Soon after it was reported that actress Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May in Sony Pictures’ next installment of the “Spider-Man” series, fans of the movie franchise took to Twitter to express their displeasure at the casting decision. Most Twitter users protested that Tomei was too young to play Peter Parker's elderly Aunt May.
Previous “Spider-Man” movies have featured 74-year-old Rosemary Harris and 66-year-old Sally Field in the role of Aunt May. But, Tomei, at 50, is being deemed too young for the role, and fans have blamed Hollywood’s negative attitude toward older women in the industry.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the "Anger Management" star is in final negotiations for the role alongside Tom Holland, who at 19 is by far the youngest actor to play Spider-Man. "Cop Car" director Jon Watts will reportedly take charge of the film, which is slated to release in 2017.
“I am not okay with being sexually aroused by Peter Parker’s Aunt May,” wrote Twitter user Jonathan Korman.
But... But I don't want to think Aunt May is attractive.
— Chris Samnee (@ChrisSamnee) July 9, 2015
Yep, we now live in a world where Aunt May is hot.
— Jeremy Jahns (@JeremyJahns) July 8, 2015
Aunt May is... Um, never thought I'd say this. But... Aunt May is kind of.... Someone say it for me dammit. pic.twitter.com/juRPvJqNYZ
— Superhero Feed (@SuperheroFeed) July 8, 2015
Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May in new Spiderman reboot. Gonna be so awkward when Aunt May is way hotter than Mary Jane.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 8, 2015
Marisa Tomei? Aunt May keeps getting hotter.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) July 8, 2015
However, there were some who argued in favor of Tomei being Aunt May in the movie.
Aunt May was usually too old in the comics to be Peter's real aunt (Great-Aunt, yes). Marisa Tomei would be the right age in reality.
— Blue Coyote (@1031Arctic) July 8, 2015
Marisa Tomei as Aunt May? Yes. Freaking. Please. Definition of perfect casting.
— Alex Welch (@NeverSayDie97) July 8, 2015