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Antonio Diniz
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Marisa Tomei to Play Aunt May in New ‘Spider-Man’ Movie (Exclusive)
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David Allen Perrin
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.....and suddenly we are all wondering why Uncle Ben ever leaves the house!

Great actress. Odd casting.




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Bill Guerra
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I can honestly say that this is the first time ever that I may be distracted by aunt May's hotness.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 08 July 2015 at 4:13pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

With Joe Pesci as Uncle Ben?
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Anthony J Lombardi
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This is an interesting casting choice. I think Marisa Tomei is a wonderful actress.  She looks great for 50. 
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Andy Meyers
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I will never think of Aunt May the same way again.
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Joe Zhang
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Joe Pesci would be a good Uncle Ben. "With great power comes great ... ah fughetaboutit!"

Edited by Joe Zhang on 08 July 2015 at 6:00pm
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Jaren Cole
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How many Uncle Ben's need to die before they get Spider-Man right?

Hahaha

Didn't Marvel/Sony say that they aren't doing another reboot? This new Spider-Man will already be established going forward.
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Stephen Robinson
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Is Aunt May's age window dressing? Not really. May is old enough that
Peter legitimately believes the shock of learning that he's Spider-Man
would kill her. She's also old enough that she is not depicted as
someone who was working or could work when Uncle Ben died. Yes,
we are originally talking about the 1960s but if you cast an Aunt May
who is younger than the comic book character (born in 1964), it's not
plausible that she doesn't have a career of her own at the relatively
young age of 50. And Tomei *looks* younger (more 40something).

The "aunt" character in fiction usually functions as the "big sister"
(either hipper or less responsible than the mother would be) or the
"grandmother." Aunt May was always the latter. That is the character
Lee and Ditko created.

I see her as 60 at the youngest, which would make her 45 when Peter
was born. I was 40 when my son was born (this is becoming less
uncommon), so there doesn't really have to even be a drastic age
difference between Peter's parents and May and Ben,
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Anthony J Lombardi
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With old age make-up Tomei's "youthful" appearance shouldn't present a problem. I think it is a smart move casting someone younger than 60ish to play someone older. With the length of time it takes to make these films and if she is going to be in multiple films. Which Marvel is doing with the actors they cast in the roles. She has time to age before she gets too old to be doing the films. Plus I'm glad to see her in main stream films. 
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Kip Lewis
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Well, remember actors/actresses don't always play their
age.   It would take very little make up to make her look
60ish.

Though, I vaguely remember that in the Ultimate Universe
they made Aunt May and Uncle Ben about a decade younger
than the original version.   Or out could be that 60 and 70
year olds today are in better health than those of the
1960s.
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Brian Miller
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They made Aunt May a bit younger in the "real" Marvel Universe some time back. I want to say around the time it was revealed she knew he was Spider-Man, but I may be off a bit, there.
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Stephen Robinson
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What in the history of Hollywood would make you think that they cast a
youthful actress to play Aunt May for the purpose of "aging" her up?
This is Spider-Man not a docudrama where Tomei is playing Elizabeth
Warren.

I also think the attempts to make May younger in the comics were
focused on reinforcing that she was in her mid 60s not mid 90s as
sometimes depicted.
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Anthony J Lombardi
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It's called acting Stephen. Hollywood did it quite often in the past. Actors often played a variety of parts. Thou for a while now it doesn't seem to be the case. 

By getting someone younger and aging her a bit. They can keep the same actress for several  years . As she ages in real life less makeup needs to be applied. Thus getting rid of the need to recast the part sooner than later.

Obviously this is just speculation on my part. To say that Tomei would be signed up for a multi picture deal.  But that has been the  way Marvel has operated. They sign their actors up for several picture deals. 


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Glenn Brenner
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I don't think they are going age her. We may get a pretty accurate version Spider-Man in the MCU, but think Marvel is still going to want to distance its version from the last handful of movies any way they can. Tweaking May would be a subtle way of doing that. 
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On the IMDB page, somebody wrote this:

"...Shouldn't be long before Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire are playing Aunt May and Uncle Ben in another reboot..."


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Obviously this is just speculation on my part.

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And wrong.

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If their aim was to generate buzz, they succeeded. If their aim was to
cast according to the character they failed.
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Anthony J Lombardi
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Obviously this is just speculation on my part.

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And wrong.

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Could you clarify for me what exactly is it I'm wrong about ? 

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You don't hire someone like Marisa Tomei just to apply old age makeup to make her look 65.  You cast her to look her age, meaning they intend for her to look 50 with a nephew that's still in high school.  

BTW that's no comment on what I think of the casting.  I'm of a mind that fragile, often near death, far past retirement age Aunt May worked during the 60s (and arguably into the 70s) but as retirement age has gotten older, as seniors are more and more active, and as older couples have to have both husband and wife work into their 70s, the character should change if ever so slightly.  Even if she were 65 today, as many say she should be, that means she'd have been 35 in 1975.  That's a far, far different woman than a 65 year old woman in 1963 who would have been 35 in 1938.  
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BTW that's no comment on what I think of the casting. I'm of a mind that fragile, often near death, far past retirement age Aunt May worked during the 60s (and arguably into the 70s) but as retirement age has gotten older, as seniors are more and more active, and as older couples have to have both husband and wife work into their 70s, the character should change if ever so slightly. Even if she were 65 today, as many say she should be, that means she'd have been 35 in 1975. That's a far, far different woman than a 65 year old woman in 1963 who would have been 35 in 1938.

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There was a time in comics -- and it extended deep into my own career span -- when the Female of the Species came in essentially four settings: kids, teens, hot babes and old ladies.

This was a leftover from Hollywood in the Forties, when characters like teenaged Andy Hardy would have mothers and fathers closer in age to grandparents.

May and Ben sprang from this. It was sort of necessary to imagine that Peter's father was the youngest of a LARGE family!

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Thank you Matt for clearing that up for me. 
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To expand and be more detailed about what I was writing before.  I didn't exactly mean Tomei was going to be aged to the point that she would look old like Aunt May in the comics. I just meant older than she really looks. 
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This was a leftover from Hollywood in the Forties, when characters like teenaged Andy Hardy would have mothers and fathers closer in age to grandparents.

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Because of era I grew up. I didn't give a second thought to Aunt May being so old.  It's probably because I grew up watching films from the 30's, 40's and 50's.  I didn't think of them as old movies back than. They were so influential to me.  

Casting Marisa Tomei in the part is certainly a curious choice. If Marvel decides to keep her youthful appearance. I'm not really certain how to feel about her in the role.  Part of me just adores her. Part of me thinks it wouldn't be so bad an idea to cast Aunt May younger. But there is the part of me that thinks Aunt May is an old woman. That is how she should appear in the films. 

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May and Ben sprang from this. It was sort of necessary to imagine that
Peter's father was the youngest of a LARGE family!
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In somewhat-related vein: The other day, I was thinking about the era of
Spider-Man's creation, and the sort of teenager that he was intended to
represent, at that time.

Setting aside the whole "sliding scale timeline" thing, the Peter Parker
who was presented to us in 1962 would have been born somewhere
around 1947, and grown up in the late 50s, with a set of experiences
and cultural touchstones specific to that decade!
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This is a Rubicon that I can't cross. When I watched the Smallville pilot, and found Ma Kent more attractive than Lana, I was dejected. If I got to a Spider-Man movie and think Aunt May is hot, I may have to jump off a bridge.
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In somewhat-related vein: The other day, I was thinking about the era of Spider-Man's creation, and the sort of teenager that he was intended to represent, at that time.

Setting aside the whole "sliding scale timeline" thing, the Peter Parker who was presented to us in 1962 would have been born somewhere around 1947, and grown up in the late 50s, with a set of experiences and cultural touchstones specific to that decade!

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Walt Simonson, who is roughly the same age as a Real Life Peter Parker, has noted on more than one occasion that Peter, Johnny Storm, the X-Men and other "teenagers" were nothing like Walter and his pals.

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