John Leguizamo jokingly throws shade at Marvel for “stealing” his Spider-Man role from him

Back in 2023, John Leguizamo spilled some tea while promoting “Violent Night.” He revealed that he almost played the Vulture in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” but got bumped by Michael Keaton. Leguizamo felt dissed and eventually turned down a smaller role in the MCU. Despite the drama, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was a box office hit.

Have you ever been snubbed at a party and decided to just walk away instead of sticking around feeling unwanted? Well, that’s exactly how John Leguizamo felt when Marvel gave his Spider-Man villain role to Michael Keaton instead. Let’s dive into the drama that unfolded behind the scenes of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

So, picture this: John Leguizamo, the talented actor known for his roles in movies like Violent Night, was all set to play the Vulture in the Spidey flick. Negotiations were in full swing, contracts were about to be signed, and then… boom! Michael Keaton swooped in and demanded the role back. Leguizamo was left in a lurch, feeling like he had been stood up at the Hollywood party of superhero movies.

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Leguizamo spilled the tea on the whole ordeal. He revealed that the studio head called him up and basically asked him to graciously give up the role to Keaton. Leguizamo, being the good sport that he is, agreed to step aside. But deep down, he couldn’t help feeling a little dissed and diminished. Grandma always said, “If they don’t want you at a party, don’t go,” and Leguizamo took those words to heart. If Marvel didn’t want him in their playground, he wasn’t about to beg for an invite.

Now, you might be thinking, “Well, $880 million worldwide at the box office sounds like a win for Spider-Man: Homecoming.” And you’d be right. But for Leguizamo, it wasn’t about the box office numbers. It was about the principle of the matter. He had agreed to certain terms, only to have them tossed aside when a bigger name came knocking. It’s enough to make anyone feel a little salty, wouldn’t you say?

But fear not, dear reader, for all hope is not lost. Despite Marvel shutting the door in his face, Leguizamo is still open to joining the superhero club over at DC Studios. He mentioned that he’d be game for a role like The Riddler, as long as they make it worth his while. But when DC offered him a tiny scientist gig, he politely declined. If you’re gonna bring Leguizamo on board, you better give him a meaty role to sink his teeth into.

And so, the saga of John Leguizamo and Marvel comes to a bittersweet close. While he may have missed his chance to don the wings of the Vulture, the actor remains hopeful that another franchise will come knocking with a role worthy of his talents. Until then, he’ll be biding his time, ever the patient party guest waiting for his perfect invitation. Share this article with your friends and let them in on the juicy Marvel drama!

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