Not long after Michael Keaton was first rumored to be taking on the villainous role of the Vulture in the upcoming Marvel film SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, Joblo published a report claiming that the Tinkerer would be present in the film as a secondary villain. That claim stood largely unchallenged, and didn’t really gain a lot of traction. Most people were stuck on Michael Keaton (as they should have been), and looked to him as the real get for Marvel. No one really cared too much about whether or not the Tinkerer would be present.
Now, based on a casting report from Deadline, which pegs CAPTAIN PHILLIPS actor Michael Chernus as the eccentric engineer, it sounds like the Tinkerer is all but officially confirmed to join SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. The report itself is rather vague, and while the Vulture hasn’t officially been confirmed either, it seems like a safe bet that Phineas Mason will be in cahoots with the winged villain in this movie.
Admittedly, despite Chernus’ long resume, I can’t say I recognize him very well. The only film I’ve seen him in is CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, and I don’t even remember which role he could’ve possibly played. As such, I can’t comment on his acting ability, but based on his physique, it is an interesting choice. The Tinkerer is normally portrayed as an older, scrawnier man, but hey, heavier set guys can pull off the nerd deal just as well, right?
Either way, I think the idea of the Tinkerer is an interesting one. The original Joblo piece stated that the Tinkerer would assist the Vulture in reverse-engineering Chitauri technology (the aliens from the original AVENGERS flick), and while this can very well mean he is in a traditional secondary role in the film, I see this as an opportunity to keep the Tinkerer in the shadows. What if he assists the Spider-Man villains over the course of the next couple films only to become a main villain himself in the third film? Heck, I’d be more interested in seeing this guy interact with the rest of the Avengers in another MCU film than I would be in seeing him stuck in the Spider-Man world.
The character, in my opinion, doesn’t really have the charisma to be the head villain of a film right out the gate, but given the right handling, I can see him slowly rise as a reputable force in the future for the whole universe.
What do you think of the Tinkerer getting confirmed, and what do you think of Michael Chernus taking on the role? Let us know your thoughts down below!
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
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