Whenever a new character is adapted from the pages of Marvel Comics to the big screen, there are usually a couple handfuls of different designs that the visual effects team goes through before any final decisions are made. There are a number of factors that go into these decisions, including comic book accuracy, continuity with previous movies, and how real it will look in comparison to the rest of the property into which it's going.
Throughout the last few months with no movies releasing, VFX artists have been sharing dozens of alternative looks at some of the MCU's biggest heroes and villains. This trend is continuing with a new look at a fan-favorite villain from the ever-expansive franchise.
In a new post on Instagram, Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding has posted a new look at early concept art for Adrain Toomes/The Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming. While the enormous wings look similar to the final design from the movie, this suit comes with extended claws on the arms instead of smaller claws on the feet. It also comes with a huge tail reminiscent of a real vulture, which looks to extend about four to five feet below Toomes' feet while in the air. The full picture can be seen below:
Comparing this unused design to the final design...
While the final design for Vulture's suit probably turned out to be of a little more practical use in the movie, this would have been an absolutely terrifying sight for Peter Parker and his friends to witness. The tail part would most likely have had the ability to shrink in order to allow Toomes to land on his feet, and the larger arm claws would make for quite the weapon along with being able to easily steal the tech Toomes was after.
Vulture turned out to be one of the more sympathetic and realistic villains the MCU has offered, and Michael Keaton's performance added a new level of fear and intrigue to one of the first ever Spider-man villains from the comics. Toomes is still seemingly lurking in the shadows of the MCU after being put in prison at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and fans will next see Keaton's Toomes appear in Sony Pictures' own Morbius.