In a December interview with Geeks of Color, Marisa Tomei, the 57-year old actor who played Aunt May had revealed that the character could have been a lesbian as Ben was not around. However, the suggestion by the actor was shot down by the film executives of Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tomei said, “There was a moment, where I felt that May—maybe she should just be with a woman because Ben is gone.” Marisa Tomei recently essayed the role of Peter Parker’s aunt—Aunt May in the billion dollar pandemic hit film Spider-Man: No Way Home.” In the Spider-Man franchise of both comic books and films, Aunt May’s husband Ben Parker is infamously killed by a burglar.
The “My Cousin Vinny”star did not stop with that bombshell. She also said that she had a person in mind to play the role of Aunt May’s lover and she suggested that it could be Amy Pascal, a producer with Sony. She said that no one even had to know. The Brooklyn native said that no one went for her idea.
The Oscar winner said, “I’ll just be in a scene and you’ll be over there, And I”l just be like, ‘Hey!’ It’ll just be a subtle thing.”
“The Big Short” actress divided Twitter with her comments. One conservative said that they might as well forget the Uncle Ben character totally, while another trolled her mercilessly calling her a “Hollywood brainlet” for daring to suggest a change in character. However, another Twitter user called it “awesome” and said that the Marvel franchise deprived them of a “cool lesbian Aunt May.”
Marvel has encouraged LGBTQ characters in its comic book characters. A gay Captain America made a debut in June this year, duri ng Pride Week. Earlier in December 2020, the comic book company said that Star-Lord of Guardians of the Galaxy was bisexual.
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