Michael Chernus has been cast as The Tinkerer aka Phineas Mason in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Deadline reports. This makes the second confirmed villain in the film, with Michael Keaton as a heavily technological version of The Vulture. The report expects the pair to be playing off each other considerably in the film.
Homecoming, the first joint production between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, firmly places Tom Holland as Spider-Man inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while still being primarily produced and distributed by Sony. Jon Watts is directing the film, which will focus on the young Peter Parker in his Sophomore year of high school, freshly back from his adventures alongside Iron Man and the rest in Captain America: Civil War.
Chernus has appeared most recently as a series regular on Orange is the New Black on Netflix, and has had supporting roles in various films and TV shows.
The Tinkerer's history with Spider-Man dates back to the second issue of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1963, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Through the years, he has provided technology and weaponry for several of Spider-Man's villains, including Mysterio, Scorpion, and yes, eventually, Vulture.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently filming in Atlanta for a July 7, 2017 release. Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Marissa Tomei returns as Peter's Aunt May, and Zendaya leads a cast of younger actors playing Peter's various classmates.
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