Keaton was long-rumoured to be playing Spidey’s nemesis in the forthcoming reboot

Michael Keaton will take on the role of Spider-Man’s main adversary in the forthcoming reboot of the superhero franchise.

President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige revealed that Keaton plays one of Peter Parker’s oldest foes, the Vulture, in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Speaking in an interview with the Toronto Sun about which villains will appear in future Marvel films, he said: “We’ve had a wish list, and most of them in the near-term are coming together. Cate Blanchett is playing Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Michael Keaton’s Vulture in Spider-Man [Homecoming] is something. And of course, finally, we’re showcasing Josh Brolin’s Thanos.”

Keaton, who found fame in the 90s playing Batman, has long been rumoured for the part although some reports initially suggested that he had turned down the offer.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a joint production between Sony and Marvel Studios, the third cinematic iteration of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but the first to tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

British actor Tom Holland will take on the role of Spider-Man in his first standalone film as the comic book character, following on from his cinematic debut in this year’s Captain America: Civil War.

In October, Holland confirmed that shooting for the film had finished.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled for release on July 7, 2017.