Marisa Tomei mentions that she “made a case” to play an older Aunt May, similar to the different versions from the movies and comics.
It seems like it was only yesterday when we heard the glorious news that Spider-Man will finally be part of the MCU.
It was almost one of those “you remember where you were” moments, as the whole comic book world celebrated and collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief.
This was because, in the space of a decade, we had seen five movies of the web-slinging superhero. From the innocent Toby Maguire to the almost hipster Andrew Garfield versions, which of course featured the emotional death of beloved Uncle Ben. Not once, but twice.
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So, when Marvel launched the MCU, Spidey was noticeably missing and fans immediately began to hope and wonder whether we will actually see him appear with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (that Marvel has the rights to).
That all changed when Civil War came about, as we finally saw Spider-Man back where he belongs. And with Spider-Man of course comes Aunt May.
She made a brief cameo in the MCU movie, and fans were indeed shocked at the casting of the character. Not because she was bad, but because Aunt May was … young?
Yes, the casting of Marisa Tomei definitely made everyone question, “Why is Aunt May so young?” as she was sitting on the couch flirting with Tony Stark, who immediately everyone pictured hooking up eventually.
Well fans, you’re not the only ones who wondered this very thing because the actress herself thought the exact same.
As a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, host Colbert showed an image of Aunt May in the comics (who was of course older) and asks Tomei about the age difference. To which she laughed and answered:
"“You can imagine my horror when I was cast and started doing the research! But then I thought ‘I’m just going to go with it’ and I actually made a case to age me up, but no, they didn’t do it.”"
So, it appears Marvel and Sony intentionally went for someone younger. For what reason? Who knows?
We may actually see a romantic relationship between Tony Stark and Aunt May perhaps? Or to just drive the point that Peter is really young. Besides, no one said that Aunts are meant to be old.
With all that being said, the dynamic between Peter and May will be interesting and one of the many aspects to look out for in the upcoming movie.
Spider-Man: Homecoming releases on July 7, 2017.