‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Adds UFC Fighter Tyron Woodley & Comedian Martha Kelly

     August 1, 2016


Another day, another addition to the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming — or, rather, additions. As filming continues on Jon Watt’s Marvel movie with actor Tom Holland as Peter Parker, UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and comedian Martha Kelly have been revealed for mystery roles.

Woodley revealed the news of his on boarding during a chat on “The MMA Hour.” “I don’t know if I can even say this, but I’m working on a Marvel movie on Thursday in Atlanta,” he said. And what Marvel movie is currently filming in Atlanta? Thor: Ragnarok is filming in Australia at the moment, so it must be Spider-Man.


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It’s always noteworthy when a professional fighter is cast in a Marvel movie, as was the case with Georges St-Pierre, who ended up playing a version of Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Martial artist Scott Adkins will continue this streak in this year’s Doctor Strange. While Woodley’s role is also unknown, the martial arts vibe from the film seems like it’d complement his skills.

As for Kelly, whose casting was revealed by Deadline, her career as a stand-up comic who currently appears on FX’s Baskets makes for a nice addition to the John Hughes vibe Watts and his cast teased of Spider-Man.

The film, based on a screenplay from too many people, stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton presumably as Vulture (the character confirmed with concept art), Tony Revolori as Peter’s bully Flash, Zendaya as Michelle, Jacob Batalon as Ned, and Laura Harrier as Liz. Also featuring are Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, and Michael Barbieri, among others.

Plot details are still largely unknown, but, in addition to the villain, the official logline states Peter “begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero.” Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for theaters on July 7, 2017.


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