The Spider-Man: Homecoming casting announcements and reports just keep coming in! Earlier this week, Community's Donald Glover was added to the lineup, and earlier today, it was reported that Prometheus star Logan Marshall-Green may join as one of the villains. Now it's been announced that Silicon Valley actor Martin Starr will appear in the Web-Slinger's latest movie.
This latest casting comes from Deadline, though as is often the case with superhero movies, they didn't identify who he will play. Here's a fun fact: this will actually Starr's second time appearing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He previously played "Computer Nerd" in 2008's The Incredible Hulk, a.k.a. the guy Bruce Banner gave pizza to in the computer lab. A memorable cameo, to be sure (maybe not), but it's safe to say that his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming will be significantly more meaningful. In addition to the previously mentioned names, Starr joins a cast that includes Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton and more.
Unless that pizza-loving computer nerd decided to move to Queens and gets mixed up in Spider-Man's life, it's a good bet that Martin Starr won't be playing his Incredible Hulk character again. It's a similar situation to how the movie cast Kenneth Choi, who previously appeared as Jim Morita in Captain America: The First Avenger. Unfortunately, that still doesn't help us narrow down who Starr will play. The options range from being one of Peter Parker's teacher to a super villain. Regarding the latter, although The Vulture is said to be the movie's main antagonist, it was also rumored a couple weeks back that The Tinkerer would be a supporting villain. While Starr is much younger than Tinkerer is in the comics, he definitely fits the bill for the nerdy "tech guy," so it's easy to see him supplying special gadgets and weapons to the newest big screen Spidey baddie, either on his own free will or being forcefully coerced.
Nowadays, Martin Starr is best known for playing Bertram Gilfoyle on the HBO series Silicon Valley (opens in new tab), so if he ends up playing someone with computer skills in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he's already have plenty of preparation from his TV role. His other credits include Freaks and Geeks, Party Down, Hawaii Five-0, This Is the End and the Veronica Mars movie. It's too soon to say whether Starr's Spider-Man: Homecoming appearance is a one off deal or if he could show up in sequels, but we'll keep you updated on what's going on with his character as more information comes in, which hopefully won't be too long (though really, that's applicable to almost all the actors involved).
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released in theaters on July 7, 2017.
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