Why The Vulture Could Help Solve The MCU Villain Dilema

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After the Avengers disassembled, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers went their separate ways. Stark and Parker had sort of a father/son relationship in Captain America: Civil War after Stark gave him an upgraded Spider-Man costume. It was to no one’s surprise that he would reprise his role as a mentor in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Parker is going to need all the help he can get especially since he’ll be taking on one of Spider-Man’s most powerful rogues gallery of villains; the Vulture. Watch the latest trailer to see the Vulture and Spidey in action! 

Michael Keaton will be portraying the titular villain in Spidey’s solo film and damn does he look terrifying. But you know what, so have the other MCU villains. Marvel has had a total of 14 MCU films with Spider-Man: Homecoming up next. While there were some memorable and notable villains such as the Red Skull and of course Thor’s adopted brother Loki, however none of the others have really stood out. In fact, most of them were either short-lived or underutilized.

Marvel’s CEO Kevin Feige has made it known why their villains don’t get the love treatment as much as the heroes. It makes sense to follow the heroes since that’s what the films are all about; the heroes journey. In Feige’s defense the system has worked however I believe there should be a fine balance between the hero and the villain. Keaton’s Vulture could actually change that and I have few reasons why this is entirely possible moving forward.

1. Spider-Man’s Cinematic Villains Were Fleshed Out

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Say what you will about the deal that has been done between Marvel and Sony, but Sony still has the upper hand when utilizing their characters. Sure the story has to fit within this Marvel cinematic universe, but that doesn’t mean the characters have to be used the same way. Dating back to the Sam Raimi trilogy, the villains have had their fare share of screen-time. All of the major villains including the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and the Sandman all had proper backstories. Their character development was spot on as Raimi gave us tremendous villains.

All three of these villains were not all about taking over the world as most of the MCU villains appear to be doing. Norman Osborne is trying to help improve the military’s weapons by using his scientific achievements to his advantage; Dr. Otto Octavius is learning to harness nuclear energy for scientific research, and Flint Marko is trying his best to raise enough money to fund his daughters cancer treatments by any means necessary.

Unfortunately these three men are put into precarious situations and turn to a life of crime. However, we fully understand their motivations with the proper build-up we were given. If Raimi could give us great villains, then so can the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming; Jon Watts. 

2. Keaton’s Line To Peter Parker

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One big thing we learned based on this trailer is who the Vulture and his cronies used to work for; Stark. In the trailer, it’s hinted at that they were once a part of Damage Control. Damage Control was an organization established in the comics who would help clean-up the mess that was left by the heroes after a major battle. Adrian Toomes voices his displeasure in the trailer blaming the rich and the powerful such as Stark for the position they are currently in. Toomes feels as though they are being left out for something greater and were never truly given proper chances.

Nevertheless, there is one line Toomes says to Peter that has a heavy meaning;

“I want you to understand that I’ll do anything to protect my family.”

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This phrase has a deep meaning because he clearly doesn’t think of himself like most of the other MCU villains. What kind of family is he referring to here? Perhaps he’s referencing all of his co-workers and other outcasts that weren’t successful like a Tony Stark. We may not know the entire backstory to Vulture here, but this one line is enough to convince us that there’s much more to this villain than your typical bad guy.

3. The MCU Should Develop The Sinister Six

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Sony’s talks with a Sinister Six film fell through years ago when Drew Goddard was attached to direct the film. However, that doesn’t mean Sony’s plan isn’t completely out of the question. Another major issue that the MCU villains have faced are the one-and-done formulas. A famous actor is cast, the villain fights the hero, the hero beats the villain, and the villain dies at the very end. Sound a little familiar? That’s the trend that the majority of the MCU have dealt with, with Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius being the latest.

If Marvel and Sony want to set up a proper Sinister Six film, they should start with Keaton’s Vulture. An actor of Keaton’s caliber shouldn’t be wasted, leading me to believe that Toomes may return in a future Spider-Man movie. Let’s not also forget that the Shocker will make an appearance as well.

Though the Sinister Six have evolved over time with many different villains, Vulture however was one of the founding members. I’m sure that Keaton’s Vulture will certainly lose at the hands of both Spider-Man and Iron Man but why kill him off? Why not put him in solitary confinement and save him for a future film one in which has him teaming up with other villains to take down Spider-Man?

Tom Holland Can Play Spider-Man For A Long Time And That’s A Good Thing

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Seeing how Tom Holland is only twenty years old, he can play Spider-Man for a very long time. That being said, it would be imperative for Marvel to at least adapt a version of the Sinister Six. As Spidey faces more villains, it would make sense for them to team-up to take down a hero who has stopped them on multiple occasions. This could also result in a more mature Peter Parker where he would have to find a way to take down all these villains at once. He’s done it before in the comics, so why not in live action?

Those are my thoughts on how I believe Sony intends to use the Vulture. Do you agree? In what way should Keaton’s Vulture be portrayed? Sound off in the comment section below!

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