Spider-Man: Homecoming star Marisa Tomei says she’s “all for” an Aunt May solo movie should the opportunity present itself. Aunt May, as fans of the Spider-Man comics and movies know, is just as about as important to the story of Peter Parker as anybody. Along with Uncle Ben, until his fateful demise, Aunt May is Peter’s rock and voice of reason, even though he keeps his superhero identity hidden from her.
Over the past 15 years, Aunt May, of course, has been played by three actresses — by Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris in director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy starring Tobey Maguire from 2002-2007; and Oscar-winner Sally Field in helmer Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel opposite Andrew Garfield from 2012-2014. Co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo cast Oscar winner Tomei as the classic character in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and she’ll soon reprise her role opposite Tom Holland as he once again assumes the role of Peter Parker/Spidey in Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7.
Tomei’s Aunt May is different than the others in that the character has been cast as younger in her years than her predecessors; and of course, she’s already been subjected to the flirtatious ways of Peter’s mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Given Aunt May’s spry demeanor, there may be a lot more ahead for the character than just keeping a watchful eye over her beloved nephew. In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Tomei reacted to word of a possible Aunt May solo movie at some point:
“Speaking of May getting her own heroic storyline, a while ago it was reported that Sony was interested in doing an Aunt May spy movie. Is that something you’re interested in or something you think would fit with this franchise?
Tomei: What? You guys know way more than I do. First of all, it took her forever to find out about Peter, so I don’t know what level of spy she would be, but I would like the idea of a big magnifying glass. Did they really, did you really hear that?
I did, really.
Tomei: I’m all for it.”
Of course, given the number of Marvel superheroes in line just begging to have their own solo movie (Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is the first one that comes to mind, as does Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Paul Bettany’s Vision), the chances of such an inspired concept as an Aunt May are slim to none. But if fans take a step back and give thought to the idea, they have to figure, why not?
Of course, whether the solo movie took place in the MCU canon or not is a different story. But for the sake of argument, if it did and Aunt May warmed up to working with Stark (in Spider-Man: Homecoming she declares that she’s “not a fan” of the billionaire industrialist), he could certainly bulk up the action in the movie. If not Peter (who would certainly have to reveal himself as Spider-Man), of course, will always have his aunt’s back. And while the idea of an Aunt May solo movie will unlikely ever come to fruition, fans should be more than happy to welcome Tomei back in any future Spider-Man: Homecoming movies.
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