Editors Note: Spoilers below. Consider yourself warned.
After loving Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, we are less than one year away from the rebooted webhead’s first solo film. Though this is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film (known for their secrecy), we know a surprising amount of details regarding Spider-Man: Homecoming. The film, directed by Jon Watts, will not only feature a roll for Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, but Oscar-nominated Michael Keaton will be playing The Vulture. That’s a lot of Spider-Man/Marvel action for one movie (not to mention the awesome casting of Zendaya Coleman as Mary Jane), but new set photos reveal a new detail for the film.
The following photos could be considered SPOILERS for some. If you are the type that wants to know as little as possible before going into a movie, you may want to skip out on this one, just know that there are some secondary villains to Keaton’s Vulture. Let’s put a little distance between here and the photos for those you want to bow out.
Last warning for those wanting to avoid potential spoilers
New Spider-Man Homecoming set photos show Bokeem Woodbine's Shocker!!!! pic.twitter.com/6RQmAV98Ow
— Marvel__News (@Marvel__News) September 5, 2016
Well, we have ourselves a Shocker (honest to God, no pun intended with that one). There aren’t any details, nor has Marvel Studios made any official comment, but these set photos confirm Bokeem Woodbine’s role. Woodbine’s claim to fame comes in the form of his Emmy-nominated performance from Season 2 of Fargo (he is excellent in the role), and it is exciting to see that he will have a villainous role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Shocker’s Role in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming?’
There are many ways to see this casting. Perhaps Shocker is a sidekick to Vulture, a henchman type of role? Whether it be Spider-Man or Vulture or Shocker, perhaps the effect of Tony Stark on the world makes for more technologically advanced suits? My initial take? Marvel Studios has already redeemed the Hulk, Daredevil, and The Punisher from their previous (horrible) adaptations, now they are turning to Spider-Man’s rogues gallery to redeem more characters. While Jamie Foxx is a good actor, his Shocker in 2014’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 was awful, and hopefully Marvel Studios and Bokeem Woodbine can bring redemption to the character.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for release on July 7, 2017.