Spider-Man: Homecoming adds Michael Chernus
Michael Chernus is joining the cast of the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The actor, best known for his role as Piper Chapman’s brother Cal on Orange Is The New Black, is the latest addition to the Sony/Marvel movie, EW can confirm.
Chernus’ role is being kept under wraps, but Deadline reports that he is set to play Phineas Mason, a.k.a. the Tinkerer. A longtime Spider-Man adversary known for his brilliant engineering skills, the Tinkerer made his comic debut in 1963, and over the years, he’s crafted various gadgets for some of Spider-Man’s most notorious foes.
If the report is accurate, Chernus would be joining Michael Keaton as one of Homecoming’s villains. While it has yet to be confirmed exactly which sinister role Keaton is playing, early concept art from Comic-Con last month revealed that Spider-Man’s main adversary in Homecoming will be the Vulture.
Tom Holland will play the titular webslinger, with Marisa Tomei as his Aunt May and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Other cast members include Zendaya, Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, Tony Revolori, and Michael Barbieri. Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing.
Production has already begun on Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.
Additional reporting by Oliver Gettell.