Michael Keaton Circling Villain Role for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

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Sony just announced the official title of their joint Spider-Man production with Marvel Studios, and there’s already heavy speculation as to who will star opposite Tom Holland. In an exclusive report issued by Variety, sources close to the film claim that Michael Keaton is in the very early stages of negotiating a deal to land the villain role for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Unsurprisingly, Marvel and Sony had no comment on the recent report.

This wouldn’t be Keaton’s first time stepping into the superhero arena. He starred as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Tim Burton’s classics Batman and Batman Returns and made huge noise in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s 2014 award-winning film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). This time around, however, Keaton would be crossing the line into supervillain territory. And while it’s unclear what Sony and Marvel have planned for Spidey foes, recent rumors have suggested that Vulture may make an appearance in Homecoming.

If this holds true, Keaton will join Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, and Zendaya. Jon Watts (Cop Car) will direct a script penned by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein that focuses on a teenage Peter Parker. Footage has already been previewed at CinemaCon, which teased the appearance of Tony Stark. Holland will make his debut as the famed web-slinger next month in Captain America: Civil War.

As for Keaton, the actor has been racking up wins since Birdman. He starred in last year’s critical darling Spotlight and will take the lead in John Lee Hancock’s The Founder later this year.

Stay tuned as this story develops.

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