Michael Keaton Back in the Mix for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Villain (EXCLUSIVE)

Michael Keaton Spider-Man: Homecoming
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After momentarily passing on the opportunity to play the next “Spider-Man” villain, Michael Keaton is back in talks to join Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Variety first reported that Keaton was being eyed to play the villain last month, but talks had barely begun before the actor pulled his name from consideration over money issues. Sources said the dispute occurred after Robert Downey Jr. was added to the cast to reprise his role as Tony Stark. At the time, it appeared as though the studio wouldn’t be able to afford both talents.

With Downey’s deal now closed, insiders say Sony and Marvel have now returned to Keaton and have found a way to make both parties happy.

If a deal closes, Keaton would join Tom Holland, who is set to play the web-slinger in the film, directed by Jon Watts. Marisa Tomei is set to play Aunt May and Zendaya is also on board in a mystery role. Kevin Feige is producing with Amy Pascal.

Plot details are still being heavily guarded.

Keaton has starred in the last two Oscar best picture winners, “Birdman” and “Spotlight,” and also has “The Founder” bowing in August, which is already garnering early award season buzz.

He is repped by ICM Partners.

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  1. I always liked Michael Keaton, well, his films before I was even born. What I don’t like are the last two films that won the AW for BP. Two more boring films have yet to be filmed.

    If he’s going to do something else to try and get an Oscar, please let it be something better than his first two attempts.

    I did like that movie by Ron Howard with Robert Duval, Glenn Close, Michael and Marisa Tomei. It was very entertaining.

  2. Dellie Q. says:

    Vulture seems too close to Birdman. If he’d agreed, I guess they’ll be doing a Mandarin-type flip with the plot.

    • RedDevil says:

      Based on how he is testing with younger kids(note that the name is not given so it isn’t Tom Holland), I am convinced he is playing for the long hall to be the greatest Spider-Man Villain of all time, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin.

      It’s a no brainer considering Norman has harry osborn as his son who could be the guy that the younger kid could be playing.

  3. Jp says:

    My guess is Vulture

    • EricJ says:

      I’d have guessed a grittier Kraven (without the 70’s fashion)–or even Mysterio–but the fact that Raimi quit his franchise when Sony wanted to replace Black Cat with “the Vulturess” brings up the idea of SM:H as an official respectful Marvel Do-Over.

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