US-OSCARS-ARRIVALSBatman. Birdman. Vulture? According to Variety, Michael Keaton is in early talks to play the villain in the Sony/Marvel movie "Spider-Man: Homecoming."

Tom Holland is starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, after making his debut in "Captain America: Civil War." Marisa Tomei plays Aunt May, and Zendaya has a mystery role.

It's not confirmed that Keaton will play a villain, and it's possible there will be more than one villain no matter who is cast. Just the day before this report, Collider posted the rumor that the comics character Vulture would make an appearance, whether as the main villain or not. As they put it after the Keaton report came out:

"But boy is it hard to look at Keaton and NOT think of Vulture, an older comics character by the name of Adrian Toomes, whose career as an electronics engineer gives way to a flight harness that gives him superhuman strength."

It's not a bad idea to consider Keaton for the role, and not just because it's interesting to think of him transitioning from DC hero to Marvel villain. He's also on a streak, appearing in the last two films to win the Oscar for Best Picture: "Birdman" and "Spotlight." Spidey probably won't take home Best Picture, but it wouldn't hurt to cast a good luck charm.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" opens in theaters on July 7, 2017.

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