On Friday, Marvel Studios announced some heavy hitting castings to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
First off, Marvel announced that Michael Keaton was, in fact, going to be cast in the villain role of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The studio was reportedly courting the Batman and Birdman star in April, but he dropped out. Today, Deadline is reporting that Keaton has resumed negotiations and that the deal with Marvel has been finalized. Keaton will play Spider-Man’s villain, The Vulture. In the comics, Vulture (aka Adrian Toomes) is a former electronics engineer who develops a special harness that allows him to fly and equips him with enhanced strength. Vulture is described on Marvel.com as “a virtually remorseless killer.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming will mark the first live action portrayal of the villain. The character was initially tabbed to appear in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 with John Malkovich cast in the role, but the project was cancelled in favor of the Amazing Spider-Man reboot.
Keaton’s casting adds to the list including Tom Holland (Spider-Man/Peter Parker), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May) and Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man).
Marvel made even more casting news with the bulk of them regarding Thor: Ragnarok. The studio confirmed that Cate Blanchett has been cast as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, and Karl Urban as Skurge.
Regulars returning to the latest Thor movie will also include Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Idris Elba (Heimdall), and Anthony Hopkins (Odin). Marvel also confirmed that Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk) will make his long-awaited return to the MCU. As many know, Hulk was last seen running away at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Notably absent from Thor: Ragnarok‘s cast include Jamie Alexander (Lady Sif), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), and Kat Dennings (Darcy Lewis).