Could a movie without Spiderman still be a movie about Spiderman?
You must have heard it somewhere, that Sony
is making a Spider-Man movie whose main character is going to be May Reilly Parker-Jameson, commonly known as Aunt May.
Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, the character first appeared as May Parker in Amazing Fantasy #15
If you can’t picture sweet, fragile Aunt May in a spider uniform fighting crime in the darkest corners of New York City, you don’t have to! Supposedly, it’s a movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was given the responsibility of raising Peter Parker.
According to Latino Review
, “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.”
That wouldn’t be the first time Aunt May has caught the eyes of a writer.
Mark Millar wrote a romantic miniseries for Marvel called Trouble
, which centered around teenage versions of May, Ben, and Peter’s parents Richard and Mary in the early 2000s. Richard and Mary have been secret agents in the books, so the overall idea of Peter’s family being linked to espionage isn’t fully new (Via Slash Film
published a limited comic book series in 2003 and 2004 called Red
, created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner which inspired an eponymous movie
Geeks of Doom
noted that "While both the comic book and the movie center around Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), a retired CIA agent who’s thrust back into the world of danger when he’s attacked by highly trained unknown assailants, the film becomes really about a group of old retired operatives who are so unhappy with the quiet life that they’ll risk everything to go out and kill again, even if it means life in prison or imminent death."
A spy version of Aunt May wouldn't actually be so nonsensical, would it?
Visit Marvel Wikia
for the many faces of Aunt May.
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