Michael Keaton Eyed to Play Villain in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Michael Keaton could be returning to the superhero universe — but this time, as a villain.

Sources tell Variety that Keaton is in early talks to play a villain in the Marvel and Sony co-productionSpider-Man: Homecoming,” starring Tom Holland as the latest Spidey.

Marvel and Sony had no comment on the casting.


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For Keaton, it also marks a switch from DC Comics to Marvel. The Oscar nominee famously played the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s “Batman” in 1989, causing his career to skyrocket.

Marisa Tomei is currently set to play Aunt May, and Zendaya is also on board in a mystery role. The villain Keaton is being eyed to play is also being kept under wraps.

Jon Watts is directing the film from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing the movie, which focuses on a teenage Peter Parker’s high school days.

Plot details are still being heavily guarded.

Holland’s Spider-Man will first make an appearance in the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War,” with a standalone pic bowing on July 7, 2017. Production is expected to start this summer.

Keaton was recently seen in “Birdman” and “Spotlight,” which both took home Oscars for best picture. Keaton also earned a best actor nomination for “Birdman.” He can next be seen in “The Founder” as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc.

He is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.

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  1. Giggy jeww says:

    Vulture stole a wingsuit similar to falcon’s? ;)

  2. a really cool guy says:

    There is literally nothing here to validate this other than “sources tell us”

  3. miroslav says:

    i think he will be vulture

  4. Khonshu says:

    J Jonah Jameson, baby!

  5. Michael says:

    He’s gonna play M.O.D.O.K.

  6. parker says:

    He’ll play a charcter who exists only on Peter Parker’s head and will convinde him to do messed up things just like Birdman.

  7. hindy01 says:

    Has to be the Vulture!

  8. Lex says:

    He’ll play Morlun, the lamest villain to kill Spider-man and helped ruin the character. Oh, I am so angry.

  9. Alberto says:

    I think he will play Vulture. I want Marvel to introduce new villains into the mix. We already seen Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Venom, Sandman, Lizard, Rhino and Electro. We need others villains!

  10. Denis Lalumière says:

    The Birdman as Vulture OMG!!!

  11. KenB says:

    The bad guy would be Vulture

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