After many months of searching, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced two weeks ago that up and coming director Jon Watts would be directing the all-new ‘Spider-Man’ film starring Tom Holland. But now another new cast member has been revealed.
According to Variety, Marisa Tomei has been tapped to play Aunt May, Peter Parker’s beloved caretaker and mainstay of any Spidey story. The Academy Award-winning actress known for her roles in ‘My Cousin Vinny’, ‘Anger Management’, ‘The Wrestler’, and Amy Schumer’s upcoming film ‘Trainwreck’ follows in the footsteps of Rosemary Harris and Sally Field as she portrays the widow of Uncle Ben Parker.
This casting is interesting for a number of reasons. First, many True Believers might think that Tomei may be too young for the role. However, since Marvel and Sony are shooting for Tom Holland to be a 15 or 16-year-old version of the friendly neighborhood web-slinger, it’s not that much of a stretch to find Aunt May being played by the acclaimed 50-year old actress. Plus, if I recall correctly, Aunt May in the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ animated series is a bit younger than we’re used to seeing her, so this choice could totally fit.
Another curious circumstance surrounding this news is the timing. The studios are currently searching for a writer to aid Watts in the screenwriting process for the wall-crawler’s Marvel Cinematic Universe solo film debut in 2017. Despite the script being incomplete, it’s a pretty safe bet that a high school aged Peter would need an Aunt May in his life. Although, the reason behind casting the character so soon is that we might be seeing her cameo in another Marvel film sooner rather than later. Sources at The Hollywood Reporter are saying that Tomei could make her first appearance in the MCU alongside Holland in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Does this mean that we’ll be seeing Peter Parker alongside Captain America and Iron Man next year rather than Spider-Man? We’ll see how things play out.
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