Sorry, Tony Stark and Aunt May shippers: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland has said that the two characters will not have a romantic relationship in the upcoming film.
“No,” Holland told Yahoo when asked about the possibility of a romance between the two characters. “No, no, no, no. I thought after ‘Civil War’ that maybe that could happen, but not anymore.” Holland’s response came after Jon Watts, the movie’s director, said, “I think there’s always a chance when you have Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.”
Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., had been in a relationship with Pepper Potts for the several movies until he revealed that, between the events of “Iron Man 3” and “Captain America: Civil War,” the two were broken up. There was a flirtatious moment between Stark and Aunt May in “Civil War,” but it seems that’s as far as it will go. Aunt May, played by Marisa Tomei, is the widow of Uncle Ben and is significantly older in the comics.
Following the events of “Civil War,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” follows Peter Parker attempting to find a way to balance his life as a high school student and his responsibilities as a superhero. Stark will play the role of Parker’s mentor while The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton, will serve as the movie’s villain.
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Spider-Man first appeared in 1962’s “Amazing Fantasy” #15. Marvel sold the film rights to the character to Sony in 1995 for a reported $7 million. The character has had a long and complicated history of on-screen appearances since then. In 2002, Sony released “Spider-Man,” which starred Tobey Maguire as the titular web-slinger. While the first two movies were critically acclaimed, the third film received mixed reviews. Sony then rebooted the series with 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” replacing Maguire with Andrew Garfield. Reviews of the first movie were favorable, but the second movie received a mixed reception. Sony and Marvel later announced a partnership that would bring the once separate cinematic universes together, ending Garfield’s tenure in the role. The 20-year-old Holland took over the job and made his first appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.” Holland is slated to appear in six films for Marvel, three of which will be solo movies.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into theaters on July 7, 2017. The movie is directed by Jon Watts and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, and Donald Glover.