Spider-Man: Homecoming spoilers to follow
When Marvel Studios cast Marisa Tomei as the iconic Aunt May before Captain America: Civil War many traditional comic book fans were up in arms. Tomei is too young. Too attractive. Why does Aunt May get younger in each of the three Spider-Man franchises? Unfortunately, those questions won’t be answered here, but expect to see more of Tomei as Aunt May going forward in the MCU.
The fact that Marvel Studios did cast a younger version of Aunt May gave Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts a bit of a different template to play with. Watts decided to give Tomei her own action scene that, unfortunately, was left out of the final version of the film.
Tomei described the scene:
“There was something going on in the neighborhood, and there was a little girl in distress, and I saved her, and Peter saw me save her, so you kind of saw that he got part of his ethics from her … Then I come home, and I don’t even tell him that that’s what happened, and, of course, there’s all this stuff that he’s not telling me. So he’s like, ‘How was your day?’ And I’m like, ‘It was fine,’ but really I was shaking inside because of this whole crisis that had happened in the city. I’m kind of fibbing to him, and he’s fibbing to me, and we’re living in this house together, and it was a very interesting setup. I was quite disappointed that wasn’t in there.”
One would assume that this will make it to the Deleted Scenes section of the Homecoming Digital and Blu-ray release later this year.
As for the future of Tomei, if the final scene of Homecoming is any indication, we will be seeing more of her as Aunt May. The huge reveal to Aunt May that Peter is Spider-Man is the first of its kind for any Spider-Man movie franchise. Director John Watts went on to state that it was always the plan to end the film this way:
“Like, I don’t know why … I don’t remember exactly when it was brought up, but it was the same thing as the twist, it was like, ‘Yes, this is … No one is gonna be expecting that.’…And it’s gonna be a complicated thing to deal with. I have no idea how we’re gonna deal with it, but we’ll figure that out later.”
If we are certain of one thing, it will definitely be entertaining to see the evolution of the Aunt May/Peter relationship going forward in the MCU. How is May going to react to Peter going off to space to battle intergalactic baddie Thanos? Does she now dislike Tony Stark more than she stated that she did in Homecoming due to his encouragement of Peter? If she grounds Peter, will he still be allowed to perform his duties as Spider-Man?! We can only hope that these and other questions will be answered as MCU continues to roll into the future.