Michael Keaton closing deal to play villain in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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Michael Keaton is back in the spider's web.

After initial talks stalled out, Keaton and Marvel Studios are in final negotiations for the Oscar-nominated actor to take on the villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Marvel/Sony's initial overtures towards Keaton didn't get past the offer stage, insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter. The companies then moved on to other actors before circling back to Keaton.

Ultimately the producers returned to Keaton, the actor who once played Bruce Wayne/Batman and then poked fun of his own image of an actor living in the shadow of super hero movies with his Oscar-winning turn in Birdman.

Homecoming is Sony's reboot of its Spider-Man franchise for which it partnered with Marvel to produce. Amy Pascal and Marvel's Kevin Feige are producing the project, which is heading towards a June start with Jon Watts in the director's chair.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Michael Keaton attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Michael Keaton (C) attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Winners for Best Picture 'Birdman,' actor Michael Keaton (C) and the movie cast celebrate on stage at the 87th Oscars February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Actor Michael Keaton(R) and Nominee for Best Director 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)' Alejandro G. Iñárritu, arrive on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors David Oyelowo (C) and Michael Keaton (R) attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (L), winner of Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture for 'Birdman,' and Actor Michael Keaton (R) attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, winner of Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture, for 'Birdman' and actor Michael Keaton attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Jared Leto (L) photobombs actor Michael Keaton (C) and composer Alexandre Desplat (R) at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/VF15/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Michael Keaton attends the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Producer Arnon Milchan, screenwriter Alexander Dinelaris, actor Michael Keaton, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and producer James W. Skotchdopole accept the Best Picture award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Actor Michael Keaton poses on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Michael Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (both C) with cast and crew accept the Best Picture award for 'Birdman' onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Michael Keaton (C) and guests in the audience prior to the start of the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Tom Holland is starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and made his debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War, Marvel's movie that just passed passed $1 billion at the global box office.

Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May, while Zendaya is the female lead. Tony Revolori, who starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Laura Harrier, who appeared in the soap opera One Life to Live, are also on board. Robert Downey Jr. will appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Marvel and Sony are keeping plot and character details secret and it's unclear which Spidey villain Keaton would play.

Keaton is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.

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