Though it has long been assumed, but never confirmed by Sony Pictures or Marvel Studios, that Michael Keaton is playing villain The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming, we never caught one glimpse of the actor on set during shooting. Which hints that all of his scenes where done behind closed doors at a locked studio in Atlanta. While we got a first look and confirmation that Vulture is one of several villains in the Spider-Man reboot during Comic-Con, the image was of very early concept art. Today, we have a second look at what is being called 'leaked concept art' from Homecoming, and it gives us an entirely different look at The Vulture.
The Vulture is a villain that Sony Pictures has long wanted to use in one of the previous movies. Sam Raimi perhaps got the closest, with Vulture set up to be the main bad guy in his canceled Spider-Man 4, which would have also brought in Mysterio. Vulture was then being set-up as the main rogue in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, yet another sequel that got canceled. Now he'll finally get his chance to shine in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And who better to play him that Birdman himself, Michael Keaton?
The image in question can be seen at Reddit. And the look fits much more in the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe than the previously released concept art. Here, the iconic comic book baddie is seen in jeans and the same wool-lined leather jacket he wore before. It is adorned with technology enhanced metal wings and boots fixed with metal talons. The Vulture is also seen wearing a black hood. This art has not been confirmed to be the real thing, but as we've seen in the all too recent past, these kinds of leaks are real 95% of the time.
Tom Holland was introduced as Peter Parker in this summer's Captain America: Civil War, where we got to see him suit up as Spider-Man during the big Airport fight scene that involved all of the Avengers heroes along with Ant-Man and Black Panther. During the course of filming on Spider-Man: Homecoming, we got to see plenty of behind-the-scenes footage of this new Spidey in action as well. And from the looks and sounds of things, his fights with the Vulture should prove to be some of the best hero-on-villain violence seen in these movies yet.
Pointing to the legitimacy of this image is that some of it does fall in line with the previously released concept art. The mechanical design stays pretty much the same for the claws, wings and helmet. And if we had to guess, this is an early disguise assumed by Adrian Toomes in the movie. The big difference, aside from the cool 'old man' jeans is the size of the wings. They are much larger in the final reveal.
Because the latest concept art is shown on a brace, or stand, it is being speculated that this concept art is actually for the upcoming line of Spider-Man: Homecoming action figures and toys that will be released in conjunction with the movie next year. Though, that hasn't been confirmed either. Until we get something more substantial, this latest look will have to suffice. All in all, it is a concept that works in the world of the MCU. Don't you think?