With Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony and Marvel Studios are aiming to really capture the feel of a classic Spider-Man story, albeit with a few modern touches. One of those would be its depiction of Aunt May, which became apparent once actress Marisa Tomei was cast in the role.
Tomei recently guested on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where Colbert brought up the more traditional depictions of the character, showing a photo to the audience. He then says "this is her, and this is you. You don't look like this, this is not the same person", holding the photo up next to her. Tomei said " (laughs) You can imagine my horror when I was cast and I started doing the research, but then I thought "well, I'm going to go with it" and I actually made a case to go, to age me up, but no they didn't do it."
This wouldn't actually be the first time the character has ben de-aged, as in Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man run the character was younger than her classic counterpart, in both age and personality. Sally Field also played a younger version of the character in The Amazing Spider-Man movies, but this version is much younger than even that take, so it will be interesting to see what fans think of the new direction.
You can view the full interview above, and the official synopsis can be located below. Spider-Man: Homecoming currently enjoys a 4.09 out of 5 on ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
The cast includes Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, with Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. It also includes Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Kenneth Choi, Michael Mando, Selenis Leyva, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., JJ Totah, and Hannibal Buress.
Next up for Marvel is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.