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Adrian Toomes, also known as Vulture, is the main antagonist of the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
He was the CEO of Bestman Salvage until he was driven out of business when Tony Stark and the U.S. Government founded the Department of Damage Control, so he used the remains of Chitauri and Ultron Sentinel technology to become a black market weapons dealer and obtained a vulture-themed flying suit.
He was portrayed by Michael Keaton.
Why He Rocks
- Michael Keaton does a great performance as Toomes with only adds to his sympathy to the reason below.
- He's shown to be a dangerous and menacing foe with a cool supervillain outfit, complete with mechanical wings that utilize jet propulsion turbine engines. He can also use the wings themselves offensively to slash or stab at enemies.
- Similar to his family honors, he's a considerate crime boss as well who cares about his workers.
- He's an honest worker and family man who was driven out of business and was forced to become criminal to keep supporting his family, which makes him a very relatable bad guy. Sure, his comics self also had a noble side for his family, but he was pretty unapologetic. This version ramped up his good traits from the comics and gave him proper reasons for his actions, even if he's still very evil.
- He has a surprisingly well-executed Hero-Villain relationship to Spider-Man as he is the father of Liz Allan-Toomes in this version and once drove both Peter and Liz to the homecoming dance.
- Likewise, Peter is a young eager teen who looks forward to his future as a hero while Toomes is a frustrated middle-aged man who has seen life and feels he has no choice but become a criminal.
- He's one of the rare cases of an MCU villain who didn't die towards the end of their film. This makes him the first Spider-Man film villain to find out Spidey's secret identity and not die.
- Another scene that only adds to his nobility is that he manages to find out Spidey's secret identity during the film, and after he gets arrested at the end film, he has a chance to reveal Spidey's identity to one of the prisoners but he chooses to keep the secret to himself.
- His CGI battles with Spider-Man while Toomes is in his suit, aren't very good. He's surprising more menacing when he's in just his human form.
- Adrian Toomes is never referred to as "Vulture" in the film.