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.
In 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: