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Marisa Tomei on Playing Aunt May in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ Sequels and Hollywood Sexism

Marisa Tomei on Playing Aunt May in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ Sequels and Hollywood Sexism
After one Oscar win, two nominations, and roles in more than 60 movies, Marisa Tomei needs no introduction. Yet playing Aunt May in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has changed the energy around her. She noticed it on the day of her interview with Variety when a disdainful contractor in her Manhattan building in the West Village suddenly offered a welcoming smile. “He pulled out a picture for me to sign for his son,” Tomei recalled, with a laugh.

With nearly $500 million in box office receipts worldwide, “Spider-Man” is one of the biggest hits of the year. The reboot of the comic-book series features Tom Holland as a high-school web slinger. And his Aunt May is hipper, too, than the version played by Rosemary Harris in the 2002 tentpole. Tomei spoke to Variety about not watching other “Spider-Men” films and how she found the character.

How has the reception been to your “Spider-Man?”

I think the most gratifying has been the reaction
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Binge-Watching the Spider-Man Movie Series

Henry Bevan binge-watches the Spider-Man movie series…

Inspired by our viewing of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a film this website called “the best Spider-Man movie to date” and “another hit for the carefully crafted McU“, a mate and I decided we should binge watch the previous five movies. While I’m personally conflicted about my favourite superhero’s latest outing (more on that later), it has made me excited about this trip down film history.

So, be prepared for some tired and probably drunken thoughts on the old wall-crawler. As Hemmingway always said, people should write when they’re drunk; let’s see if he was onto something.

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For a film often described as kickstarting the modern superhero trend, it’s amazing how it bears little resemblance to today’s output. There is no snarky self-reflectiveness or even an attempt at grounding Spider-Man’s heroics. Sam Raimi masterfully blends fantasy and reality,
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19 Reasons the New Spider-Man Movie Will Be Unlike Anything You've Seen Before

Like many other superhero movie fans out there, I suffer from a serious, life-altering condition known as Spider-Man Fatigue (Smf). I'm a fan of the early-2000s franchise starring Tobey Maguire, and I willingly sat through Andrew Garfield's take on Peter Parker in 2012 and 2014. But when I heard Marvel and Sony had combined forces to tell a new version of the young web-slinger's story for a third time, I audibly groaned. Another one? Seriously? Then, I saw Captain America: Civil War. This Spider-Man, played by 20-year-old British rising star Tom Holland, is only in the movie briefly but seems immediately lighter and funnier; he meshes perfectly with Tony Stark and the rest of the gang. Could it be? Could Marvel have finally found a way to stop my skeptical eyes from rolling at each mention of a new installment to his story? To figure out, once and for all,
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The One Thing Spider-Man: Homecoming Needs To Do To Be Great

Henry Bevan on Spider-Man: Homecoming and what it needs to do to be great…

In Spider-Man 2 Peter Parker’s (Tobey Maguire) childhood home is facing foreclosure but Aunt May (Rosemary Harris) insists on giving him her last 20 bucks, only for his landlord to snatch it a way. Peter is broke and Spider-Man keeps him that way. He is relatable and it makes Spider-Man 2 one of the best superhero movies ever. When Kevin Feige agreed with this sentiment in 2015, he namechecked John Hughes as an influence on Marvel’s take on ol’ webhead. So, as Spider-Man: Homecoming stocks its cast with Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green and Martin Starr, director Jon Watts once again mentioned Hughes as an inspiration for the film.

The plan to make Homecoming a superhero teen movie is interesting and with hits like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty in Pink, it
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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun

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'The Fits', 'Salero' win at RiverRun
The River Run International Film Festival wrapped its 18th edition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with its narrative feature award going to Anna Rose Holmer’s The Fits, which was, in the words of the jury, “an audacious debut from a promising American talent.”

Best documentary feature went to Mike Plunkett’s Salero, about one of the last salt gatherers in Bolivia. The jury praised that film “for its astonishing visuals, narrative acuity and ability to showcase characters that go against the grain.”

The Fits, a Venice Biennale College project that also played at Sundance, also won best actress for its impressive young newcomer Royalty Hightower.

Interestingly, there is a link between the two top winners — debutant director Holmer from The Fits also served as a producer on Salero.

The jury’s best ensemble performance went to Jackson Martin, Nick Serino and Reece Moffett in Sleeping Giant, with best director honours for Romania’s Radu Muntean for One
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Mysterious voyage by Anne-Katrin Titze

Atom Egoyan and Robert Lantos with Anne-Katrin Titze at the Museum of Tolerance

Robert Lantos, the producer of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated films; David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl); Richard J. Lewis's Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike); István Szabó's Being Julia (Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon) and Sunshine (Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz) joined Atom Egoyan for a post screening conversation on Remember. He is also the executive producer of Atom's double Oscar nominated The Sweet Hereafter (Ian Holm, Sarah Polley). Remember, written by Benjamin August, stars Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow.

Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman: "I've worked with Chris on Ararat"

Wheelchair user Max Rosenbaum (Landau), who has a horrible cough, has prepared a letter for his friend Zev Gutman (Plummer), which is much more than a memory aide,
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Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Gets 'Vacation' Remake Writers

Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Gets 'Vacation' Remake Writers
Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot, set for release in 2017, is about to get a little freaky and very geeky as Vacation reboot writers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein enter early talks to write the screenplay. The duo were on the shortlist to direct. That job eventually went to Jon Watts, who has Cop Car coming out later this summer. He was announced the same day that Marvel and Sony officially confirmed that Tom Holland had won the role of Peter Parker.

Even though they didn't win the director's job, both Marvel and Sony wanted John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein involved in the process. They are in the midst of launching their first directorial debut, the long awaited Vacation reboot. It hits theaters July 31, and has strong early buzz as one of the best comedies of the summer. That is saying a lot, as it
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Twitter backlash after Marisa Tomei cast as Spider-Man's Aunt May

Some fans argue Oscar-winning actor is too young to play the role, but others point out Tomei is the right age to play opposite the new teenage Peter Parker

Comic book fans have taken to Twitter in protest after it was revealed that Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is in line to star as Spider-Man’s elderly relative Aunt May in the latest big-screen reboot to feature the webslinging superhero.

According to some complaints, Tomei, 50, is just too young and attractive to portray the character – who was played in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film Spider-Man by the then 74-year-old Rosemary Harris, and by a 66-year-old Sally Field in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Others argued more seriously that the casting was a byproduct of Hollywood’s negative attitude towards age.

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She “May” well be: Marisa Tomei wanted for ‘Spider-Man’

Peter Parker is getting younger and so it seems is his equally famous relative with the news that character actress Marisa Tomei is being courted to join Spider-Man as superhero guardian Aunt May.

These things are usually a done deal, but no confirmation has been made by Marvel/Sony. If she did sign on the dotted line she’d follow in the footsteps of Rosemary Harris and Sally Field from the previous movies. Tom Holland‘s fresh-faced skyscraper-swinger is heading to school for the latest reboot, so it stands to reason May is turning the clock back also.

Tomei is well-known for various movie roles over the years, from her spectacular breakout in My Cousin Vinny to The Wrestler. Now she’ll be helping her nephew patch up his wounds after he wrestles the yet-to-be-revealed big bad, who will reportedly be a character we haven’t seen in the film franchise to date.
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'Spider-Man' Reportedly Wants Marisa Tomei For Aunt May

The next Spider-Man movie is going to give us our youngest big screen Peter Parker yet in the form of actor Tom Holland (who just turned 19), but he's not the only character who is going to be younger this time around. Variety is reporting that Marvel and Sony have already offered the role of Aunt May to Oscar winner Marisa Tomei. Naturally this has some fans a bit confused since Aunt May, both in the comics and the movies so far, is traditionally supposed to be an older, more frail woman. Apparently Tomei hasn't fully signed on the dotted line just yet, but if she does, she'll easily be the youngest big screen version yet. Tomei is 50, Sally Field was 66 when she took on the role in The Amazing Spider-Man, and Rosemary Harris was 75 at the...

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Marisa Tomei Joins 'Spider-Man'

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Marisa Tomei Joins 'Spider-Man'
In casting news that makes us feel old, the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie has reportedly found its Aunt May.

According to Variety, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei will play Peter Parker's beloved aunt in the reboot.

An official offer to join the Marvel film was made to the 50-year-old "My Cousin Vinny" star late last week, the trade mag reported.

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Sally Field, 68, played the character in 2012's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and its 2014 sequel, and Rosemary Harris, now 97, played Aunt May in the 2002-2007 trilogy featuring Tobey Maguire.

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‘Spider-Man’ Casting of Marisa Tomei as Aunt May Draws Social Media Outcry: ‘Too Young,’ ‘Hot’

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‘Spider-Man’ Casting of Marisa Tomei as Aunt May Draws Social Media Outcry: ‘Too Young,’ ‘Hot’
News that Marisa Tomei is in talks to play Aunt May in Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man” reboot set social media tongues wagging on Wednesday, with many claiming the 50-year-old actress is far too young to play the hero’s traditionally more matronly caretaker. Previous onscreen iterations of Aunt May were played the wholesome Rosemary Harris in 2002 at age 74, and longtime film and TV matriarch Sally Field in 2012 at age 66 — but many can’t see 50-year-old Tomei fitting the archetype of the comic book character: a white-haired sage in her twilight years. “I am not okay with being sexually aroused...
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Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Wants Marisa Tomei as Aunt May

Marvel's 'Spider-Man' Wants Marisa Tomei as Aunt May
With Tom Holland already set to play Peter Parker in Marvel and Sony's new Spider-Man, the studios are eyeing Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May. Variety reports that the actress is the studios' top choice for the Aunt May role, with an offer going out to the actress last week. It isn't known yet where things stand in the deal-making process, or if the actress is planning on accepting the role.

Marvel and Sony are currently seeking a screenwriter to develop the story with director Jon Watts, but sources reveal that they want to lock down actors who will appear in multiple movies, so schedules can be worked out. It isn't known what other roles they are currently looking to cast, or if they have any specific writers in mind to work on the script. All we know about the Spider-Man story thus far is that it will bring Peter Parker back to high school,
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Marisa Tomei Sought To Play Aunt May In Spider-Man

  • TheMovieBit
With Tom Holland announced as the new Spider-Man in the character’s 2017 debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony and Marvel Studio’s attention now turns to the wall crawler's supporting cast, namely Aunt May. Marisa Tomei is both studios sights, and, according to Variety, an offer was made to the actress last week, but she has yet to officially sign on. What’s more, it’s reported that both Marvel and Sony wish to round out the cast, in order to craft a solid shooting schedule, before officially hiring a writer. While we knew the new Spider-Man would be skewing younger (for the first time on the big screen, Peter Parker will be a teenager, and will stay in high school for more than one movie), it seems they’re going younger with Aunt May, with Tomei, at fifty, being the youngest actress to play the character (Spider-Man’s Rosemary Harris was seventy seven,
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Will Marisa Tomei play the youngest Aunt May ever in Marvel's Spider-Man movie?

Will Marisa Tomei play the youngest Aunt May ever in Marvel's Spider-Man movie?
50-year-old Marisa Tomei is on the verge of becoming the youngest Aunt May ever in Marvel's upcoming Spider-Man reboot.

The Academy Award winner has received an official offer to join Tom Holland in Marvel and Sony's collaborative film, reports Variety.

It is not yet known if the Empire star has accepted the role of Aunt May, and neither studio is commenting.

Aunt May has traditionally been played by much older actresses in Spider-Man's previous adventures, with Rosemary Harris inhabiting the role at 75 and Sally Field at 66.

This new Spider-Man movie is expected to feature villains not seen in previous films, and will not be an origin story for the webslinger.

The untitled reboot will also be shifting focus back to Peter Parker's high school years.

Who is Tom Holland? Introducing the Marvel Cinematic Universe's new Spider-Man

Why Tom Holland's Spider-Man is a good move for the Marvel Cinematic
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Spider-man: Marisa Tomei Top Choice to Play Aunt May

With their Peter Parker (finally) cast and a director set, Marvel and Sony have turned their attention towards filling out the rest of the ensemble for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. 19-year-old Tom Holland won the titular role of the webslinging superhero, and now Variety reports that Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei has an offer to fill the crucial role of Aunt May. In the comics, May is the one who ends up raising Peter (alongside Uncle Ben) when his parents are killed, and she'll no doubt be a cornerstone of this rebooted franchise. The character was played by Rosemary Harris in director Sam Raimi’s initial film trilogy, and then Sally Field took over the role in Marc Webb’s subsequent reboots. Harris was 75 when she first played Aunt May and Field was 66, so at 50 years of age, Tomei fits in with Marvel and Sony’s focus on portraying a
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Marisa Tomei offered Aunt May role in Spider-Man reboot

According to Variety, Sony and Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man may have found its new Aunt May: Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei.

This will mark the first major tentpole for Tomei, who is most famous for roles in dramas like The Wrestler and comedies like My Cousin Vinny. The new report is unclear about whether or not she’s officially landed the role, but an offer from the studio is on the table.

Just as Peter Parker gets younger with each passing Spider-Man reboot, so does the role of Aunt May. Sam Raimi cast 87 year-old Rosemary Harris in the role, while Marc Webb went slightly younger and cast 68 year-old Sally Field in the role for the Amazing Spider-Man films. Tomei would be the youngest Aunt May yet, at only 50.

Tell us, are you happy with this casting? Sound off in the comments below.

Directed by Jon Watts, the currently untitled Spider-Man reboot
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Marisa Tomei in Final Negotiations to Play Aunt May in ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot

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Marisa Tomei in Final Negotiations to Play Aunt May in ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot
Sony Pictures is in final negotiations with Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May in the forthcoming “Spider-Man” franchise reboot, an individual familiar with the deal told TheWrap Wednesday. Aunt May is Peter Parker’s guardian and a moral compass in the Marvel comic book series, and would see Tomei playing opposite Tom Holland, who recently landed the title role. Previous onscreen iterations of the character have been played by Sally Field during Andrew Garfield‘s reign, and by Rosemary Harris when Tobey Maguire captivated in 2002. “Cop Car” helmer Jon Watts will direct the new standalone film slated to open July.
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Marisa Tomei Is Your New Aunt May

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Marisa Tomei Is Your New Aunt May
According to Variety, Marisa Tomei has scored the plum role of Aunt May alongside Tom Holland's Peter Parker in Marvel and Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Some insiders are saying Tomei will make her first appearance as Aunt May in Captain America: Civil War, joining literally everyone else in Hollywood. If Tomei seems too young for the role to you (as she did to us at first), that's likely your impressions being skewed by the earlier Spider-Man movies, which cast 75-year-old Rosemary Harris and 66-year-old Sally Field in the role. Marisa Tomei is 50, which is a fairly realistic age for a person to have a nephew in high school. Tomei will also appear in the next season of Empire, playing a lesbian billionaire, which would certainly be a very progressive place to take Aunt May as well.
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Marisa Tomei Is Aunt May In The New 'Spider-Man' Film

We already know that Marvel and Sony are going much younger in the next Spider-Man reboot, with nineteen year-old Tom Holland playing the high school age Peter Parker. And so, Peter's dear old Aunt May will also be younger than the previous actresses who have played the character, Sally Field ("The Amazing Spider-Man" films) and Rosemary Harris (Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy). Read More: The Best And Worst Of 'The Mazing Spider-Man 2' Variety reports that Marisa Tomei will now play the relative who cares for the orphaned youth. And if you're wondering why the role has been cast so early, it goes beyond making sure Spidey pops up in the currently filming "Captain America: Civil War" (though THR notes Aunt May may pop up in that already stuff film too). Both studios want to lock down the actors for a potential trilogy, and that means locking down schedules far in advance,
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