The Vulture is one of Spider-Man's most recognizable and famous villains outside of Venom and the Green Goblin. In Marvel's Spider-Man he plays a key role in Otto's plans to take down Norman Osborne.
As the game progresses the player is given plenty of extra information and lore details about the Vulture, but can easily be overlooked or unheard if the player isn't trying to take in every morsel of Spider-Man goodness. With a sequel likely on the way, let's look at 10 things you probably didn't know about Vulture from Marvel's Spider-Man.
10 His Real Name
He may often go by the name Vulture, but Adrian Toomes is the name of the older gentleman who puts on a green suit with wings and terrorizes New York City from the skies. The first Marvel Cinematic Universe film centered on Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming, did something for the character fans had never really seen.
They had a twist that revealed Adrian Toomes as the father of Peter Parker's high school crush, Liz. The game may not feature the same reveal, but it's fun to imagine Michael Keaton being the father of your high school crush.
9 Smaller Stature
The Vulture is a Spider-Man villain who tends to look physically imposing despite being a relatively average-sized man. Adrian Toomes is about 5'11" and weighs around 175 lbs on a good day.
These are both normal heights and weights for a man born in the modern age. His real size comes once he puts on his suit and extends his wings, which with the wingspan makes him look larger than life. Without his suit and wings, it'd be hard for any other villain or enemy to take him seriously.
8 Established History
Players quickly find out in the game that this version of Spider-Man has been doing the hero thing for a little over 7 years. This means that he's had run-ins with every villain that breaks out of Raft in the years before the game taking place.
With Vulture specifically, it seems that their personal history includes over two dozen run-ins with one another, and it seems Toomes has almost exclusively been on the losing end. You figure after so many defeats you'd learn to give up, but fighting for your life changes a man.
7 He's Local
Born and raised in Staten Island, New York the Vulture is very familiar with the stomping grounds he so often frequents in the pursuit of crime. There's a recent study that found humans are most likely to die no further than 15 minutes from the place they call home.
A second related study also found that around 60% of people never move out of their home town. Both of these show that most people tend to find comfort in being close to where they were born and raised, which makes identifying them a whole lot easier.
6 Former Life
Adrian Toomes, born in 1942, was once a mechanical engineer. Likely fed up with the day to day struggle many Americans face he used his skills to build himself a bird suit and turn to a life of crime. As we'll go over more specifically later on in the list, though he could build his suit it doesn't mean it was exactly 100% safe for him.
Engineers are known for being people with a knack for problem-solving. Ironically for the Vulture, he's never really been able to figure out a solution for the Spider-Man problem that's plagued him for 7 years.
5 Different Vulture, Same Voice
Insomniac Games did a great job of bringing back voice actors who nailed the performances of different Spider-Man characters in other video games and mediums. The Vulture is voiced by Dwight Schultz in Marvel's Spider-Man, who previously voiced Adrian Toomes in the 2002 Spider-Man video game based on the first Sam Raimi film.
Video game voice actors never really get the praise they deserve, but recently the industry has seen a maturation for the respect given to the talent who's making current-day game narratives shine.
4 Low Stamina
The Vulture gets his abilities from the suit he wears whenever he's gallivanting around New York committing crimes. This means that since he's an older man he suffers from some of the things that other old people have to deal with. One specific thing is his low amount of stamina.
This plays a huge role in the battles Vulture has with Spider-Man throughout the game as he has to stop to catch his breath after attacking the web-slinger. It's a clever canon way for Insomniac Games to make the fight with him challenging yet doable for players of all skills.
3 He's 76 Years Old
Everyone knows that the Vulture is the old guy villain from the Spider-Man comics. He's known for having a green bird suit with giant wings and being an old guy with a bald head. More specifically he's around 76 years young in the game and has been dealing with Spider-Man since his late '60s.
Though his old age comes with some drawbacks like his low stamina, it also provides him the benefit of experience and knowledge. His battles against Spider-Man are always interesting because it's a battle of youth and hope versus age and spite.
2 Flight Speed
At top speed, the Vulture can fly at speeds up to 95 miles per hour. When ranking him against actual birds his speed would tie him with the 5th fastest bird in the world, and more specifically the world's fastest seabird, the frigatebird.
Though impressive in speed, both the Vulture and the frigatebird come nowhere close to the Peregrine Falcon. This bird can reach speeds of around 240 miles per hour and has evolved its body structure to protect itself from damaging its own body upon building up air pressure.
1 His Suit Gave Him Cancer
Towards the end of the 2nd act of the game Spider-Man realizes that the Sinister Six of villains who are helping Otto Octavius are all doing so with the belief, he'll help them with their troubles. The player finds out that Adrian Toomes aka Vulture developed cancer from wearing his suit over the years.
He's fearful for his life as a man of 76 years of age with cancer isn't known for having a high rate of survival. He vows to help Otto take down Norman Osborne in exchange for a cure to his cancer.