On Wednesday, rumors began to fly that Tomei has been cast as Aunt May in Spider-Man, the upcoming reboot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First of all, cannot believe we're already talking about another Spider-Man franchise, given that I'm not that old and already remember two other ones, starring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, respectively, but, sure, Hollywood, you do you. Second of all, how is Tomei portraying the elderly Aunt May? For any of you who were waiting to see when Marisa Tomei might have her "Last F**kable Day," a la the hilarious Amy Schumer parody sketch starring Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, well, it apparently already happened and we missed it.
The Marvel film will star an actor named Tom Holland, who, at 19 years old, at least makes sense to be a nephew to Marisa Tomei, who's 50 years old. Tomei's involvement in the movie apparently isn't confirmed yet, but insiders tell Variety that an offer was made to her last week to sign onto the movie. Sorry about that. Holland is likely to be introduced via a cameo in Captain America: Civil War, but, as the background character she is, Tomei won't be showing her face until the first (ha! first!) Spider-Man film premieres on Jul. 28, 2017.
Even though it's a bizarre role for Tomei, if the rumors are true, then Spider-Man will at least be getting a shining star to add to their cast. Holland is a relative unknown at this point, despite having starred in quite a few good movies to this point, but people will flock to watch Spider-Man on Tomei's star power alone.
She might not be the first person that people think of when they think of Aunt May, but she's going to make this role a memorable one. It's just what she does.