With the release of the Spider-Man Homecoming trailer, fans finally got to see what the webbed one will be up against in his first solo film under Marvel. The Vulture, played by Micheal Keaton also makes his debut on the silver screen along with our titular hero. And it seems like he will make quite the impression.
The Homecoming trailer showcases The Vulture being a menacing threat, unlike prior Spider-Man villain that movie audiences may have ever seen before. And according to Spider-Man tom Holland, maybe even what can be deemed as scary. In an interview with USA Today, Tom Holland discussed the impression that The Vulture leaves when he first comes on screen:
“The first time we see the Vulture is terrifying. It’s like a horror movie: really scary, very intense and shocking.”
Spider-man has seen some memorable villains over the years, particularly in the films of Sam Raimi. Raimi is a well-known director of horror movies who planted some elements of horror in his three SpiderMan movies like when Norman Osborn turned a bit mad before becoming the Green Goblin in 2002’s Spider-Man and when Otto Octavius’ tentacles killed those surgeons operating on him in 2004’s Spider-Man 2.
Homecoming director Jon Watts also discussed in the same interview that The Vulture is different from other Marvel Cinematic Universe villains:
“It’s fun to think that if Spider-Man is a regular kid who becomes a superhero, there’s got to be a bunch of regular guys who become supervillains too”
Just like SpiderMan’s new webbed suit, it seems like Homecoming is giving a throwback to the first comics as it enters a new decade into Marvel. The Vulture was the second supervillain Spider-Man ever faced in the comics, preceded only be The Chameleon. The upcoming film has paid a bit of an homage to the early days of the hero, but that does not mean its dated. In fact, it may be the very thing the franchise needs, villains included.