Jill Layton
April 02, 2017 8:20 am
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She may not look like the Aunt May you’re used to, but Marisa Tomei is taking on the role of Peter Parker’s aunt in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Since she is significantly younger than the previous actresses who have played the same character, Tomei has suggested “aging up” to play Spider-Man’s Aunt May.

The role of Aunt May was portrayed by Sally Field in both Amazing Spider-Man movies with Andrew Garfield. And Rosemary Harris played her in the original Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire.

Tom Holland is the new Peter Parker. At 52 years old, Tomei is clearly old enough to play a twenty-year-old’s aunt. But since she is blessed with some seriously amazing genes that make her look like she’s in her 30s or younger, we get why she’d want to age up to fit the role.

Especially since, in the comic book, Aunt May looks wayyyyy older than Tomei will probably ever look.

Tomei stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this week and discussed how she felt about the character change. Colbert hilariously held up a comparison photo of Aunt May from the comics.

Colbert responded, “It’s good. It’s sexy Aunt May.” 

We’d have to agree with that assessment.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters on July 6th.

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