Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Marisa Tomei Was “Horrified” to Learn How Elderly Aunt May Was. Tomei said she was “more focused on [her] deal” than learning character specifics during contract negotiations.
For different reasons, actor Sally Field, who played the character in Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man films, said she didn’t even especially like the movies and didn’t put a ‘great deal’ of effort in her performance.
Aunt May’s incredibly tragic life has aged her horribly. Let’s say she was 60 when Amazing Spider-Man started. That would mean she was 15 when the US finally joined World War I. She was 27 when the Great Depression hit.
May is married to Ben Parker and is the paternal aunt of Peter Parker, who leads a secret life as Spider-Man. She is nurturing and supportive of Peter as a mother figure, although throughout most of Spider-Man’s history, she has not known of his secret life and considered Spider-Man frightening.
Prior to learning that her nephew was the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Aunt May hated the very notion of this particular costumed vigilante. Her belief in Spider-Man’s villainy even made her fearful for Peter’s safety when she learned he was making a living photographing the hero.
The Amazing Spider-Man reboot closed the gap, with the 66-year-old Sally Field playing Aunt May to the 28-year-old Andrew Garfield, an age difference of 38 years. Now, Tomei will be 52-years-old when the next Spider-Man arrives in 2017, at which point Tom Holland will be 20, an age difference of 32 years.
Aunt May has taken care of Spider-Man from an early age, but a controversial comic in 2003 revealed a secret: she’s actually Peter Parker’s MOTHER!
Aunt May has now “died” twice in the comics. Both times it was an event that made the reader believe that it was for real, but as we all know, death means nothing in comics. The first instance of her death was in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #196, for which the cover showed Peter at her grave.
Portrayed by. Maybelle “May” Parker is the aunt of Peter Parker and the widow of the late Ben Parker. However, she was soon killed during the Snap, which also killed Peter, only for them both to be resurrected due to the actions of the Avengers five years later.
In May 2018, during Peter’s junior year, and when he was 16, he participated in Infinity War and was Snapped. In October 2023, Peter returned during Endgame, still 16.
“He’s 15 in this movie. I ended up picking the brains of my brother Adam, who’s been an encyclopedia of Marvel since we were little, and he explained that May’s not related to Peter by blood —she’s his aunt by marriage to his uncle Ben.
Raimi uses Peter’s relationship with his aunt and uncle as a way of strengthening the film’s emotional core. Uncle Ben and Aunt May are Peter’s last remaining relatives, so their mortality is of great significance to him and the story. Aunt May provides Peter with both an emotional outlet and a moral compass.
When Ben’s brother Richard and his wife Mary died, Ben and May decided to raise their son Peter as their own. Peter loved his uncle and aunt more than anyone in the world. Ben was killed when a burglar was robbing their house. His death sparked the transformation of Peter Parker into Spider-Man.
In the Heroes Reborn event, a powerless Peter Parker still finds his way to heroism after Marvel’s Superman analog Hyperion kills Aunt May. Warning! Spoilers for Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker, The Amazing Shutterbug #1 ahead!
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 from 2004 heavily implied that Aunt May knew that her nephew Peter Parker was New York’s beloved web-slinger. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, more or less, implied that Aunt May knew that her nephew Peter Parker was Spider-Man.