An Aunt May Movie? New Rumors Have Sony Working On An Unusual ‘Spider-Man’ Prequel
Update: A source at Sony told Comic Book Resources that the notion that they're considering an Aunt May movie is a "silly rumor" with "no validity whatsoever." Our original story is below.
With great wheat cakes, come great responsibility.
That's my suggested tagline for Sony if they go through with their latest rumored plan to extend the Spider-Man franchise beyond its typical boundaries. The studio is already working on a 'Sinister Six' movie that would put the Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler's villains front and center in their own story; according to Latino Review, they're also considering a movie focused on Aunt May, Spider-Man's lovable caretaker, played in the current 'Amazing Spider-Man' franchise by the great Sally Field.
The latest rumor wouldn't have Field donning spandex; Latino Review says Sony is interested in "a movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was shouldered with the responsibility of raising Peter Parker" that would have the tone of an "espionage story in the vein of AMC's 'Mad Men.'"
A story about not-yet-Aunt May is not unprecedented; in the early 2000s, Marvel launched a new mature-readers imprint called Epic with a comic named 'Trouble' by 'Kick-Ass' writer Mark Millar. It didn't involve espionage (it was more of a teen soap opera), but it did feature May (and the soon-to-be-Uncle Ben), along with Peter Parker's parents, Richard and Mary. The espionage stuff sounds vaguely like a famous flashback issue from 'Untold Tales Of Spider-Man' that followed Richard and Mary Parker as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So it's not the craziest and worst idea in the world; at least Sony's not working on a spinoff about zombie Uncle Ben. Aunt May, Agent of N.O.T.S.H.I.E.L.D. (because Marvel owns the rights to the real S.H.I.E.L.D.) sounds highly unlikely to me, but who knows? I would have bet my house they'd never make a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie.