Is Spider-Man Movie Villain Vulture Supposed To Be A Trump Supporter?


Quick post, but I just saw the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming and had to ask.

You have Michael Keaton (now on his third flying animal character, but that is a post for another day) playing the Vulture—who is described in USA Today as “a blue-collar sort who runs a New York salvaging company” and “a regular joe,” and by the synchronistically-named Vulture as “working-class white man” with “economic anxieties.” (on-the-nose much?)

While the title character is theoretically the lead in this Spider-Man movie, Tony Stark seems to be the star of the show—as well as Vulture’s arch-enemy. As we’ve seen in the Justice League Archetypes post, “Iron Man” Tony—as well as Batman Bruce Wayne—embodies the key mythological figure of our current era, The Industrialist.

tony-stark-spiderman-homecoming.jpgIn the trailer, Keaton’s Vulture says:

The rich and the powerful like Stark, they don’t care about us. The world’s changing boys—time we change too.

So if Vulture is a regular joe, blue collar, and a “working-class white man” who hates elites like Stark…would he be a Trump supporter?

Here’s my intuition on it—I feel he might represent a post-Trump former Trump supporter.

The irony is that Stark himself in Iron Man III was bizarrely reminiscent of a Unibomber “domestic terrorist”-type—with Industrialist Aldrich Killian as the bad guy! And that all seems reversed in this Spider-Man movie.


Remember when the struggling blue-collar worker targeted by the rich fat-cat was the underdog hero? Didn’t Keaton star in movies like this back in the day?

Anyway, here’s just one more thing I ran into today, as the headline of The Huffington Post: