Aunt May Knows Peter's Secret In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' & It Could Mean Big Trouble Ahead
For all the crazy things that happen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the cliffhanger ending has got to be the most exciting. Don't worry, the new movie doesn't end with Spider-Man in peril, at least not from a bad guy. Whether or not he's safe from his Aunt's anger — that's TBD. Spoilers ahead! Aunt May knows Peter's secret in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it's going to change everything. Aunt May spends a majority of Homecoming in blissful ignorance of her beloved nephew's super-curricular activities, but all that changes when Spider-Man: Homecoming ends — with May walking in on Peter wearing his Spider-Man suit.
Aunt May finding out that Peter is Spider-Man changes everything going forward. Audiences don't get to see her full reaction to the news in the movie, but based on her outraged scream, it's safe to assume that May does not approve. What does this mean for Spider-Man and his involvement in Avengers: Infinity War and a potential sequel? And how will Aunt May knowing affect the web-slinger's future as the "friendly neighborhood Spider-Man"? Well, it could mean a lot of different things plot wise, but hopefully, whatever the consequences, May knowing the truth will mean more screen time for the character and Marisa Tomei, the actor that plays her.
Aunt May knowing Peter's secret could mean one of two things: either Peter will have a supportive adult there to take care of him when he's injured and help him navigate his superhero-high school balance, or Aunt May will do everything in her power to keep him from being Spider-Man. If May reacts the way any other guardian of a 15-year-old would and decides to lock Peter up in his room, then this puts a serious roadblock in Peter's way when it comes to joining the Avengers in Infinity War.
Now, it's already been confirmed that Spidey will be fighting alongside the Avengers in their next film, and assuming he sneaks out, he's going to need a really, really good alibi. If May had her doubts before, she's certainly not going to buy Peter's story about his Stark internship anymore. Everyone knows that Tony Stark is Iron Man, and May isn't stupid. She's going to realize that Tony has been encouraging her nephew's superhero antics sooner or later.
I, for one, really hope we get to see what happens when Aunt May confronts Tony about his involvement in Peter's double life. Preferably while also dragging Peter by the ear and with Pepper Potts watching and nodding approvingly in the background. It would also be cool to see her get more involved in Spider-Man's mission. Fans of Spider-Man have never really seen Aunt May be involved in her nephew's crime fighting on the big screen, and it could be a fun way to build an interesting female character within the superhero world. However, that seems pretty unlikely given Spidey's status as a teenage superhero. Most likely, we'll get to see May be conflicted, get in harm's way, be rescued by Peter, and hopefully give some good dating advice as he starts a romance with Michelle (fingers crossed on that one).
How Aunt May will handle the revelation that Peter Parker is Spider-Man is really anybody's guess at this point. I just hope we don't have to wait until the sequel to find out.