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Spider-Man’s first solo movie under the Marvel/Disney banner is just less than a year away from swinging into theaters, set to be released July 7th, 2017  Actor Tom Holland and the rest of Spider-Man cast & crew have been hard at work filming. Already a month into the production of this  “Johns Hughes inspired” labeled superhero movie, new details continue to emerge; including the announcement of a newly cast villain. 

Deadline reports Michael Chernus as joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, playing a second villain opposite Michael Keaton‘s Vulture.

Chernus, who is most recognized for playing Cal Chapman on Orange Is The New Black, will play The Tinkerer. Who the deuce is The Tinkerer? Well, in short, he’s a bad guy who tinkers, hence the moniker. For those not quite read up on their Spider-Man lore, The Tinkerer was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, first appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #2 published in April 1963. This early Spider-Man villain is a brilliant inventor and technician who runs a shop designing gadgets and tech for supervillains and criminals behind the facade of a radio repair shop. Notable Spider-Man villains that he’s helped out include Mysterio, Scorpion, Black Cat, and many more.

Before everyone has a flashback to the overstuffed  villain burrito that was Spider-man 3, it’s not sounding like The Tinkerer will have a significant role. Coming out of San Diego Comic Con, there has been a lot of talk about The Vulture bird-suit and high-tech weaponry. It’s reasonable to assume that this newly announced inclusion of The Tinkerer is but a  small villain cameo. He mainly creates technology for other villains so… aka he’s the guy that makes The Vulture fly.
And those bemoaning that The Tinkerer wasn’t cast as an old guy, to be fair, Tinkerer was fairly younger and slightly chubbier in the Ultimate Universe. But go ahead, carry on with your rabble, rabble, rabble.

Spider-Man: Homecoming thwips into theaters on July 7, 2017.

Category: Film