Marisa Tomei says it comes to starring in more Spider-Man movies after the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming, she’ll make “as many as they want.” Tomei is winning raves for her pivotal turn as Aunt May in Homecoming, which has become a bonafide blockbuster since its July 7 release, earning nearly $500 million at the global box office so far.
Whiles stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton are the top-billed stars in Homecoming, Tomei is getting notices for her fresh take on Aunt May – one that is decidedly different than the way the character was portrayed in the Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man trilogy and the two Amazing Spider-Man films, before Homecoming.
Still enjoying the worldwide success of Homecoming, Tomei is revealing even more stories about playing the role and her future in the Spider-Man franchise. Asked by Variety how many more Spidey films she will do, Tomei says:
“As many as they want. There will be a lot of surprises because the end of the film is a new twist. That leaves a creative door wide open. It leads to some really exciting possibilities.”
Tomei admits that she hasn’t seen any of the previous movie versions of Spider-Man, starring Rosemary Harris and Sally Field as Aunt May, which in a way helped her give her own interpretation of the character. She says:
“I kept meaning to, but I guess I ultimately felt like it was more useful to not. I didn’t want to shut myself down in reverence.”
One question that’s been lingering since the debut of Spider-Man: Homecoming is the notable absence of Uncle Ben from the storyline — since the film picks up with Peter Parker just prior to the battle between Team Iron Man and Team Captain America in Captain America: Civil War and avoids retelling Peter’s backstory. Tomei, however, says, Uncle Ben did come up prior to production, however, as a way for she and Holland to get a feel for their characters. She says:
We questioned how much of the parenting did Ben do and how much did May do. It kind of seemed maybe Ben was someone she met in school. Maybe he was her professor in grad school. And she had a bit of a sisterly relationship with Peter, and took the reigns when she had to, when Ben was killed. That was kind of our backstory.
Only time will tell, of course, whether that backstory will be fleshed out in flashbacks in any future Spider-Man movies (currently there are no plans). In the meantime, in addition to her return as Aunt May in any webslinger movies, Tomei says she’s even interested in an Aunt May solo movie, should the opportunity present itself.
Until then, fans should hope that director Jon Watts, whose in negotiations to return to the helm of Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, gives Tomei a lot more to play with the next time around. He certainly attempted to in the first film, giving Tomei an action scene that didn’t make the final version of the movie – and with any luck, a little bit of butt-kicking by May in the sequel will make the cut next time.
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