NEW SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Concept Art Reveals The Scrapped/Planned Return of Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes

NEW SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Concept Art Reveals The Scrapped/Planned Return of Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes NEW SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Concept Art Reveals The Scrapped/Planned Return of Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes

New, unused concept art from Spider-Man: No Way Home, reveals a planned cameo featuring Peter Parker enlisting the assistance of Micheal Keaton's Adrian Toomes

By JonathanDan - Sep 24, 2023 12:09 AM EST
Filed Under: No Way Home
Source: The Direct

Amongst all the tedious multiversal shenanigans that were occuring throughout Spider-Man: No Way Home; it did not stop there, for new, unused concept art from the film reveals Tom Holland's Peter Parker enlisting the assistance of a former foe from Spider-Man: Homecoming!

Much like in The Flash, Michael Keaton was set to reprise his role as The Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming, in an effort to uncharacteristically help Peter Parker rehabilitate the multiversal assimilaited Sinister Six bunch. 

It goes without saying that seeing Keaton play Adrian Toomes once again following the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming would have been engaging - of course considering the last we saw of Toomes at that point in the Marvel timeline was in prison; discussing plans with Mac Gargan about forming a Sinister Six group of their own.

Though that opportunity may have come to pass, concept artist Phil Saunders explains why the scene never came to fruition, and elaborates on the humor that would have came from seeing Spider-Man interact with his foes the way the art depicts all the actors:

“On any project of this complexity, the script will go through numerous changes as story direction adapts to the greater MCU plan and challenges such as actor availability. An early version of Spiderman: No Way Home had Peter enlisting the aid of a former foe in rehabilitating the captured multiverse villains. Much fun would have been had watching him frog-march the multiversal miscreants across town with the help of Doc Ock's hacked tentacles. It was a great joy to try to capture the diverse attitudes of these incredible actors.”

This is not the first instance of Keaton's Adrian Toomes' planned involvement in No Way Home, for concept art revealing Keaton's Adrian Toomes to be present in Aunt May's death was released back in January.

Would you have liked to see Michael Keaton reprise his role as Adiran Toomes to help Peter rehabilitate the multiversal villains?

With Spider-Man's identity now revealed, our friendly neighborhood web-slinger is unmasked and no longer able to separate his normal life as Peter Parker from the high stakes of being a superhero. When Peter asks for help from Doctor Strange, the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is a 2021 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film was directed by Jon Watts and written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.

It stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man alongside Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire.

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kazuma - 9/24/2023, 1:00 AM
I always found it weird that none of the villains were Holland villains. Like, replace either Sandman or Lizard with Vulture.
Taonrey - 9/24/2023, 3:57 AM
@kazuma - definitely was a weird choice
Taonrey - 9/24/2023, 3:57 AM
@kazuma - tobey not having a moment with Norman is even weirder
MatteMan - 9/24/2023, 4:51 AM
@Taonrey - In my view, they had a brief moment together. By stopping Tom from killing green goblin, he not only saved him but saved Norman as well.
SheepishOne - 9/24/2023, 10:31 AM
@kazuma - I really think they should have worked out a plot that involved two villains from each Spider-Man universe.

Goblin and Ock from Tobey-verse

Electro and Lizard from Garfield-verse

And then Vulture and Mysterio from Holland-verse.

You wouldn't have to change muuuuch from the plot to incorporate Vulture and Mysterio. Just give Vulture the Sandman role and use Mysterio to be the sort of counter-strange who reveals he is alive and uses his illusions to break the other villains free from their respective containments. Then just make Mysterio a puppet master of sorts working on his own to ensure the villains do their worst to Holland Spidey.
kazuma - 9/24/2023, 12:26 PM
@Taonrey - Yeah, that never made sense. People kept clamoring on about how Green Goblin was such a great villain in No Way Home, when he had almost zero interaction with HIS spiderman.
Order66 - 9/24/2023, 1:01 AM
Too bad Toomes is stuck in the shitty ass SPUMC universe, which makes no sense because that’s not how Strange’s spell is suppose to work. Shame on Sony for dropping the ball on that one. That is like some fox level story contradiction bs.
ObserverIO - 9/24/2023, 4:25 AM
@Order66 - They fixed it in Across the Spider-verse. When he says "It's got something to do with Spider-Man" we all thought he meant Tom Holland, but now we can infer that to mean Miles instead.

Across the Spider-verse literally had a Vulture appear in the wrong dimension because of the events of the first film and stated that this had been happening all across the spider-verse.
dracula - 9/24/2023, 1:12 AM
sucks thanks to sony we never got anything out of him knowing Peter's identity.
VictorAlonzo - 9/24/2023, 2:40 AM
5 villains in a Spider-Man movie is a cruel joke.
ObserverIO - 9/24/2023, 4:27 AM
@VictorAlonzo - Just one more villain would have done it. Just one more!

I guess there was Venom too, but he was drunk in a bar somewhere.
Fogs - 9/24/2023, 5:29 AM
@ObserverIO - Mysterio should've lived. It would be perfect cause the whole movie happened because of him.
ObserverIO - 9/24/2023, 6:55 AM
@Fogs - And that was the original plan I think. There was some concept art with Mysterio in the third act Statue of Liberty battle. And all the 'Mysterio was right'/'Mysterio Lives' in the production design seems to point to that too.

Fogs - 9/24/2023, 7:37 AM
@ObserverIO - suddenly you have other heroes attacking them, peter 2 and 3 are terrified and Tom says "wait, they're not real!" and Mysterio appears. Would be boss, even if this new one was from another universe.
Spike101 - 9/24/2023, 5:31 AM
Oh why they didn’t do this and or Mysterio I can’t understand?
SuperSpiderMan5 - 9/24/2023, 11:09 AM
They ruined his character in Morbius. Where do we go from there?
Forthas - 9/24/2023, 11:54 AM
I actually think I would prefer Keaton's Adrian Toomes over his Batman. I liked both characters but I found his turn as Adrian Toomes much more interesting and the acting far better.
RedFury - 9/24/2023, 3:36 PM
@Forthas - Totally agree. I think Toomes was the best villain the MCU spidey has featured. He was the most actualized character in terms of his motivation, fall to evil, and presence. Mysterio was cool, and it was neat to see the other spiderman villains again. But Toomes just seemed like he was a real person, rather than just being evil for the sake of being evil.

It was a missed opportunity not to include him in NWH. Even if they had to shuffle a bunch of stuff around to make it work, I think it would have only added to the film.
Forthas - 9/24/2023, 3:50 PM
@RedFury - Agree 100% with everything you wrote!

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