A new “Spider-Man” film means a new villain. At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios previewed the 2017 flick, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and revealed that Peter Parker will take on Vulture.
“Vulture’s the first real villain in the Spider-Man comics,” director Jon Watts told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s in the second issue. He’s one of the classics from the best rogues’ gallery out there, and we’ve never seen him, he’s never been brought to life.”
Since this will be many fans’ first time meeting the villain, some movie fans might need to catch up on his history. Here’s what you need to know about the character from the comics (who is rumored to be played by Michael Keaton):
Adrian Toomes — It isn’t clear which identity of Vulture the film will use, but Adrian seems most likely. The electronics engineer has the most extensive comic book history. Plus, the concept art indicates that they’ll be using a costume similar to one Adrian wears in the source material.
Powers — Adrian had his own company, Bestman and Toomes Electronics, where he worked as an inventor and engineer, according to Marvel Database. Vulture created an electromagnetic harness that allowed him to fly and gave him superhuman strength. When his partner embezzled money and forced him out of the business, he used his invention to start a life of crime.
When Vulture Met Peter — Peter’s first gig for the Daily Bugle was getting the first photo of Vulture. Peter wasn’t assigned the job, but J. Jonah Jameson offered a reward for the picture.
Sinister Six — Villains can have friends too, so Vulture doesn’t always work alone. He has teamed up with several other super villains as member of the Sinister Six, including Doctor Octopus, Sandman and Mysterio.
Repeatedly Defeated — Vulture is a difficult villain to keep down. Spider-Man has managed to defeat the bad guy several times, but he just keeps coming back. If the comics are an indicator, “Homecoming” might be the first of several appearances from Vulture.
Of course, movies always make some changes, but Marvel fans will have to wait for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to hit theaters on July 7, 2017 to see what the writers kept from the comics.