With Marvel Studios and Sony having found their Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in the form of actor Tom Holland, they’ve reportedly started turning their attention to some of the character’s supporting cast. Now, we know who will play the woman who raised him.
According to Variety, actress Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler, My Cousin Vinny) has been cast as May Parker, Peter’s aunt who, along with his Uncle Ben, would take Peter in after the deaths of his parents. When Ben is gunned down by a thief in most depictions of Spider-Man’s origin story, May automatically becomes his primary guardian. Sources close to the casting have said that they’re not sure where negotiations are currently at in regards to whether or not Tomei has officially signed, but that an offer was made to the Oscar-winning actress as recently as last week. Sources also added that Sony and Marvel are seeking to find cast members that can commit to multiple films first, before finding a screenwriter.
Tomei joins actresses Rosemary Harris and Sally Field, who played Aunt May in Sam Raimi’s and Marc Webb’s Spider-Man films, respectively. This is certainly a bit of a change for Tomei, who has generally stayed away from big blockbuster films like the Spide-Man franchise in favor of smaller, more intimate drama pieces. At age 50, Tomei will also become the youngest actress to have portrayed Aunt May, as Rosemary Harris was 72 when she first assumed the role in 2002’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi, and Field was 65 when she took over in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012.
While Tom Holland’s Peter Parker is expected to first appear in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, Tomei and any other Spider-Man-specific supporting cast members likely won’t appear until July of 2017’s new, dedicated Spider-Man film taking place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and directed by Jon Watts. For more on Spider-Man as news develops further, keep it an eye on GeekNation.
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