SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Screenwriters Address Uncle Ben's Absence And Whether Aunt May Will Date

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Screenwriters Address Uncle Ben's Absence And Whether Aunt May Will Date

Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley discuss Uncle Ben's absence and reveal that Marisa Tomei's Aunt May almost had a boyfriend in Spidey's MCU debut.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Spider-Man: Homecoming's Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley tell the magazine that what appears on screen in the Jon Watts directed superhero film is closer to their version of the script, despite a host of other writers also receiving writing credits on the film.  They also answer a number of questions, including whether there was ever a version of the script that explicitly referenced Uncle Ben.  

Daley stated, "We did talk about there being a scene where [May] references him directly.  It was when [Peter] was getting ready for homecoming and the wardrobe she was giving Peter was all Uncle Ben’s clothes. It was a nice moment, but we also knew that it veered away from his arc. If you’re going to talk about someone’s death, you don’t want it to be a throwaway."

One of the ideas they also had that didn't make the final cut was that 
Marisa Tomei's Aunt May would be dating in Homecoming.  That's a development that could show up in the sequel according to Goldstein.  

"
In an early draft we actually even had her dating a guy, and part of her relationship with Peter was this inappropriate frankness. It didn’t make the cut, but I could see in the sequel she could get a boyfriend. She doesn’t have to be a mourning widow."

In the comics, Aunt May has famously dated 
 Spider-Man foe Otto Octavius, better known as Doctor Octopus.
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