12 Jul 2017 7:27 PM +00:00 UTC

Spider-Man: Homecoming Writers Talk About Their Alternate Backstory For Michael Keaton’s Vulture

Warning: This article may contain spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Spider-Man: Homecoming has raked in a lot of positive reviews from fans and critics with many praising the coming-of-age superhero movie for a whole lot of things. This includes Michael Keaton's portrayal of the Vulture.

Everyone usually complains about how terribly written Marvel villains are, but viewers loved how grounded Keaton's Vulture was in Homecoming, selling weapons made out of alien tech because he thinks he's standing up for the little man. However, it seems like Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein had other ideas for the Vulture.


Speaking with Yahoo Movies, the two writers talked about how they wanted to make Adrian Toomes a more approachable villain for fans.

"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," Goldstein revealed. "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.'"

Daley revealed that the two also wanted to turn Toomes into Peter Parker's teacher, but decided to switch things up and make the villain the father of Spidey's highschool crush.

"He was still stealing from Damage Control, but we had a different way into it. [Toomes] was going to be [Peter's] 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," Daley said.

With Sony putting in most of the major points of Homecoming in the film's trailers, Vulture's twist remains as one of surprising factors of the film. Toomes as Peter's teacher wouldn't have had the same effect.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently screening in cinemas.

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