We were psyched to hear Hannibal Buress was signed on to Spider-Man: Homecoming, but we had no idea where he would fit into a packed cast which already included Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Zendaya Coleman, Donald Glover, Kenneth Choi, Martin Starr, and a whole bunch of other actors and comedians you may know. Now Buress has explained his role, which seems to confirm an older rumor.
Buress revealed the character details at the end of his interview with 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club on Tuesday. He plays a coach at Peter Parker’s high school, Midtown Science and Technology School, and he’s humorously clueless about Parker’s abilities. As Buress says 31:50 into this video, “I play one of the dumbass characters who don’t realize he’s Spider-Man. He’s Peter Parker. I’m just like, ‘Oh man, this guy’s really athletic!'”
This would seem to lend credence to the leaked call sheet we reported with some skepticism last month. That call sheet was for a scene at Parker’s high school and listed Hannibal Buress as “Coach Wilson.” It’s worth noting that same call sheet listed 15-year-old Angourie Rice as Betty Brandt and said Bokeem Woodbine would be playing Herman Schultz, also known as The Shocker. Woodbine — along with Michael Keaton’s Vulture and Michael Chernus’ Tinkerer — makes three villains. Because Spider-Man movies should definitely have three villains (said nobody).