Rumor: Sony Developing An Aunt May Origin Movie

By November 11, 2014

File this one under “most ridiculous story of the day.” Sony Pictures’ troubles with the Spider-Man franchise have been well-documented at this point: the box office numbers simply haven’t been what they’ve hoped for The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, and the studio has delayed or entirely scrapped multiple films in an effort to try to figure out the best way to make money off our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler so the character doesn’t revert back to Marvel Studios. But Sony hasn’t been able to crack the code yet, and we’ve heard stories about a bunch of ideas they’ve had to breath new life into their flagging franchise (a Venom movie, The Sinister Six, a female superhero movie, a team-up female superhero movie, the list goes on). But prepare yourselves for the craziest option yet: according to Latino Review, Sony Pictures is developing a solo Aunt May movie.

When I first read this story, I thought the same thing you’re probably thinking now: this is a joke, right? This can’t be real. But the guys at LR stand by the story, and even offer some details about the take the studio is working on right now:

Yes, an Aunt May movie. A movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was shouldered with the responsibility of raising Peter Parker. The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying “classier Agent Carter” without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series.

Wow. Do we really have to talk about how insane this sounds? Are the people at Sony THAT desperate to create a Spider-Man movie that they’d go as far as to not only create one that doesn’t have Spider-Man in it (they were already going to do that with Venom), but tells a freaking origin story about Aunt May, of all people? It appears that the studio isn’t ruling out any possibilities at this point. And I do mean ANY possibilities – at this point, they’d be better off taking open submissions from comic book fans. At least then you’d probably end up with a final product that feels something like a Spider-Man movie. But a “Mad Men” style Aunt May origin story? Gimme a break.

Aunt May Spidey costume

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