looks of Herman Schultz over the years, everyone has a resemblance to Marshall-Green.
When I was writing this up I actually asked myself "Why has Shocker not been adapted onto film already?". Shocker definitely holds a place in many of our childhoods as he was a mainstay in the 90's Spider-Man Animated Series.
If Shocker will appear in the film, it would probably be in the same capacity as Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I imagine he will appear as Herman Schultz in the opening scenes of the film, and then as Shocker towards the end of the film, maybe recruited by Adrian Toomes.
Morbius, The Living Vampire
Take a look at the photo above and tell me Marshall-Green doesn't resemble Morbius.
Morbius is a character who, much like Shocker, deserves a live action adaptation. Not only is he a very interesting and conflicted villain in Spider-Man's rogue's gallery, but he could be the key to bringing Blade into the MCU. It has long been rumoured that Blade will be adapted into a Netflix series, what better way to introduce him by bringing in Morbius. Morbius is a vampire who Blade has attempted to kill in the past, but has also teamed up with him on various occasions. This dynamic would be an interesting approach to the Blade series, and Spider-Man: Homecoming could act as a "backdoor pilot" for a Blade series if they were to introduce Morbius.
Personally, I wouldn't want Marshall-Green as Kraven, I've always wanted Tom Hardy for that role. Person views besides, Marshall-Green does resemble Kraven, and if his animalistic rage in Prometheus is anything to go by, he would portray him very well on film.
Kraven, like many entries on this list, desperately needs a film adaptation. He has been the focus of many great Spider-Man storylines, and is one of his greatest foes. Whenever he faces Spidey, he develops him more as a character. Not only is he one of his greatest physical challenges, but also a mental one. Considering the MCU Spidey is just starting his crime fighting career, he is still needing to develop his skills. What better way to develop the young teenager than by introducing Kraven?
Probably the character that everyone thought of when Marshall-Green was cast, Eddie Brock desperately needs rebooted after his universally panned adaptation in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3.
It is highly unlikely that Brock would become Venom in Homecoming, but I do expect Brock to appear with Peter Parker in some form. In the animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man, Brock was a Peter's science partner/tutor in Doctor Connor's laboratory, I would love to see Brock appear in this form and establish a relationship with Peter before becoming Venom. Maybe we will get a post credit scene where we see the symbiote appear in the MCU.
I must establish that it would have to be the Mac Gargan version of Scorpion. Marshal-Green would be a fantastic Scorpion. He has the look and the screen presence to portray a live action Scorpion, and let's be honest, how awesome would it be seeing Vulture and Scorpion team up on screen to defeat Spider-Man?
Mac Gargan would make sense to appear alongside Vulture. Gargan, much like Vulture, goes through a body altering process when becoming Scorpion. This would tie in with Toomes if he was to alter his physical appearance when becoming Vulture. The two teamed up in an episode of Spider-Man: The Animated Series and the result was fantastic. The constant bantering between the two villains was comedic gold and I for one can't wait to see them on screen in live action.
The great thing about Spider-Man is the vast gallery of villains that he has faced, and Logan Marshall-Green has a look that could fit many of them. Most of them have their face concealed half the time, so he could be cast in any role. It's hard to predict who he has been cast as, but I hope that this list keeps you guessing and hopefully makes you come up with theories of your own!