Why One Spider-Man: Homecoming Villain Walked Away From The Marvel Movie

Spider-Man versus his villains

When Spider-Man: Homecoming ramped up its production, we had a flurry of casting announcements as the first solo Marvel Spidey movie populated the ensemble. We learned, over time, that Michael Keaton had been confirmed to play Adrian Toomes, aka The Vulture, but there are still a number of actors who are part of the movie, even though we don't know which roles that are committed to play. In that flurry, we reported that UFC Champion Tyron Woodley was linked to Homecoming, in a possibly villainous role. Now, however, Woodley admits that he left the movie, for a very interesting reason.

Tyron Woodley is making the rounds to promote his latest fight, and spoke with FOX UFC about his relationship with Spider-Man: Homecoming. He admits that he was cast in the movie, but goes on to explain that mentioning it on Twitter got him in hot water with Marvel's legal team. He says:

This is what I said. I said that I could be working on a Marvel movie very soon, and I didn't put two-and-two together. I was in Atlanta, the only Marvel movie at that time was Spider-Man --- I didn't put those things together. When you're working on a Marvel movie, their legal department do not play. They got word of it, and their legal department started coming down on me and the people that were casting me for the part.

This wasn't the real reason that Tyron Woodley says that he ultimately walked away from his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, though. He went on to explain:

I did not do it because I had a previous obligation with Fox, and I thought that was a better play long term. And I'm a man of my word. ... So unfortunately, I was going to play a villain in the movie, and I think I was going to be fighting Spider-Man. But I do believe these opportunities will come, and that me being a man of word won't blow up in my face.

Interesting. So, who do we think Woodley might have been playing? We're a little concerned at the sheer number of villains Spider-Man: Homecoming could have. We know that Michael Keaton will play the Vulture, and the movie has to have room for Iron Man and Tony Stark, as Robert Downey Jr. has been confirmed. There have been rumors about The Shocker showing up, though we don't yet know in what context. Could that be who Woodley was down for? And if so, then who is Bokeem Woodbine playing? Or Logan Marshall-Green? Here is the full conversation with Tyron Woodley:

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be in theaters on July 7, 2017.

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