Spider-Man: Homecoming was great fun for audiences – elevated by an interesting dynamic between Peter Parker and The Vulture. Turns out that the movies directors had plenty of ideas on the table for how they would have made the villain fit into the movie.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies about the decision to change The Vulture’s character so much, Goldstein and Daley stated;
“Once we started talking about Vulture, it was clear that the version in the comics wouldn’t do, where he was this bald old man. It just never felt terribly scary on film to us. So we thought, ‘All right, let’s make him more of a middle-aged guy.’”
The idea of having The Vulture be a very different character was also in the mix at one stage, as the pair talked about the idea of making him and Peter much closer;
“He was still stealing from Damage Control, but we had a different way into it. [Toomes] was going to be [Peter’s] teacher, and then we were like, ‘No, let’s separate him fully from the school — or at least so it seems.’ And that’s I think when we decided to make it the love interest’s dad.”
It’s interesting to hear how the development for the character went. Given that Keaton was arguably one of the better MCU movie villains, it’s easy to see why these changes were made.
That being said, there has been some disappointment from die-hard comic book fans that the character was changed so much.
Personally, I think the decision to make him the father of Peter Parker’s main love interest was great. it arguably led to the most tense moment in the entire movie – that car scene was hugely exciting to watch.
With Keaton only signed on to do one MCU movie right now (That being Homecoming), it would seem the Vulture is done for now. Yet the ending tot the movie left open the idea of the Sinister Six forming within the MCU – and of unfinished business between Vulture and Spider-Man.
Would you want to see more of Keaton’s Vulture?