There were more than a few major surprises as part of the Spider-Man: Homecoming portion of Marvel Studios' Hall H panel in San Diego on Saturday night. Tom Holland and director Jon Watts brought their whole cast to the stage, then shocked fans with a well-cut trailer (which I have described in greater detail here). The clip ended with our first look at the new movie's villain, The Vulture, who we believe will be played by Michael Keaton -- though that was NOT confirmed at Comic-Con. Interesting.

After the panel, I was lucky enough to interview Spider-Man himself, Tom Holland (The Impossible), about his first solo Spider-Man movie, and our conversation started with the villain. I asked him, with the full Rogue's Gallery at his disposal, why they went with The Vulture for this villain. Holland told me:

Because we haven't seen him yet. We get a little glimpse of him in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that little glimpse in the Oscorp vault. Which would have been super dope. But the fact that we are doing it first in this movie is going to be really exciting because we can take him to new places that we haven't taken a Marvel villain to before. And it's going to be really cool.

Shout out to Tom Holland for having the courage to name drop the Amazing Spider-Man movies! They aren't canon anymore, but there's no reason we can't acknowledge what they attempted, and yes, there was a moment when we thought Vulture was going to be a significant member of the Sinister Six movie that Sony wanted to do. It never came to pass, beyond this cool image, and so the villain is back on the table and ready to fly in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Tom Holland wasn't the only person to weigh in. I also posed the question about The Vulture to Jon Watts, and he had a different reason for wanting to include The Vulture.

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