MAJOR SPOILERS from Spider-Man: Homecoming follow. Proceed at your own risk.
Michael Keaton is one of the best parts and greatest comic book villains ever put to the big screen. Adrian Toomes isn’t your typical mustache twirling villain and that’s what made him great.
Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein knew exactly who they wanted their main villain to be even before they started writing the script. With the large rogues gallery of villains that Spider-Man has, it was only a matter of time before the Vulture was given a movie adaptation. In fact, Raimi’s canceled Spider-Man 4 would have had Vulture as the primary antagonist but felt that his script wasn’t good enough so he allowed Sony to continue on with their already planned reboot.
John Francis Daley And Jonathan Goldstein Discuss Using The Vulture
Speaking with Yahoo Movies, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein gave their thoughts on using the Vulture as their go-to Spidey villain:
“I think our intention was always to keep him a not-terrible guy. What I can never relate to or even root against is the mustache-twirly villain [where it’s unclear] why they’re evil, and they’re just evil for evil’s sake.”
They have a great point because as we know from the film, Keaton isn’t your typical ‘evil-guy.’ Though his clean-up business had been taken away from him and replaced by Stark’s #DamageControl, Toomes found a way to make some money by selling Chitauri weaponry on the black market.
Keaton’s Vulture Became The Linchpin To Peter Parker
Since #SpiderManHomecoming had a John Hughes-esque feel, the result was a smaller story with Parker having to deal with the baggage that comes in high school along with a villain who is related to Peter’s crush. By far the biggest turning point in the film came when audiences found out that the girl (Liz) Peter was taking to the Homecoming dance was in fact the daughter of Adrian Toomes. Here’s what the screenwriters had to say involving these two pivotal plot threads:
“We found a way to combine those two plot threads and in a way that we hope pays off. You think you’re in the high school movie story, and then you’re shocked to find out this relationship. We wanted to make it to personal to Peter. This is a guy whose ambitions are not world domination, they’re fairly small and limited. So how do we make it mean something more to Peter than just being a random bad guy?”
And find it they did as it certainly helped move the story along by having these two characters cross paths in a big way. The cat and mouse chase between the two major characters were easily the highlight of the entire film.
The Vulture Was Originally Going To Be Much Older
Talks initially began with the Vultures age. In the comics, the #Vulture is much much older than the version we received in Spider-Man: Homecoming. This was for good reason as an older man being extremely agile may not look as good on the big-screen as it did in the comics. The screenwriters also didn’t want to make him bald like the comics because he may not have appeared as scary as they wanted him to be. Goldstein and Daley gave their thoughts on this matter:
“Once we started talking about Vulture, it was clear that the version in the comics wouldn’t do, where he was this bald old man. It just never felt terribly scary on film to us. So we thought, ‘All right, let’s make him more of a middle-aged guy.‘”
I believe that they made the right choice here as Keaton played in that “middle-aged” man category since Keaton is a healthy 65 years of age.
Adrian Toomes Was Initially One Of Peter Parker’s High School Teachers
Like Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard) in the original comics, early talks had Toomes being one of Peter’s high school teachers. The screenwriters once again gave their thoughts on developing a villain that would somehow be related in a way to #PeterParker. So, they came up with a solution:
“It was going to be his teacher, and then we were like, ‘No, let’s separate him fully from the school — or at least so it seems.’ And that’s I think when we decided to make it the love interest’s dad.”
I wholeheartedly agree with their decisions of making him Peter’s love interest’s father. It worked well in the story and was a shocking reveal. Had Toomes just been his teacher, audiences would not have received the surprise we got in the theaters. It worked well in the story and forced Peter to make a drastic decision with very little time.
What do you think of the changes Daley and Goldstein made to the script? Do you think it was the right choice? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
Source: Yahoo Movies