Spider-Man: Homecoming, which already has an unfairly stacked cast of screen legends, is now turning to the Netflix talent pool to round out its roster of villains. For the role of Phineas Mason, a.k.a. The Tinkerer, Deadline reported the Spider-Man reboot has turned to none other than Orange Is the New Black star Michael Chernus (a.k.a. our guy Cal Chapman).
Chernus joins the previously announced Michael Keaton (a.k.a. the only true Batman), who's giving the film some Keaton flair as an unnamed villain. Though exactly how much Tinkerer we'll be getting in Homecoming remains to be seen, the character's rich history makes him a promising addition to the story. Essentially, the Tinkerer is able to tinker (get it?) with high-tech gadgets at a genius level. In the comic books, Tinkerer ends up working in tandem with the villainous Vulture to help Nitro, a fellow supervillain.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is currently in production, is directed by Jon Watts. Watts' 2015 film Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon as a small-town cop on the hunt for two joy-riding teenagers, was a critical smash and quickly caught Hollywood's attention. He also previously directed the horror film Clown, the title of which should inform you that it is indeed scary AF and nothing like the Spider-Man franchise:
Tom Holland scored the title role in Spider-Man: Homecoming and is joined by Zendaya, Donald Glover, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, and so many more actors. The film wraps production later this year and hits theaters July 7, 2017. Thankfully, this one won't be another damn origin story.