The cast for Spider-Man: Homecoming absolutely exploded with talent after being announced. Marvel surrounded Tom Holland with a ton of excellent and exciting actors to make this movie something potentially very special throughout production. Robert Downey Jr. will even be reprising his role as Tony Stark yet again, but perhaps most exciting is Oscar nominee Michael Keaton being tapped to play Vulture, who will be the main villain in the movie. He has been pretty quiet since taking on the role, but now he is finally talking a little bit about the movie and it is nothing but praise.
Michael Keaton recently spoke with Deadline in honor of his new movie The Founder, which is going to be making its way into theaters shortly. Fortunately for Marvel fans, he was willing to talk a bit about Spider-Man: Homecoming. Even though he couldn't give much away, he had nothing but praise to offer, specifically for Marvel Studios as a whole. Here is what he had to say.
"I have thought about the way things have changed, because I just did Spider-Man, and Marvel? That is one well-oiled machine. It is remarkable how they have got that whole thing covered in a really qualitative way. Just how efficient it is, in the best sense, and how it operates on a practical level. How organized they are about what they make and how conscientious they are about what they have. They've got really wonderful actors for one thing, but I guess that has always been the case. Batman always had great actors surrounding that character. We had Pat Hingle and all these terrific actors. They really get that script is important, and they really protect their lore and that culture and they see the enormity of it, on a capitalistic level."
Even fans with a relatively passive understanding of Marvel Studios is probably aware of Kevin Feige and his fierce dedication to making sure these movies go according to play. Especially in the case of something like Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it is really great to hear it from someone like Michael Keaton who just worked on the movie and is playing a rather significant part in it. In addition to praising Marvel's way of doing things, he specifically took a moment to praise Tom Holland, who is taking over duties as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.
"A great kid, by the way. [Setting up future films] doesn't sound easy to do. I haven't seen any of those movies, though. I just haven't. It's not a judgment."
Michael Keaton isn't shy about admitting he hasn't really watched any of the MCU movies so far, but that shouldn't really be an issue in terms of him being able to do his job. His role was largely a mystery until recently, but we finally got our first look at Vulture in the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it looks like getting an Oscar-worthy actor like Keaton to play the character of Adrian Toomes (aka Vulture) was a great move by everyone involved. For a while before production, it looked as though the deal wasn't going to get done, but Marvel found a way to make it happen, which sort of speaks to that "well-oiled machine" Michael Keaton was referring to.
Other cast members joining Michael Keaton, Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. in Spider-Man: Homecoming include Martin Starr, Logan Marshall-Green, Angourie Rice, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Hannibal Buress, Jon Favreau, Bokeem Woodbine and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. The movie is being directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car), with a script by John Francis Daley. Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for release on July 7, 2017. And Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 has already been given a July, 2019 release date.