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The gang led by Adrian Toomes.
Adrian Toomes / Vulture
Portrayed By: Michael Keaton
Voiced By: René García (Latin-American Spanish Dub), Bernard Lanneau (French)
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
- "Eight years without any trouble from those bozos over at Stark Tower, and then this little bastard in red tights shows up, and he thinks he can tear down everything I've built! We're gonna put 'em outta business! We're gonna take everything they got!"
The blue collar head of a salvaging company who turns to crime after the Department of Damage Control (a government organization co-founded by Tony Stark) threatens to run him out of business. Toomes's modus operandi is to steal tech scavenged from the Avengers' various fights (starting with the Battle of New York) and sell it on the black market, doing so with a winged flying suit built for him by his employee Phineas Mason.
- Accidental Murder: After Brice is unrepentant of his screw-ups drawing Spider-Man to him, Toomes kicks him out. Brice starts making threats about snitching, so Toomes grabs what he thinks is a newly-completed anti-gravity gun, intending to discipline him by Wreaking Havok — only it turns out to be some kind of Disintegrator Ray which reduces the idiot to ashes. Everyone present is a little freaked out for a moment, but they quickly shrug it off; Toomes then passes Brice's gear to Schultz, dubbing him the new Shocker.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: The comic book version of Vulture is a lot more wrinkled and bald, whereas this version looks like he's passed middle-age not too long ago. Albeit the constant wearing of the helmet mask does actually wrinkle his face to make him look like that.
- Adaptational Badass:
- The comic Vulture's traditional costume boils down to a green bodysuit, a feather boa, and feather-styled wings strapped to his arms, forcing him to flap them like a bird to fly anywhere, which fans have mocked for quite a few years. This Vulture sports a fur-necked bomber's jacket, a creepy glowing-eyed mechanical battle mask, intimidating hydraulic-lifter "talons" on his feet, and an enormous mechanical set of "wings" mounted on his back, complete with turbines, blades and taloned feet. And then at the film's climax he upgrades to an even bigger and scarier-looking set of wings.
- It even applies when one looks at Adrian Toomes without the suit. In the comics, Adrian for most of his appearances is just an old decrepit man without it, whereas this version is younger to begin with and pretty spry for his age too, almost flooring a government official in the movie's opening scene, and generally being a cunning ringleader rather than a one-note villain. While it never really gets commented on in the movie, he is a competent marksman too, cutting Spider-Man's webbing thread from a large distance with one shot.
- Additionally, thanks to Mason, this Toomes has access to a few extraterrestrial perks — e.g., his Anti-Gravity Gun and his Matter Phase Shifter.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Zigzagged. His comic counterpart had the engineering skills to build his own wingsuit. The MCU's Toomes has to rely on Mason to design and upgrade his tech, but displays impressive personal ingenuity (he quickly figures out how to best disassemble Chitari tech with their own gear), the cunning necessary to operate for years without drawing attention from both the authorities and Avengers, and has some degree of engineering ability when he's seen doing metal work on his tech.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: While he's still a villain, he's far more noble than his comics counterpart. In the comics he's an unapologetic crook who happens to care for his family. This incarnation plays up his redeeming traits; he's a dedicated family man, he cares for his employees/goons, and he has a lot more reasons to do what he does. However, this does not make him any less vicious than his original counterpart.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: In the comics, Tony Stark played no part in creating the Vulture and he did not hold such a personal hatred towards him.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In the comics, Vulture used an anti-gravity pack while he flapped with his wings to get from place to place. MCU Vulture's wings are mechanical and utilize jet propulsion turbine engines. He can also use the wings themselves offensively to slash or stab at enemies.
- Affably Evil: He might be a crook, and an occasionally ruthless one at that, but he does what he does to protect his family and co-workers' livelihoods. He's even willing to offer Peter the option to just walk away despite Peter more or less ruining his operation, and keeps Peter's identity a secret at the end of the film out of respect for saving his daughter's life, and later his own.
- Age Lift: Downplayed. He's in his 60s in the film, whereas the comics Toomes is a bit older.
- Animal Motifs: He models himself after vultures, and like the bird of prey, he's a scavenger, taking bits and pieces of technology left over from the Avengers' battles to repurpose into powerful weapons for criminals.
- Anti-Villain: This applies if his own word is to believed and he really was just selling weapons the whole time so his family could live comfortably. Considering the fact that he makes the argument even when Spider-Man isn't present and him losing the contract to salvage after the Battle of New York is shown in its entirety it's very likely he's being truthful.
- Arch-Enemy: He sees Tony Stark as his, even though he doesn't actually look for a fight with him, knowing it could bring down the wrath of the Avengers, which he cant fight back against.
- Arms Dealer: He and his gang sell advanced weaponry to criminals, which is what puts them on Spider-Man's radar in the first place.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: He's able to put together that Peter is Spider-Man after having encountered his human identity and realizing they have the same voice and personality, along with some hints from Liz about Peter disappearing whenever Spider-Man is active and Peter's inconsistencies with his responses.
- Became Their Own Antithesis: Adrian Toomes detests Tony Stark for being a weapons manufacturer that suddenly has a change of heart and gets rewarded while his own livelihood is destroyed by Stark... So Toomes becomes a weapons manufacturer himself to make a living.
- Benevolent Boss: He looks after his goons, who used to be fellow employees at his salvaging company. Just don't threaten his family. It won't end well.
- Big Bad: He's the one leading the criminal ring Peter battles throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming.
- Big Fancy House: Lives in a very expensive looking home.
- Book-Ends: The start and conclusion of his supervillain career involve him getting screwed over by Tony Stark. In the beginning, when Damage Control (recently created by Tony) took over his lucrative contract to clean up after the Battle of New York and at the end where his reckless attempt to steal a crate full of arc reactors with his damaged wing suit almost gets him killed.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Is given his powers by a flight-enabling wingsuit similar to The Falcon's. The helmet itself is based on an RAF Prototype Helmet◊.
- Cold Ham: In contrast to the usual Evil Is Hammy, he's never over-the-top when near the hero, aside from some smirks while talking to Peter in the car. In fact, Adrian mostly employs a threatening but calm tone. That being said, when dealing with his gang, he lets it loose at times, whether happy ("business is good") or angry, like his outburst after throwing Spider-Man in the river.
- Color Motif: Closely associated with green, his bomber jacket is a dark shade of green and his visor has two glowing green 'eyes'. Camera shots inside his visor also provide an eerie green glow.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Toomes, as the Consummate Professional he is, sees codenames as way too 'pro wrestling' for his tastes. Despite this, Tony and Spidey do call him "the flying vulture guy" even if he never calls himself this.
- Comes Great Responsibility: A villainous variant; Toomes is ultimately responsible for his employees, and his turn to crime is mostly motivated by keeping them employed (with the other part being getting even with Tony Stark).
- Composite Character:
- Has the namesake and older age of Adrian Toomes, the Mainstream Universe Vulture, but is a professional criminal and receives his wingsuit from Phineas Mason as opposed to inventing it himself like Blackie Drago, the Ultimate Universe Vulture. Related to the Ultimate universe, he takes the Blob's role as the father of Liz Allan.
- He's also a flying supervillain in a demonic outfit who, to Peter's astonishment, turns out to be the father of one of his close friends. All of this invokes Norman Osborn minus the insanity and lack of any rational schemes and planning.
- He's a "working class" villain who isn't interested in villainy itself outside of making a living and taking care of himself and his family. This brings to mind the Shocker, surprisingly enough.
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
- He's a far-cry from most of MCU's past Big Bads but in line with Phase 3 (such as Zemo, Killmonger, Ghost). He has principles and a degree of honor he abides by. He was a law-abiding citizen without a criminal record (as confirmed by Karen when she first scans Toomes at the Ferry) who turned to villainy out of real grievances. He truly loves his family and cares for them.
- He's a particularly notable contrast to Ego from the preceding MCU film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Ego was, beneath his gregarious facade, an omnicidal monster who murdered his own children and had no issue with wiping out all life in the universe. Toomes is a genuinely benevolent family man who loves his wife and daughter and has a code of honor and is generally just a normal guy who happens to be a supervillain. The two couldn't be more different.
- Cool Old Guy: He may be evil but he's still a benevolent family man with a code of honor. Also he's played by Michael Keaton, making him this by default. In his scene with Peter, before he learns who he is, he comes across as an affable Dad who is pleased at Peter's general responsibility (i.e. refusing to drink because he's underage).
- Cowboys and Indians:
- Discussed, with Toomes commenting that that's what they always used to play when he was a kid, before all this superhero stuff took over; Mason hesitantly tries to correct him that "Native Americans" is the accepted term now, but he isn't listening.
- Ironically inverted when Toomes becomes the Vulture, the epitome of a No-Nonsense Nemesis and tells Peter upfront that he doesn't want to fight him, but will kill him if need be.
- Create Your Own Villain: Stark does, inadvertently. He co-founded a government agency to help with disasters left in the wake of superhero battles. The joint organization, Damage Control, voided Toomes' legal contract without compensating him, when he had invested (gone "all-in" as he tells them) heavily into what he saw as his big ticket. This radicalized Toomes into villainy, becoming an Arms Dealer who repurposes and sells the alien tech for a series of heists and then selling them to other criminals.
- Dark Is Evil: His suit is very dark in color.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's Michael Keaton in an MCU film. Of course he's this.
- Determinator: During the final battle he's so fixated on not going home empty-handed that he abandons all reason over Mason's objections that he should abort.
- Don't Make Me Destroy You: He thinks Peter is a good kid and would rather not harm him, but he warns Peter that if he gets in the way of his goals, he will not hesitate to kill him.
- Doting Parent: He clearly adores Liz.
- Eureka Moment: Has one after meeting Peter and hearing his daughter's complaints about his mysterious absences, quickly matching Peter's voice to Spider-Man. The exact moment that this happens is symbolized by the stoplight turning from red to green.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He has a family he cares about, and uses this to pull a Not So Different on Peter before threatening to kill his family because he knows how much it would hurt. This is because he's Liz Allan's dad.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Plenty, given his status as one of the MCU's most principled and sympathetic villains.
- It's made clear that Toomes became a criminal mainly to support his own family, a motivation that is implied to be shared by most of his fellow gang members, though later in the film he seems to care more about making money through his weapons trade than supporting his family. When confronting Brice, his tone makes it clear that he does not approve of Brice screwing around just for the hell of it when everyone else has justified motivation for their actions.
- While he wouldn't hesitate to kill Peter if he felt he had no choice, he openly respects the boy and is reluctant to kill him. At the entrance to the homecoming dance, Toomes offers Peter one last chance to walk away from interfering, a promise that, given his character's portrayal, he most certainly would have kept. This is shown again in the climax of the fight, where at one point he had Peter in his grasp and could easily have killed him, but chose to pursue his primary objective of the cargo instead, dropping him to the ground alive in the process (though this might have been his Fatal Flaw coming into play as well).
- He most certainly understands the concept of gratitude and thoroughly averts the Ungrateful Bastard trope. Part of the reason why he offered Peter a chance to walk away was because Spider-Man saved his daughter's life at Washington. And when Mac Gargan approaches him in prison to ask about Spider-Man's secret identity so that he can have his outside contacts kill him, Toomes lies and pretends not to know because Pete saved his own life as well.
- Evil Costume Switch: When he worked in clearing up devastated areas, he wore a blue-grey jumpsuit. He switched to a black bomber jacket after turning to crime, and then donned the monstrously large and dangerous Vulture wingsuit.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Homecoming co-producer Eric Hauserman Carroll likens him to a "dark Tony Stark." In fact, this ends up taking an interesting twist - he's not just Stark but eviler, but a pre-redemption Tony Stark without the wealth and background that made him a celebrity rather than a simple criminal, and while he's worse in some ways (theft, on-screen manslaughter), he's better in others (in that he actually has a proper reason for selling hideously lethal supertech to whoever will pay). To highlight the "Dark Tony Stark" element of the character, the film occasionally has in-helmet close-ups of Toomes, similar to how Tony's face is shown when he's wearing the Iron Man armor. But while Tony's face is fully shown and well-lit, the audience can only see Toome's eyes lit by an ominous green glow. Tony is also widely seen as Marvel's own Bruce Wayne, and guess who is playing Vulture, the OG Bruce himself.
- This version also comes off as being an evil version of MCU's Falcon, as both are bird-themed and utilize mechanical wings that enable flight, only Vulture uses his for evil. It's unknown which of their harnesses was created first. More amusingly, he has his own drone which looks dark and sinister, compared to Peter's friendly looking Droney.
- He can also be seen as one to Scott Lang. Both are family men who love their daughters, and originally had honest jobs before being forced to turn to a life of crime as thieves. Both got their hands on very powerful technology allowing them to be Impossible Thieves, however Scott reforms and uses his powers to become a hero, while Toomes stayed on as a super villain where his thieving finally led to his downfall.
- Evil Is Bigger: In terms of equipment, compared to the Falcon's wingsuit, the Vulture's is massive◊. Justified, as the Falcon's suit was originally designed for quick rescue missions whereas Vulture's suit was designed to carry extremely heavy advanced tech.
- Evil Is Hammy: Toomes averts this trope with extreme prejudice, even mocking Jackson calling himself The Shocker.
- Evil Is Not Well-Lit: His gang's base of operations is a warehouse without much light.
- Evil Old Folks: He's in his sixties but can still fight Peter at an even level.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: He has absolutely no intention of letting Liz know about his criminal career and wants her to have a life far removed from it.
- Evil Sounds Deep: A given given Keaton's flair to deepen his voice. Might count as a Shout-Out to Birdman where he used a similar voice for the title character. Noticeably, his voice is much more even when he's living his normal life and speaking with his family. Once he realizes Peter is Spider-Man, he begins to speak in a menacing and deep yet quiet voice.
- Evil Virtues: He's both highly loyal to his friends and a family man. Also not entirely devoid of honor.
- Family Values Villain: While he's a crook, he's a hardcore family man who puts their happiness above even his own.
- Fatal Flaw: Greed. He could have gotten away in the end if he wasn't insistent on stealing at least one case from the damaged airplane, causing himself to be trapped and crash along with it.
- A Father to His Men: Again, he tried to take care of the people who worked for him, though he has his limits.
- Following a similar pattern as the comics. He's a cynic, bitter old man who contrasts with Peter's youthful energy and idealism. However, they are not Not So Different in this case (both being concerned with their families and both coming from humble backgrounds).
- He's also one to Tony; while both are genius engineers who use flying Power Armor, Tony is a rich, young playboy who had little responsibility in his life before using Earth technology to become a superhero, while Adrian is a working-class, old family man who is driven to super-villainy largely because of his responsibility to his family using alien technology to build his suit.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Uses one during the battle on the Staten Island Ferry that accidentally ends up slicing it in half.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From glorified janitor and relief worker to super-villain gang leader.
- Future Copter: In addition to wings, his Vulture suit has VTOL rotors.
- Good Parents: Part of his motivation for criminal behavior is providing a comfortable life for his daughter, Liz. When Peter arrives for the Homecoming dance, he's a jovial guy doing the Overprotective Dad bit as if for fun. Though Peter does point out that his criminal activity is actually endangering his family, and the Vulture's insistence on taking risks is pretty irresponsible.
- Graceful Loser: When the cops capture him, he merely grins in amusement and keeps Spidey's identity to himself out of gratitude for saving both his daughter and him.
- Green and Mean: His wingsuit helmet has bright green eyes.
- Guttural Growler: His voice is quite low and rumbly, and is used to chilling effect once he deduces that Peter is Spider-Man.
- Happily Married: We don't see a lot of it, but what we do see of his married life would imply this.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: His flight suit for the Vulture includes a leather bomber jacket. It's suitably old-fashioned flying gear for an old-fashioned sort of guy, and the fur-lined collar also resembles a vulture's distinctive plumage.
- Honor Among Thieves: Toomes is fiercely dedicated to helping his goons in the criminal gang.
- He says he loves his family, doing his criminal acts as a way to keep income for them, and says that family is the most important thing in the world. But despite his love for his family he has no problem threatening someone else's family and friends. When he pieces together that Peter is Spider-Man he warns him to stay out of his way or he'll kill him and everyone he loves, including Spidey's family.
- He constantly characterizes himself as a working-class stiff picked on by the rich and powerful. But it's revealed near the end of the film that he owns a three-story, six+ bedroom, beautiful house in the New York suburbs - which would easily go for $10 million in reality, considering the real estate prices of that area. He hasn't been "working-class" for a long time, and he became a millionaire by exploiting actual working-class stiffs and endangering them with his arms dealing such as Mr. Delmar the Deli owner who gets hospitalized and has his property incinerated by Toomes' weapons. He's also been racketeering for eight years which means that he had plenty of time to at least try and go legit and consolidate some of his ill-gotten gains, but instead has gotten used to criminal life.
- He chastises Brice and other members of his gang for their dangerous activity attracting heat from the Feds and Tony Stark. Yet, he himself doesn't hesitate personally targeting and attacking a superhero, threatening said hero after learning his secret identity and his personal connection to the same Tony Stark, and then despite barely dodging a FBI sting, he still decides to take a big risk and personally rob the Avengers transport plane mid-flight.
- Hypocritical Humor: He derides Brice for using the name "Shocker"... And then foists the name on Schultz after killing Brice.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: He intends to shoot Brice with an anti-gravity gun when Brice threatens to snitch on the crew, but he ends up picking up something a touch more lethal.
- Imported Alien Phlebotinum: His suit incorporates technology left over from the Chitauri invasion of New York.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: It never really gets commented on, but he was able to use an alien gun to cut Spider-Man's web thread from several hunderds of meters away, while flying.
- Just a Gangster: By the mid-point of Homecoming, he has a lot of money, some control of his crew, and a potential way out of the original situation that led him to crime, but after spending so much time as a criminal who has successfully evaded notice and capture by the government and the Avengers, he finds it easier to simply threaten and kill a kid who is otherwise not in any position to move against him, and decides to outright rob an Avengers transport flight mid-delivery.
- Just Between You and Me: Once he discovers that Peter is Spider-Man, he threatens him in this fashion, casually letting him know that he knows the truth and that he will go after Peter's loved ones if he interferes with his plans.
- Justified Criminal: Toomes was a law-abiding citizen without a criminal record (as confirmed by Karen the Suit Lady when she scans him). He won the contract to clean up New York fair and square, then invested his life savings purchasing the equipment to do it, only for Stark's "Department of Damage Control" to steal the contract out from under him. He couldn't even re-sell the equipment, as the DDC snapped up every construction/clean-up job within a hundred miles. He thus justifies using the one truckload of scrap he was able to sneak off with to start a business as an arms dealer as the only path he believes is left to him - not just by Tony Stark, but by society in general. He genuinely wanted to make a living for his family and had been robbed of an honest way with which to do it. Doesn't mean he's not a criminal, but damn if he wasn't pushed far beyond the breaking point. This ultimately makes Peter turn down the offer of becoming an Avenger, preferring to help the little guy instead.Adrian Toomes: Look. I bought trucks for this job. I brought in a whole new crew. These guys have a family. I have a family. I'm all in on this. I could lose my house.
- Just Like Robin Hood: Toomes only wanted to get revenge on Stark Industries for stealing a high paying job from him and his workers. Toomes did this to help his employees and provide for his family, by converting the technology into weapons and selling it to other criminals.
- Karmic Death: Just barely subverted. His battle with Spider-Man ends with his own damaged flight suit (which he was warned about) exploding after trying to make off with a crate full of Stark tech in the burning skeleton of the plane he stole and crashed. He survives that to wind up pinned under the remains of the winged exoskeleton where he would have been crushed and suffocated to death (like he had tried to do with Peter earlier) if his enemy hadn't rescued him.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: An accidental version of this. He vaporizes Jackson Brice after mistaking a lethal weapon for the anti-gravity gun. Given that Brice was threatening to endanger his family, Adrian isn't that worked up about it, and neither was the rest of the crew nor the audience.
- Knight of Cerebus: Almost every time he and Peter run into each other, things turn serious, uncomfortable, or dangerous. Or all of the above.
- Knight Templar Parent: Considering the lengths he's willing to for his family (i.e. stealing alien technology and then selling it as weapons to criminals), he firmly falls into this territory.
- Know When to Fold 'Em:
- Bails out on a job immediately when the feds show up. He's careful never to let any authorities get wind of his actions.
- Conversely, he's so pissed by the final battle that he becomes fixated on not leaving empty-handed, which proves to be his downfall.
- Leitmotif: Has a rather impressive one that wouldn't sound entirely out of place in the '60s cartoon.
- Meaningful Name: Unlike his comics counterpart, whose name is more or less arbitrary, this Vulture, like the bird, is a scavenger. He is introduced literally taking apart the corpse of a giant Chitauri monster.
- Additionally, his last name "Toomes" is similar to the word "tombs".
- Moral Myopia: He claims that all of his actions are for the sake of his family and friends, and he has no problem threatening the lives of Peter's loved ones and also doesn't really seem to care who buys his weapons as long as they don't leave a trail.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: Zig-zagged. His costume is definitely darker than what the Vulture wears in the comics, but there's still green in it.
- Mythology Gag:
- The Vulture and The Tinkerer were introduced in the same issue of The Amazing Spider-Man way back in 1963, albeit in separate stories. They're also two of the earliest villains Spider-Man ever fought (pre-dating the likes of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin), which works well with the younger version of Peter Parker portrayed in the film.
- The collar on his flight jacket is meant to mimic the white ruff of feathers the Vulture has on his costume in the comics. During the climax, he ditches his helmet, making him look even more like the comic Vulture.
- The taloned feet on the Vulture suit were taken from The Spectacular Spider-Man.
- Noble Demon: Overall, he's a rather principled man. His main goal is stealing, and just that, so he doesn't hurt anyone he doesn't have to (tellingly, he only kills one person in the entire movie and by complete accident). Also shows to have his own personal code of honor, particularly when it comes to gratitude, such as initially letting Peter go when he learned he's Spider-Man for saving Liz's life, and later refusing to divulge his secret identity for saving his own.
- Noisy Robots: His suit makes a robotic noise when he turns around.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: After the years he's spent maintaining his anonymity, he has no interest in any "cops and robbers" routine with a superhero. He wants Spider-Man either dead or permanently off his back.
- Not So Different: As he tells Peter, both of them do what they do out of a desire to protect their families and loved ones. He also points out Tony Stark gained his fortune through arms dealing, just like what he's been doing. On a darker note, they are both driven by some degree of selfishness (Toomes for his family and men; he doesn't really seem to care who gets his weapons or what they do with them so long as they don't do anything to call attention to him and everyone gets paid, and Peter for his obsessive need to prove himself to Stark) and are responsible for large amounts of collateral damage.
- One Last Job: Supposedly, his attempt to hijack the plane carrying Avenger tech was going to be this, but given his avarice, it's hard to tell.
- Overprotective Dad: Invokes this trope to have a private conversation with Peter once he's realized he's Spider-Man by telling his daughter that he needs to have "the Dad talk" with him.
- Papa Wolf: Liz comes first, second, and third. He will do anything to protect her and keep her safe, and is very grateful to Peter for protecting her.
- Pet the Dog:
- He's a family man through and through, and a good business leader to his "employees", even though he's a criminal. Overall, he's one of the most sympathetic antagonists in the setting.
- He has the opportunity to reveal who Spider-Man is to Mac Gargan, but he opts not to take it since Peter saved his daughter's life and his own.
- Playing the Victim Card: He justifies his actions by believing he's just taking what he's owed. This is something Michael Keaton commented on;"Some people see themselves as victims. He sees himself like that. He has a probably strong arguement that he never got a fair shot. A lot of "Why not me?", "Where's mine?"".
- Powered Armor: His wingsuit is a downplayed example - it doesn't cover all that much of him, mostly leaving him with a helmet, heavy leathers, and his wings to defend himself, but it does include a powered exoskeleton over his legs that lets him carry enormous weights with the claws on his feet while still having his hands free to defend himself.
- Pragmatic Villainy: What kept him in business as an arms dealer for nearly a decade/half a decade Note is keeping below the radar and not drawing the attention of the FBI or the Avengers, stealing only what will not be missed and selling only to discrete clients. Brice acting like a supervillain and firing alien weapons in public really pisses him off.
- Punch-Clock Villain: His reason to turning to crime was because he needed the money after Tony accidentally destroyed his job. Subverted in that he becomes a true supervillain for Revenge over said job.
- Punny Name: "Toomes" sounds like "tombs", a Meaningful Name, given that he's not too averse to killing and is styled after a certain scavenging bird.
- Razor Wings: His suit's wings double as bladed weapons.
- Related in the Adaptation: He's Liz Allan's dad in this movie.
- Remember the New Guy?: He's supposedly been active as a criminal for 8 years in the MCU, but has never been seen or mentioned until Spider-Man shows up. Justified in that Vulture and his gang have gone to great lengths to keep a low-profile. In the MCU, the fact that SHIELD was taken out from its former role as series overseer, the Sokovia Accords dividing and leashing the Avengers' jurisdiction, and Tony's focus on cosmic threats, created a big fog for him to go low similar to how the Mob and other criminal organizations benefited from the Post-9/11 shift in focus to global terrorism.
- The Resenter: Adrian has a clear distaste for the rich (like Tony Stark) and the powerful (also like Tony Stark) and their privileges and this desire to stick it to them motivates his villainy, in part. Tellingly, he uses his ill-gotten gains to buy a Big Fancy House.
- The Reveal: It turns out he's Liz's father.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He is still the main villain of Spidey's movie and still faces him, but his vendetta is (initially) against Iron Man, while Spidey is (initially) just in his way.
- Save the Villain: Peter Parker saves him when he becomes trapped under flaming rubble. He is grateful for this and returns the favor by refusing to reveal Spider-Man's identity to Mac Gargan a.k.a. Scorpion.
- Secret Keeper: He has the opportunity to tell Mac Gargan who Spider-Man really is, but he doesn't take it.
- Sunk Cost Fallacy: His ultimate undoing. If he had just cut his losses and left instead of trying to leave with something, he most likely would have escaped successfully, but no, he had to have something to show for his efforts.
- Superhero Movie Villains Die: Just barely averted. He was going to be killed by a combination of his malfunctioning wing suit and the contents of the crate he was carrying but Spider-Man pulls him out in time.
- Technically a Smile: He cracks a couple of awkward, teeth-baring smiles when driving Peter and Liz to school, having realized that his daughter's date is Spider-Man.
- Theme Music Power-Up: Toomes' Start of Darkness is set to "Can't You Hear Me Rocking?" by The Rolling Stones. A song about the underclass crying against the privileged hedonists about their suffering and resentment, and how they are knocking, "all around your town".
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: When not running his gang, he's a typical suburban dad who loves his family and spends his spare time doing things around the house. Peter is absolutely stunned when he meets him at Liz's house and witnesses him acting like a normal parent.
- Underestimating Badassery: Tony Stark dismisses the Vulture as "below the pay grade" of the Avengers and delegates the task to bringing him in to the FBI. But the Vulture has for 8 years evaded the Avengers at the height of its power (i.e. the period in which they took out HYDRA and before Ultron), successfully laid Beneath Suspicion of most criminal justice organizations, repurposed alien tech to create flight armor with similar capabilities to Tony (i.e. wings that can be remote control and operate by itself, which evaded Stane and Vanko, to cite the villains of Iron Man's solo adventures), and had it not been for Peter would have succeeded in robbing the vein of the Avengers big weapon cache mid-flight. His criminal organization is also multi-state, stretching from New York to Maryland.
- Villain Has a Point: He was completely right about Peter having no idea how far in over his head he was and also about his very black-and-white understanding of life. Yeah, Peter was right to try and keep those alien weapons from getting out onto the street and into the hands of truly bad people who could do some truly major damage with them, but at the same time, Toomes was, at the core, a man whose entire livelihood had been upended who was just trying to provide his family with a comfortable life. His gripe with Tony Stark for putting him out of business and his anger over the fact that he was brushed aside by the authorities who didn't care that he invested all his savings into a business they were destroying are also well-founded.
- Villainous Underdog: He's an old working-class guy with repurposed gadgets (that he doesn't entirely understand and control) going against the security of Tony Stark, the Avengers, SHIELD and the young super-powered Spider-Man. The fact that his Vulture suit doesn't even appear to be designed for combat, but rather theft and salvaging materials, makes him come off as even more of an underdog.
- Villain Respect: He comes to respect Peter for his tenacity and for saving his life at the end rather than letting him die. Because of this, Toomes decides not to sell him out to Gargan at the end.
- Weak, but Skilled: In contrast to Spider-Man being Unskilled, but Strong. Vulture isn't superhuman, and relies on a suit of Powered Armor that is designed for lifting/salvaging rather than direct combat, and overall is less agile and likely weaker compared to Spider-Man going all-out (who is established to have a 25-ton casual lifting strength, and can exceed 50 or even 130 tons with effort). However, Vulture is a hardened criminal, knows how to fight, doesn't hold back, and can make the very most of what his suit is capable of. Compare this to Spider-Man, who for all of his strength, speed, agility and reflexes, has as much experience as a 15-year-old kid who's never actually fought and barely knows what he's doing. This makes him the overdog to the inexperienced Spider-Man, despite his inherent disadvantages.
- What You Are in the Dark: When he's in prison at the end of the film, he has the chance to spill Spider-Man's true identity to Mac Gargan without anyone knowing about it. He chooses not to.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: From a bunch of scavenged technology put together by Phineas Mason, who is Vulture's gadget man.
- Working-Class Hero: He sees himself as a guy making ends meet and providing for his family, despite not doing anything "heroic" (beyond this at least). He manages this worldview by casting Tony Stark as the villain in his life, and on meeting Spider-Man notes, that the latter has more in common with him than Tony Stark.Adrian Toomes: "Those people, Pete, those people up there — the rich and the powerful — they do whatever they want. Guys like us, like you and me, they don't care about us. We build their roads, and we fight all their wars and everything, but they don't care about us. We have to pick up after them. We have to eat their table scraps. That's how it is. I know you know what I'm talking about, Peter."
- Worthy Opponent: Toomes grows rather fond of Spider-Man's grit, as he describes it, and Peter develops a certain kind of respect for him himself, which is part of why he saves Toomes's life at considerable personal risk.
- Would Hurt a Child: He directly threatens to kill the fifteen-year-old Peter and his loved ones, and soon makes it clear that while the latter part was probably a bluff, the former definitely wasn't.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: In the third act of Homecoming, he has a lot of contingency plans in place for his big heist. After figuring out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, he first tells Peter that he'll let the boy go off if he stays away from his plan to hijack an Avengers jet. When that doesn't work, it's revealed that he had a backup plan — have the Shocker stick around and keep Spider-Man busy long enough for him to pull off the heist. When Shocker is defeated, he lures Peter into an empty area of his building and uses his wingsuit to cause the building to collapse on Spider-Man. And when Spider-Man manages to get out of that anyway, that's when he resorts to a one-on-one fight. He very nearly would have succeeded had it not been for his own greed.
- You Are What You Hate: Despite being a loving father and husband who provides for his family, Toomes has become just like the rich he looks upon with disdain; he lives in a luxurious home, manufactures and sells dangerous weapons, has more money than he knows what to do with, and isn't as noble as he makes himself out to be. Whereas Stark risks his life to protect the world, Toomes uses his inventions for his own benefit, and that of his small crew, and while Tony had his hangups, he at least didn't try to murder a child.
Phineas Mason / The Tinkerer
Portayed By: Michael Chernus
Voiced By: Mauricio Pérez (Latin-American Spanish Dub)
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
A mechanic who works closely with Toomes. He's able to make gadgets of all sorts out of common household objects.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: While Tinkerer and Vulture were originally introduced in the same issue, neither of their stories had anything to do with one another. Here, he's an employee of Toomes who built him the flight suit.
- Age Lift: Unlike his elderly counterpart in the comics, this Tinkerer is much younger.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Tinkerer is a savant with technology, has an awkward yet polite speech pattern, mostly quiet, he swiped alien technology to examine (before joining Vulture) and often corrects people with phrasing. He also looked through Vulture's phone despite being told not to and describes himself as "curious by nature". Suggesting that Mason is somewhere on the Autism spectrum.
- Arms Dealer: He helps create advanced supervillain weaponry for the Vulture, which is then sold to criminals.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Mason frequently bugs a reluctant Toomes about working on a high altitude vacuum seal for his wingsuit, getting rebuffed the first two times before Spider-Man's repeated interference makes him relent. The vaccuum seal is deployed during the gang's climactic heist - the mid-air hijacking of a Stark Industries plane loaded with Avengers tech.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's never called "the Tinkerer" at any point during the film. Only the credits refer to him as The Tinkerer.
- Composite Character: He's Phineas Mason like the classic Tinkerer, but like Elijah Stern, the Ultimate Marvel Tinkerer, a decade or two younger.
- Evil Counterpart:
- He is this to Tony Stark. Just as Iron Man provides technology and advice to Peter, Mason allies himself with the Vulture and contributes to his schemes with his gadgets.
- The film also props up a parallel between him and Ned Leeds, both being the overweight nerdy friends and loyal companions who encourage their friends to go on superpowered deeds. Notably, both he and Ned act as "the chair guy".
- Evil Genius: A villainous technowizard.
- Fat Bastard: He's a heavyset guy who does the gadget work for a gang of criminals. On the other hand, he's not much of a Jerkass.
- Gadgeteer Genius: His main claim is that he can make gadgets. However, he — a MacGyvering working-class engineer, not an MIT graduate like Stark or a prodigy like Parker — has successfully turned the Imported Alien Phlebotinum they've stolen into revolutionary devices such as Toomes' flight suit.
- Justified Criminal: Like his boss, he believes himself to be one, as the company he worked for went out of business due to Stark's "Department of Damage Control" stealing the contract to clean up New York after the Chitauri invasion out from under them and snapping up every construction/clean-up job within a hundred miles. Like Toomes, he thus justifies using the one truckload of scrap they were able to sneak off with to start a business as an arms dealer as the only path left to them - not just by Tony Stark, but by society in general.
- Karma Houdini: He presumably escaped the final battle unscathed, as Spider-Man likely never knew about him.
- Mission Control: Mason operates as Adrian's computer man, keeping him updated on the mission from afar.
- Mundane Utility: At the beginning of the scene where Brice gets fired, Mason is seen using the vacuum seal to put a hole in the refrigerator to get a can of soda.
- Mythology Gag:
- The Vulture and The Tinkerer were introduced in the same issue of The Amazing Spider Man way back in 1963, albeit in separate stories. They're also two of the earliest villains Spider-Man ever fought (pre-dating the likes of Doctor Octopus and the Green Goblin), which works well with the younger version of Peter Parker portrayed in the film.
- His gadgets being reverse-engineered from Chitauri tech is likely a reference to the fact that in his first appearance, the Tinkerer was an alien disguised as an old man. For some reason.
- Non-Action Guy: A crucial part of Toomes' operations, but strictly a non-combatant.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's very calm and collected, never has any Jerkass or Kick the Dog moments in Homecoming. Of course, since he's also a Justified Criminal.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He is the one who keeps insisting in doing the "High Altitude Job" — which is the one that ends up getting Toomes captured.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He's last seen closing his computer screen after Vulture's plan goes off the rails. As Spider-Man never met him and probably doesn't even know of his existence, he likely escaped justice. Additional material created for the Homecoming Blu-Ray suggests that his role may serve as a Sequel Hook for future tech-based Spider-Man villains.
Herman Schultz / Shocker II
Portayed By: Bokeem Woodbine
Voiced By: Dan Osorio (Latin-American Spanish Dub)
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
- "I love it. They keep making messes, we keep getting rich."
A former employee of Toomes' business. After Damage Control ran them out of business, he stuck with Toomes' gang, eventually coming to use a modified gauntlet stolen from Lagos.
- Adaptational Dumbass: While not portrayed as outright dumb, this Shocker lacks the genius inventor status he had in the comics, where he invented his own gauntlets. He was also an expertly pragmatic tactician who's evaded capture many different times. Here, the gauntlet was given to him, and he was actually the second to use it after Jackson. That, and he gets foiled by Ned borrowing Peter's webshooter.
- Adaptation Origin Connection:
- Shocker was originally introduced years after the Vulture was in the original comics, and the two characters were completely unrelated. Here, Schultz worked for Toomes before becoming one of his goons, and he gets some of the spare gear that the Vulture's used before.
- His gauntlet is one of the ones originally used by Crossbones during the Lagos incident, salvaged and upgraded by Toomes' gang. In the comics, The Shocker invented his own gauntlets and he and Crossbones have absolutely no connection to one another.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the original comics, while he's not a threat on the level of, say, Doc Ock or any of the Goblins, the Shocker knew how to use his gauntlets very well, and consistently gave Spidey a hard time, with a solid track record against the wall crawler to the point where it was actually pretty rare to see him just go down after a short fight. In the film however, he's a much worse fighter than his comic book counterpart, being dispatched fairly easily each time he fights Spider-Man, and the only time he does well is when he knocks his web shooters off and is beaten almost instantly when Ned shoots him with one of them and Peter gets them back.
- Justified in that the movie version lacks a secondary gauntlet as well as the ranged firepower they deliver, as well as a suit that protects him from his own gauntlets and can deflect some of Spider-Man's attacks. Along with that, he only recently got the gauntlet and is inexperienced with it in comparison to Brice, who Peter flat out says was better with the gauntlet than Schultz.
- Bald of Evil: He's bald and a criminal arms dealer.
- Blood Knight: He seems to take some perverse joy in using the shock gauntlet to hammer Spider-Man's face.
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Jackson Brice, he acts as one of Toomes' enforcers. After Jackson is killed off, he graduates to being Toomes' sole Dragon.
- Decomposite Character: His status as the first Shocker is given to Jackson Brice, and his role in creating the original shock gauntlets is retroactively given to Crossbones. Also, his status as a punch-clock, working-class villain is given to the Vulture.
- How Do I Shot Web?: He initially doesn't know how to use the Gauntlet properly, needing Mason to run him through or risk blowing off his arm from the recoil. In a rather hilarious - and ironic - scene in the film, both Schultz and Peter are simultaneously trying to figure out each other's respective weapons at the exact same time, no more than 20 feet from each other, without either of them realizing the other is there.
- Legacy Character: While Schultz was the original Shocker in the comics, in the film he's the second person to use the Shocker identity... in the same movie, nonetheless.
- Mouth of Sauron: Whenever the gang sells tech to other criminals, Schultz does the talking.
- Not Wearing Tights: While his jacket and pants match the aesthetic of his comics counterpart, he actually doesn't wear a costume, even though some of the merchandise for the film does depict him wearing one.
- Race Lift: Though traditionally depicted as Caucasian, this Shocker is played by black actor Bokeem Woodbine.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: He's about to leave after the ferry incident, since they're now on the FBI and Iron Man's radar, and urges Toomes to do the same. He stops once Toomes finally commits to the high altitude heist.
- Shock and Awe: He uses a weapon that gives him certain electricity-based abilities, which actually would have defeated Peter were it not for the quick thinking of Ned.
- Took a Level in Badass: At first, he's just a salesman for his gang's weapons. He becomes more dangerous after getting the Shocker gauntlet, but remains inexperienced and manages to trap himself on the ferry by punching through steel mesh. After undergoing a bit of self-training, he manages to ambush Peter, knock off his web shooters, and effortlessly knock him around a parking lot before Ned steps in. His Shocker gauntlet is also an upgraded version of one of Crossbones' power-gauntlets.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He disappears from the film after getting webbed up against a school bus. It's revealed in a deleted scene that he was arrested after being found by the students. His gauntlet was stolen by a student named Tiny McKeever.
- Would Hurt a Child: Under orders from Toomes, he waits out in the back in case Spider-Man came after him, with the orders to kill. He thought nothing of pounding him with the gauntlet, and would've killed him after had it not been for Ned's intervention.
Jackson Brice / Shocker I
Portayed By: Logan Marshall-Green
Voiced By: Daniel del Roble (Latin-American Spanish Dub)
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
A member of Adrian Toomes' gang who first uses the alias and Shocker tech.
- Asshole Victim: He's (accidentally) killed by Toomes right after threatening his family. He's also the only character to die at all during the course of Homecoming, and let's just say that it wasn't undeserved.
- Atrocious Alias: Toomes finds his self-given moniker "the Shocker" ridiculous. He does suggest that Schultz use it after Brice gets reduced to ashes, though.Toomes: What is this, Pro Wrestling?!
- Bald of Evil: And a shaved head too.
- Beard of Evil: He's got a full and long beard.
- Bullying a Dragon: After Toomes fires him for his arrogance and incompetence, he attempts to blackmail Toomes by threatening to release all the information about Toomes' operations to the public, and even makes a threat to his family. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
- Co-Dragons: Alongside Herman Schultz, he acts as one of Toomes' enforcers. It doesn't last long, since he dies early in the movie, leaving Schultz as the sole Dragon.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. He refers to himself as Shocker, but never uses his comic alias "Montana."
- Decomposite Character: Both Jackson Brice (who went by Montana in the comics) and Herman Schultz are the Shocker in this adaptation.
- For Want of a Nail: If he hadn't been a dumbass and fired off powerful and highly-visible weaponry in a residential area, Spider-Man probably would have never learned about the gang's weapon dealings in time to stop it.
- Hate Sink: Pretty much exists for the sole purpose of giving Toomes more audience sympathy.
- In Name Only: In the comics Jackson Brice was a cowboy nicknamed Montana who specialized in using a lasso and was prominently a member of the Enforcers, a trio of elite mob mooks. In the MCU, Jackson Brice has none of these traits.
- Jerkass: As Toomes points out, he doesn't care about anything. In the film's opening, he can't be bothered to show up to work on time, he promptly states he's not going to be the one to cart another load of alien junk to Damage Control, and he deliberately ignores Toomes' warnings about being discreet.
- The Load: Brings nothing but trouble to the gang by showing off with the alien weapons out in the open - and if the opening is any indication, he was this before they turned to crime.
- Mythology Gag:
- Psychopathic Manchild: His behaviour and lack of respect for Toomes resembles more that of an malignant teenager than a grown adult. Tellingly, he's quite a bit more immature than the actual teenagers in the movie.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's not in the movie for long, but his bumbling is what alerts Peter to Toomes' racket.
- Stupid Crooks: Guy's a moron with a big mouth. And it gets him killed.
- Take Up My Sword: Involuntarily. When he accidentally gets turned to dust, Toomes picks up the Shocker gauntlet that is the only thing that was left intact and passes it to Schultz, sarcastically declaring him the new Shocker. Schultz proceeds to use it for the rest of the movie.
- Token Evil Teammate: Not that anyone in the gang is a saint, but between him, Schultz, Mason, Vale and Toomes, he's by far the most unpleasant and trigger-happy.
- Too Dumb to Live: He tries to sell overly advanced weaponry to a common thief who was in the market for a regular gun, and his demonstrations draw the attention of Spider-Man, who nearly catches them. Then he scoffs at Toomes being angry for being so indiscreet and then, when fired on the spot, threatens to reveal everything to Toomes's wife and the police. Double-subverted, as Toomes only wanted to hurt him with an anti-gravity gun but accidentally used a disintegrator instead that turns Brice into dust, but Toomes gets over the mistake remarkably quickly.
- Underling with an F in PR: Toomes ordered him to move around some of the alien weapons under the radar. Emphasis: under the radar. Selling it to some bodega-stealing Stupid Crooks and then demonstrating weapons that create massive explosions right next to a residential area and a freeway was against the definition of "under the radar". What really places him in this trope is his utter lack of regret for having performed these snafus and the decision to try to threaten Toomes' family when he's kicked out of the outfit.
Portrayed By: Christopher Berry
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Another member of Adrian Toomes' crew.
- Adaptational Origin Connection: In the comics, Vale was a henchman for Carrion, one of Miles Warren's clones, and had no connection with Vulture. Here, he is in league with Toomes.
- Adaptational Wimp: His comic book counterpart is minor supervillain Darter, who actually gets to use technology and weapons to fight Spider-Man. MCU Vale never gets the chance and ends up presumably arrested.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He's part of the band but never seen commiting or attempting to carry out a heinous crime, unlike Toomes, Schultz or Brice.
- Satellite Character: His scenes in the present day revolve around being an extra set of hands, such as searching the school with Schultz.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Vale is responsible for finding a truck of Chitauri scrap that the crew neglected to drop off, leading to the formation of Toomes mercenary operation.
Portrayed By: Michael Mando
Voiced By: Gerardo García (Latin-American Spanish Dub)
Appearances: Spider-Man: Homecoming
A paranoid crook who has it in for Spider-Man.
- Adaptational Badass: In the comics, Gargan has gone through different variations of threatening, from 'not-very' to 'enormously-so'. For the most part, however, he's characterized as being a none-too-bright Super Loser who rarely makes his own plans and winds up being The Brute to whoever he's working for. Here, he's an established criminal and remorseless killer who's feared by many and has a talent for survival. In short, he's treated a lot more seriously and is very scary despite not having his infamous suit yet.
- Adaptational Villainy: The classic version of the Mac Gargan character was originally a private detective that J. Jonah Jameson hired to investigate how Peter Parker got his Spider-Man photos before he was turned into a Tragic Villain by means of being placed in a suit he couldn't take off, completely ruining his ordinary life and leaving him a vengeful shell of a man. Here, he's a murderer and an established criminal long before he puts on a suit. Part of this treatment likely owes itself to having this version of the character take a few cues from Ultimate Marvel's Maximus Gargan, who was a straight criminal.
- Ax-Crazy: Has homicide on his record. His description of what he wants to do to Spider-Man is rather disquieting.
- Composite Character: He has the name of the original Scorpion, but is a Latino Tattooed Crook like the second Ultimate Scorpion.
- Disney Death: Seems to be the only casualty of the Ferry incident, but we meet with him much later in a post-credits scene, scarred by his injuries.
- The Dreaded: Or more accurately, 'The Hated'. Nobody likes dealing with him, even other criminals. Aaron refers to him as 'crazy', and even Shocker somewhat nervously states that he hates him.
- Early-Bird Cameo: While he's present throughout Homecoming, he's not the Scorpion just yet. If The Stinger is of any indication, he's set to be the next major antagonist in the Spider-Man film series.
- Eye Scream: When he resurfaces after the Ferry incident, it looks like he popped a blood vessel in his left eye.
- Faux Affably Evil: Presents himself as very polite to Adrian Toomes while making it abundantly clear that he wants to violently dismember Spider-Man.
- Foreshadowing: He mentions that he's got some friends on the outside that really want to be rid of Spider-Man, potentially teasing the possibility of the eventual formation of the Sinister Six.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He got some nasty scars on his face as a result of surviving the Ferry incident.
- Race Lift: Like his Ultimate Marvel counterpart, this version of Gargan is Latino rather than white.
- Stalker Without a Crush: As we find out in the mid-credits scene, he's been stalking Spider-Man for a while.
- Tattooed Crook: He's got a scorpion tattoo in the neck. It is fitting.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's a complete murderous psychopath, compared to the more level-headed members of the gang he runs with.
- Unexplained Recovery: So he got hit by a car into New York's Upper Bay and was presumed dead... Then we see him alive, though horribly scarred and with some kind of metal harness attached to his right arm. Who pulled him out of the bay and who did the surgical work on him is left unexplained.