John Leguizamo has a long history with the world of comics. The actor starred as Violator in 1997’s Spawn, played Javier in 2013’s Kick-Ass 2, created PhenomX for Image Comics in 2021 and voiced The Riddler in the podcast Batman: The Audio Adventures through 2022. It seems Leguizamo almost had one more big role to add to his resume until another icon swooped in and took it.
In an interview with Comic Book, Leguizamo revealed that he was set to play Adrian Toomes, aka the Vulture, in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. That role ultimately went to Michael Keaton but as Leguizamo explained, it was a last-minute switch.
I was supposed to be the Vulture. We had negotiated and I was about to play him, and they said that Michael Keaton wanted it back and they asked me if I would give it up. I said, ‘Well, okay I guess.’ They said, ‘No, we’ll work with you again, we’re gonna…’ That’s what happened there.John Lequizamo
Leguizamo‘s story calls to mind Keaton’s interesting history with the role. After being reported as in talks, Keaton dropped out of negotiations before swooping back in and landing the role a month later. After being expected to reprise the role of Toomes in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Keaton’s character was nowhere to be found.
Leguizamo added that he has since turned down another role with the studio. “They offered me something tiny,” he said, adding,”I went, ‘Nuh uh.’” That means that fans of the talented actor can still hold out hope for him to find the right role in the MCU a some point down the road.
Source: Comic Book