“Spider-Man: Homecoming” recently cast actor Michael Chernus in a villain role.
According to Deadline, Chernus’ role in the Sony/Marvel movie is still being kept under wraps. However, the publication believes that the actor will give life to the character Phineas Mason aka the Tinkerer. Phineas is known for his impressive and brilliant engineering skills and has crafted various gadgets that were used by Spider-Man’s most notorious enemies, as depicted in the comic books.
Chernus is best known for his role as Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) brother in the Netflix original series “Orange Is the New Black,” according to IGN.
If Chernus will indeed play the role of Tinkerer, he will be joining Michael Keaton who will also be playing one of Spider-Man’s foes, according to Entertainment Weekly. Even though Sony has yet to officially announce Keaton’s role, he will most likely play main villain Vulture.
A concept art photo of Spider-Man and Vulture were revealed at last month’s San Diego Comic Con.
In the same event, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” director John Watts opened up about the film and said that it will center on Spider-Man's (Tom Holland) life as a teenager. “It’s a straight-up high school movie, about a 15-year-old kid. We know what it’s like to be a billionaire playboy inventor. We learned what it’s like to be an alien God… We’re going to learn what it’s like to be a kid in 10th grade going through puberty,” he said.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” also stars Donald Glover, Zendaya Coleman, Hannibal Burress, Martin Starr, Robert Downey Jr., Logan Marshall Green and Marisa Tomei. The movie is slated to hit theaters in the United States on July 7, 2017.