Michael Keaton will take on the role of Spider-Man’s main adversary Vulture in the upcoming reboot of the superhero franchise.
Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige revealed the Batman star will be returning to the superhero universe.
Keaton will play one of Peter Parker’s oldest foes in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
“We’ve had a wish list, and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor Ragnarok, Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos,” Feige told the Toronto Sun.
Keaton rose to fame in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman as the cape crusader alongside Jack Nicholson’s Joker.
He reprised the role three years later to fight Danny DeVito’s Penguin in Batman Returns.
In 2014, he won an Oscar for his role as an ageing actor who rose to fame for his portrayal of Birdman – a flying, telekinetic superhero.
Keaton’s full return to the genre has been long-awaited by fans, and makes him the latest in a list of Oscar-winning actors to join the Marvel cinematic universe.
The actor will play Adrian Toomes, aka Vulture, a former electronics engineer who designs a special harness that allows him to fly and gives him enhanced strength.
The Vulture will be the main adversary in Sony Pictures’ upcoming reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming.
It is the third time Marvel has tried to rebuild the Spider-Man franchise.
British actor Tom Holland will take on the role of “your friendly neighbour” Peter Parker in his first standalone film – after a brief cameo in this year’s Captain America: Civil War.
African-American actress Zendaya has also been cast, amid some controversy over rumours she would play Spider-Man’s love interest Mary Jane Watson, who was originally depicted as white.
“Of course there’s going to be outrage over that because for some reason some people just aren’t ready,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m like, ‘I don’t know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it’s beautiful, and that’s what should be reflected and that’s what is reflected so you’re just going to have to get over it.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit UK theatres on 7 July, 2017.