Despite it being the sixth solo Spider-Man movie in fifteen years, there’s a palpable excitement surrounding this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Following new Peter Parker Tom Holland’s MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, he’s ready to lead his own vehicle, and fans can’t wait to see Your Friendly Neighborhood become a bigger part of the larger franchise. The recently released trailer teased plenty of the expected superhero action, while also hinting at a fascinating mentor/mentee relationship between Tony Stark and the young Peter.
As it were, Spider-Man isn’t the only member of the Parker family Tony knows. In Peter’s first scene in Civil War, Stark is shown getting a little flirtatious with Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May, humorously commenting how attractive May is. Since then, some viewers have been hoping to see some kind of relationship develop between the two – especially since both Tomei and Robert Downey, Jr. are returning for Homecoming. However, the Tony/May romance is destined for the fan-fiction pages only, as it is definitively not something that’s in the cards for the MCU.
While speaking with Yahoo, none other than Holland shut down the possibility of his on-screen aunt getting cozy with Iron Man, admitting that there was a point in time where he thought it could happen:
“No. No, no, no, no. I thought after Civil War that maybe that could happen, but not anymore.”
This news will surely be disappointing to fans of Only You (the 1994 film that paired Downey with Tomei), but it makes sense in the grand scheme of things. Just yesterday, it was reported that Gwyneth Paltrow would reprise her Marvel role of Pepper Potts in Homecoming, so it would appear Tony is set to have a reunion with his longtime love. The pair had separated prior to the events of Civil War, but now any trouble in paradise has (supposedly) been mended. As fun as it would have been to watch Tony try to woo Aunt May, it’s nice to see Stark remains loyal to Pepper. Of course, Paltrow’s involvement is not officially confirmed, but Holland’s comments lend credence to the rumor. If Stark was a completely eligible bachelor, he may find the temptation to make a move on Aunt May too great to resist.
In all seriousness, it’s probably for the best Tony isn’t going to become that heavily involved in Peter’s personal life. The latest preview illustrated Stark has a “tough love” side that involves taking away the high-tech Spider-Man suit until Parker is truly ready to become the hero he’s destined to be. It arguably would be a little awkward if there was a romantic subplot thrown in the middle of this dynamic, as Peter and Tony probably won’t see eye-to-eye for portions of the film. Staying out of Aunt May’s affairs allows Stark to teach Parker the way he sees fit, without having to hold anything back. And if Pepper is really back in the picture, everyone can agree that’s where Tony belongs.