Since 2008 we have learned to understand the pro's and con's of being a billionaire playboy who happens to be a weapons manufacturer in the Marvel world. Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man will be a key player for the upcoming MCU installment Spider-Man: Homecoming. And, while he is considered a hero of the piece, it appears he is responsible yet again for the emergence of an evil force.
Director Jon Watts spoke with USA Today ahead of the July 7, 2017 premiere and, with the introduction of Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes (Vulture) appearing, the filmmaker argues that his backstory is far from one dimensional. Exploring the layers of complexity that makes Toomes such an intriguing addition to the narrative, Watts believes that Vulture is as much about exposing the flip side of inventors who risk it all.
Vulture's Bone of Contention Is Switch From Penthouse To Doghouse
Keaton's ability to push the boundaries for a man on the edge of despair has been there for all to see. From his performance as a struggling performer in Birdman to his manic attempt at making McDonalds a success with The Founder, he has been a master of his craft.
Now Watts wants the actor to channel that energy into a man that feels left behind by the successes of Stark Industries. A theme that many people should be able to resonate with.
“My whole approach for this movie is that we’ve seen the penthouse level of the (Marvel) universe,” he remarks. “We’ve seen what it’s like to be a billionaire inventor and to be a Norse god. We’ve seen the very top of this world. But we’ve never seen what it’s like to be just a regular joe. (He) has a bone to pick (with Tony Stark). (He) sort of becomes the dark Tony Stark. He thinks once he has this money and power, he'll have more control of his life."
Established World A Grand Playground For Bad Guys
As The Avengers saw the destruction of so much surrounding them, it is clear that the shades of grey hovering over the superheroes is a great breeding ground for the villains to be unearthed. This is what Watts is excited about most.
"I like the idea that in these huge movies, you pick out one extra and you're like, 'What does he think of all this?' Sometimes these movies are so casual about just destroying whole cities and incredible things happen and everyone's like, 'Eh, whatever.' If that really happened, it would be amazing and change everything. (We get to use) this neat junk from all the other movies. It's a really great starting point for the villains to have the Vulture picking over the stuff and finding the valuable exotic elements and having the Tinkerer assemble into something that could be used. (The MCU is a place) where you can be a villain and a real person, too. Being a supervillain isn't necessarily your full-time job."
Source: USA Today