For a good few months now, it's been widely reported that the main villain in upcoming superhero movie Spider-Man: Homecoming would be existing character Vulture, supposedly played by Michael Keaton. But now there seems to be much more emphasis on another Marvel Comics supervillain...
Back in June, it was announced that Fargo actor Bokeem Woodbine had joined the growing cast, set to appear opposite Tom Holland, who will reprise his role as Peter Parker, but his character was being kept under wraps.
However, with some handy hints from Marvel, keen Spidey lovers quickly deduced that the 43-year-old would be playing Herman Schultz aka Shocker, an electrical engineer-turned-criminal. Now, Woodbine has been spotted on-set as the character, giving fans a first look at his costume.
In the comics, Shocker always wore a predominantly yellow suit with a v-shaped skull cap-hat on his head. These seem to have been kept in the most recent costume design albeit with some updates, as are his metal gauntlets which are the source of his powers. His whole look is influenced by the force of the vibro-shock weapons too, as while they enable him to electrocute his enemies, the vibrations are so powerful he has to wear the heavily insulated suit whenever he's using them.
Both Shocker and Vulture have yet to be seen on the big screen , so it will be interesting to see Spider-Man face a new foe. Across Sony Pictures' outings, fans have seen the character go up against well-known villains such as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Venom, Lizard, Electro and the Green Goblin.
Directed by Jon Watts and also starring Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Angourie Rice, Hannibal Buress, Donald Glover and Robert Downey Jr, Spider-Man: Homecoming began shooting back in late June in Atlanta, Georgia and is scheduled to be released in the US on 7 July 2017 and the UK on 28 July.
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