Judging by fan reaction, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is a home run. But could it have been even better? Co-star Marissa Tomei who portrayed Peter Parker’s Aunt May wishes one scene had not been deleted.
This MUCH younger take on May Parker laments:
“There were also things in the original, which I signed up for, which weren’t there when we shot it.”
The main scene in question is one in which May would have served as a hero in her own right.
“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.”
Of course, film strips go through a lot of changes over time and even while shooting and often scenes are improvised just to offer the director options when editing.
At least, in this case, there would have been an alternative inspiration for Peter’s heroism than having to see Uncle Ben die again and say “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
As far as the scripting process, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ director Jon Watts elaborated:
“Writing the script is an evolving process, especially if you have more than one writer involved, but if anything you’re always just trying to boil it down to the essentials. An initial pass at a script is more of an exploratory pass, and you start locking in on what the themes are and you start locking in on the best character moments and the set pieces and boiling it down to be the most precise thing possible.”
When you think about it, these films have to come in at around two hours or less. Obviously, the writers have a lot of bright ideas which may be great but overall, just aren’t essential.
In this case, the film had SIX writers: Watts himself, Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Obviously, as it passed through each of their hands, elements were cut, added and changed.
But despite everything, ‘Homecoming’ has done exceptionally, scoring with both critics and fans.
Would you have liked to have seen this Aunt May deleted scene? Or is the movie fine the way it is?