Villain Overview

I fought Daredevil. I was in the Sinister Six. I'm faster, stronger, and smarter than a hundred men my age. No flunky with a pistol gets the drop on me.
~ Vulture

Adrian Toomes, better known by his supervillain name the Vulture, is a villain in Marvel Comics, primarily serving as an enemy towards Spider-Man. He is a supervillain who utilizes an anti-magnetic harness, which enables him to fly at high speeds and make agile aerial maneuvers, to commit crimes. At one time a younger man named Blackie Drago stole Toomes' harness and became the second Vulture. The original Vulture defeated him, however, and reclaimed his role.

In other media

Video Games

Spider-Man: Web of Shadows

Vulture in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows.

The Vulture is one of the bosses in Web of Shadows. Spider-Man fights not only Vulture but a small army of winged minions while supended in the air. After Vulture is defeated, Spidey chooses whether to trap the Vulture, or spare the Vulture's life so he could pay Spider-Man back by aid him whenever he calls. After that, Vulture aids the Black Suit Spider-Man.

Symbiote Vulture

Spider-Man encounters The Vulture several times. One of these encounters is when he need a ride to a maximum security prison so he can break out the Tinkerer. Around the end of the game, The Vulture gets infected with a Symbiote and tries to destroy a machine that can destroy the symbiotes without killing the hosts. After Spider-Man defeats Symbiote Vulture, Vultures tries to convince Spider-Man to destroy the machine because symbiote made him feel stronger. If Spider-Man did more good though out the Game, he refuses Vulture's Idea and activates the machine, destroying the symbiotes. If Spidey did more bad though out the game, he accepts Vulture's ideas and destroys the machine before it was activated.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Main article: Vulture (Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions)

Vulture (Shattered Dimensions).

Vulture makes an appearance in the Noir Dimension in Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions. In this version, Vulture has a much darker role. According to the Noir Spider-Man, Vulture was once a carnival freak that use to eat chicken heads, until he had taste of human flesh. He became one of the members of Norman Osborn's mob known as the Enforcers. He's also was the one who murdered Uncle Ben, but he didn't just kill him, he ate Uncle Ben's flesh. When Vulture doesn't eat humans, he eats rats. He was also one of the villains that acquired a piece of the Tablet of Order and Chaos. During the first fight, with Vulture, Vulture uses throwing knives, claws and limited flight. When he acquired the powers of the Tablet, Vulture acquired the powers of teleportation. He could teleport through a puff of feathers, he also threw bombs that created a fire stream when it makes contact. Vulture's main weakness is light. If Vulture is exposed by a spotlight, he'll moan in pain. Despite his new powers, Vulture was defeated by the Noir Spider-Man and was most likely sent to prison.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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Vulture is seen, along with Howard the Duck, having captured Stan Lee, when Spider-Man and Mister Fantastic arrive to confront them. In the battle, Vulture falls for traps and is noticeably dumber than most of his incarnations. After the fight, he and Howard are arrested.

Marvel's Spider-Man

Vulture from Marvel's Spider-Man

Main Article: Vulture (Marvel's Spider-Man)

Vulture appears as a minor antagonist in Marvel's Spider-Man. For most of the game, he was imprisoned in the Raft after his previous defeat from Spider-Man. But thanks to Doctor Octopus, he managed to escape and he joined the Sinister Six. Vulture agreed to aid him in exchange for a cure for his spinal cancer caused by his suit. His mission was to terrorize Times Square. After Spider-Man escaped Doctor Ock's trap, Vulture and Electro teamed up against the web head, but both were defeated.

Cartoons

Spider-Man (1994 series)

In 1994 Spider-Man animated series Vulture was voiced by Eddie Albert as an old man and Alan Johnson as a young man. In this series Adrian Toomes is an elderly inventor, engineer and scientist who developed very strong grudge against Norman Osborn for rejecting and ridiculing his work. He created special wings and harness that allowed him to fly, as well as youth draining talons that could restore his youth. Later, he used his Vulture talons to suck youth out of people to temporarily make himself young, which he was able to do with the Tablet of Time he bought from Hammerhead. In the episode "The Final Nightmare", Vulture transformed into the Man-Spider after absorbing Spider-Man's DNA and youth. Eventually, Spider-Man enlisted Doctor Connors' aid who helped defeat Vulture and return Spider-Man's youth, although he reprogrammed the device so that the Vulture would absorb the excess DNA that had caused Spider-Man to become the Man-Spider originally. The episode "Partners" reveals that the Scorpion afterwards captured Vulture who somehow managed to get rid of the mutation, but, as a result, he began shifting between his young and old selves, with no control over this transformation. His intent was to have Vulture cure him once he had enough money for a laboratory. Vulture saves Spider-Man, Black Cat and Scorpion from Silvermane's clutches. He also becomes young full-time by swapping energy with the baby Silvermane, reverting Silvermane back to an old man. In the episode "Six Forgotten Warriors" part 1-5, Vulture became a member of the Insidious Six replacing Mysterio (who was originally a member but apparently died in an earlier episode). He went after Miss America for the key to the doomsday device that she had as she had flying powers. By the end of the story arc, he left Insidious Six. His later fate is unknown.

The Spectacular Spider-Man

Main article: Vulture (The Spectacular Spider-Man)

In The Spectacular Spider-Man TV series, the Vulture is a supporting antagonist (along with Chameleon, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio, Tinkerer and the Enforcers) and was voiced by Robert Englund (who played Freddy Krueger).

Films

The Vulture was originally going to appear in Spider-Man 3,, where he would've been played by Ben Kingsley (who also played Archibald Snatcher), but the character was replaced by Venom.

Vulture was originally going to appear as one of the villains in Spider-Man 4 before it was cancelled in 2010. In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Vulture's wings can easily be seen at Oscorp along with Doc Ock's tentacles as well as during the end credits, which hinted that he may have been planned to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Main article: Vulture (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

The Vulture/Adrian Toomes make his first live-action appearance as the main antagonist of the 2017 Marvel/Sony film Spider-Man: Homecoming. He is portrayed by Michael Keaton, who also portrayed another comic book character; Batman in the two first original Batman films and also portrayed Raymond Sellars.

Here, in the MCU, the Vulture is much more of an anti-villain than his mainstream comic version.

Trivia

  • Vulture was created by the late Stan Lee and the late Steve Ditko.

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Movies
Spider-Man: Green Goblin | Dennis Carradine | Bank Robbers | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 2: Doctor Octopus | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 3: Venom | Sandman | New Goblin | J. Jonah Jameson
The Amazing Spider-Man: Lizard | Gustav Fiers | Cash Register Thief | Norman Osborn
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro | Green Goblin | Donald Menken | Rhino | Alistair Smythe | Ashley Kafka | Felica Hardy | Gustav Fiers | Norman Osborn
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Bestman Salvage (Vulture, Tinkerer, Shocker #1, Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Venom: Eddie Brock/Venom | Carlton Drake/Riot | Roland Treece | Cletus Kasady
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Kingpin | Prowler | Doctor Octopus | Tombstone | Scorpion | Green Goblin | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk
Spider-Man: Far From Home: Mysterio | William Ginter Riva | Victoria Snow | Gutes Guterman | Janice Lincoln | Doug | Elementals (Molten Man, Hydro-Man, Sandman, Cyclone & Elemental Fusion) | Skrulls (Talos) | Obadiah Stane | J. Jonah Jameson

Television
Spider-Man (1967)
Vulture | Green Goblin | Electro | Rhino | Mysterio | Doctor Octopus | Scorpion | Human Fly | Kingpin | Lizard | Spider-Slayer | Sandman | Dr. Matto Magneto | Enforcers (Cowboy & Ox) | Frederick Foswell | J. Jonah Jameson

Spider-Man (1981)
Doctor Doom | Kingpin | Doctor Octopus | Lizard | Black Cat | Sandman | Magneto | Mysterio | Ringmaster | Green Goblin | Sidewinder | Kraven the Hunter | Red Skull | Chameleon | Vulture | Hammerhead | Wizard

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Green Goblin | Kraven the Hunter | Doctor Doom | Swarm | Chameleon | Electro | Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto, Blob, Toad & Mastermind) | Mysterio | Loki Laufeyson | Ymir | Mordred | Kingpin | Doctor Faustus | Red Skull | Juggernaut | Shocker | Sandman | Dracula | Scorpion | Beetle | Doctor Octopus | A.I.M.

Spider-Man: The Animated Series
Kingpin | Green Goblin (Norman Osborn & Harry Osborn) | Doctor Octopus | Hobgoblin | Venom | Vanessa Fisk | Richard Fisk | Insidious Six (Scorpion, Rhino, Mysterio, Chameleon, Shocker & Vulture) | Black Cat | Lizard | Morbius | Spider-Carnage | Spider-Slayers (Alistair Smythe) | Carnage | Baron Mordo | Dormammu | Silver Sable | Hydro-Man | Prowler | Doctor Doom | Red Skull | Electro | Hammerhead | Tombstone | Kraven the Hunter | Calypso | Herbert Landon | Jackal | Spot | J. Jonah Jameson

Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Harry Osborn | Electro | Kraven the Hunter | Turbo Jet | Kingpin | Lizard | Shikata | Silver Sable

The Spectacular Spider-Man
Green Goblin | Tombstone | Doctor Octopus | Hammerhead | Venom | Sinister Six (Rhino, Vulture, Electro, Sandman, Mysterio & Kraven the Hunter) | Chameleon | Tinkerer | Enforcers (Shocker, Ricochet & Ox) | Molten Man | Silver Sable | Harry Osborn | Lizard | J. Jonah Jameson | Black Cat | Miles Warren | Frederick Foswell | Calypso | Roderick Kingsley | Morris Bench | Cletus Kasady

Ultimate Spider-Man
Doctor Octopus | Green Goblin | Harry Osborn | Taskmaster | HYDRA (Arnim Zola, Crossbones, Morbius & Baron Mordo) | Sinister Six (Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Electro, Scorpion, Vulture & Hydro-Man) | Batroc the Leaper | Beetle | Lizard | Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster & Klaw) | Juggernaut | Sandman | Venom | Loki Laufeyson | The Collector | Grandmaster | Carnage | Wolf Spider | Shocker | Shriek | Swarm | Dracula | Spider-Slayers (Kaine) | Absorbing Man | Abomination | Annihilus | Arcade | Attuma | Awesome Android | Blastaar | Blizzard | Boomerang | Chitauri | Deadpool | Destroyer | Doctor Doom | Dormammu | Skurge | Enforcers (Montana, Fancy Dan, Ox) | Frost Giants | Grizzly | Hammerhead | Jack O'Lantern | Korvac | The Leader | Living Laser | Man-Wolf | Maximus | Melter | Mesmero | M.O.D.O.K. | Molten Man | Mister Negative | Mysterio | Nightmare | Norma Osborn | Phalanx | Sabretooth | Toad | Ulik | Wendigo | Whirlwind | Wrecker | Piledriver | Thunderball | Ymir | Zodiac | Scorpio | Zzzax | J. Jonah Jameson

Spider-Man (2017)
Symbiotes (Venom, Scream, Scorn & Mania) | Dark Goblin | Hobgoblin | Doctor Octopus | Vulture/Goblin King | Alistair Smythe | Rhino | Jackal | Hammerhead | Electro | A.I.M. (M.O.D.O.K.) | Spider-Slayers | Lizard | Tinkerer | Swarm | Scorpion | Sinister Six | Kraven the Hunter | Man-Wolf | Silver Sable | Beetle | Spot | Prowler | Molten Man | Mister Negative | Chameleon | HYDRA (Crossbones & Arnim Zola) | Ghost | Blizzard | Absorbing Man | Crimson Dynamo | Overdrive | Mysterio | Jack O'Lantern | Paladin | Puma | Shocker | Living Brain | Sandman | Technovore | Baron Mordo | Knull | J. Jonah Jameson

Video Games
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six: Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Hobgoblin, Mysterio, Sandman & Vulture)
Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage: Carnage | Shriek | Doppelganger | Demogoblin | Carrion
Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety: The Jury | Sentry | Ramshot | Screech | Bomblast | Firearm | Wysper | Life Foundation | Symbiotes (Carnage | Riot | Phage | Lasher | Agony | Scream)
Spider-Man (2000): Doctor Octopus | Symbiotes | (Carnage) | Jade Syndicate | Scorpion | Rhino | Mysterio
Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro: Electro | Beetle | Hammerhead | Lizard |Sandman | Shocker
Spider-Man (2002): Green Goblin | Shocker | Vulture | Spider-Slayers | Scorpion | Kraven the Hunter | Dennis Carradine | Harry Osborn | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man 2: Doctor Octopus | Harry Osborn | Rhino | Mysterio | Shocker | Puma | Black Cat | Vulture | Calypso | J. Jonah Jameson
Ultimate Spider-Man: Bolivar Trask | Venom | Vulture | Silver Sable | Shocker | R.H.I.N.O. | Electro | Beetle | Green Goblin | Sandman | Carnage
Spider-Man 3: Venom | Sandman | New Goblin | Lizard | Scorpion | Kraven the Hunter | Calypso | Kingpin | Rhino | Morbius | Shriek | J. Jonah Jameson
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows: Venom | Kingpin | Black Cat | Vulture | Electro | Tinkerer | Rhino
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions: Mysterio | Kraven the Hunter | Hammerhead | Hobgoblin | Electro | Sandman | Vulture | Scorpion | Deadpool | Juggernaut | Silver Sable | Goblin | Serena Patel | Carnage
Spider-Man: Edge of Time: Peter Parker | Atrocity | Alchemax
The Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Slayers (Alistair Smythe) | Lizard | Rhino | Vermin | Scorpion | Felicia Hardy | Iguana | Nattie
The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Carnage | Kingpin | Green Goblin | Shocker | Kraven the Hunter | Black Cat | Electro | Chameleon | Norman Osborn | Cash Register Thief
Marvel's Spider-Man: Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Mister Negative, Rhino, Scorpion & Vulture) | Inner Demons | Norman Osborn | Silver Sable | Hammerhead | Black Cat | Kingpin | Screwball | Shocker | Taskmaster | Tombstone | Walter Hardy | Yuriko Watanabe

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