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Top Five Most Awkward Aunt May Moments

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Top Five Most Awkward Aunt May Moments

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

As the comics world reacts to the news of the casting for the new Aunt May in the Spider-Man films, I thought it would be fun to spotlight the top five most awkward Aunt May comic book moments (only the “regular” Marvel Universe, so no What If..?s, alternate universe Aunt Mays or Ultimate Aunt May)!

Enjoy!

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NOTE: I don’t think Aunt May’s time as the Herald of Galactus really counts, but if you want to read about that, here is our I Love Ya But You’re Strange spotlight on it.

Aunt May Discovers Peter’s Secret Identity

In Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 2) #35 (by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna), Aunt May finally discovers Spider-Man’s secret identity (Tony Stark, Stephen Strange and Reed Richards later wipe that information from everyone’s mind, including May)…

JMS decided to play it like it wasn’t all that awkward, so it isn’t high on the list.

Aunt May’s Gynecological Aids

Reader Neil wanted me to feature this one, so here it is! In Amazing Spider-Man (Volume 2) #43, Aunt May covers for Peter when Peter tries to get his web shooters past security by pretending that they are for her gynecological needs…

Aunt May returns from the “dead”

After seemingly dying in Amazing Spider-Man #400 (here‘s an Abandoned an’ Forsaked on the whole thing), in Peter Parker: Spider-Man #97 (by Howard Mackie, John Romita Jr. and Scott Hanna), Spider-Man discovers that Green Goblin has “May.” Peter believes it is his kidnapped daughter, who was born stillborn. He arrives and discovers that it is May, which he discovers in a scene that is an homage to a moment that makes the list (since it is an homage of a more famous moment, I didn’t put it on the actual list)…

Gwen Stacy is tired of Aunt May’s BS

In Amazing Spider-Man #109, Stan Lee and John Romita try to draw the whole “over-protective Aunt” era to a close by having Gwen Stacy go OFF on Aunt May for coddling Peter…

Gwen’s not wrong, but it is still funny to see her screaming at May.

Aunt May almost marries Doctor Octopus

It’s always a bit awkward when your aunt almost marries your nemesis, like May nearly did in Amazing Spider-Man #131 (by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and friends)…

5. May hits Peter over the head with a vase and then nearly murders him.

In Amazing Spider-Man #114 (by Gerry Conway and John Romita), Spider-Man discovers the “missing” Aunt May, who is chilling with Doctor Octopus, only she is there WILLINGLY, and she doesn’t take kindly to Spider-Man snooping around…

Wow, an entire team of X-Men better not try snooping around Aunt May’s house any time soon.

The following issue, after he beats Doctor Octopus up, she reacts even worse…

By the way, I once did an Abandoned an’ Forsaked on how Conway changed the rules for Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense with that moment.

4. May walks in on Peter and Mary Jane “warming their bones”

In Web of Spider-Man #50 (by Gerry Conway, Alex Saviuk and Keith Williams), due to unforeseen circumstances, Peter and Mary Jane have to move into Aunt May’s home on a temporary basis. The thing is, she still sort of treats it like it was back in the days that Peter was living with her, like her barging into the room whenever she feels like it, which can lead to awkward moments…

They were only beginning to mess around, so I didn’t have it higher on the list.

3. Aunt May finds some sticky stuff in Peter’s room

In Amazing Spider-Man #108, Peter spills some of his web fluid while Aunt May is visiting, leading to a hilariously awkward situation that I think it is pretty clear that Stan Lee and John Romita were not intending to be read in the way that people read the scene today, which makes it funnier, but either way, it’s a pretty awkward situation…

2. Peter walking in on Aunt May and Jay Jameson having sex

In Amazing Spider-Man #592 (by Mark Waid, Mike McKone and Andy Lanning), Peter goes to visit Aunt May and, well, he sees more than he means to see…

You have to give Waid credit for eventually having Peter get past the awkwardness and give Aunt May a really sweet sex-positive response in the next issue, though…

1. Peter remembers having sex with Aunt May

In the storyline leading up to Otto Octavius taking over as a “superior” Spider-Man for a while, Peter discovers himself trapped in Otto’s dying body while Otto is now in control of his healthy body. However, in Amazing Spider-Man #699 (by Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba), Peter realizes that if Otto has access to his body and his memories (eventually those memories are what causes Octavius to act like a hero in the next issue, as Peter’s memories of responsibility being inherently linked to power are too overwhelming for Octavius to ignore) then Peter must have access to Octavius’ memories, as well. Peter tries to use that access to find information on how to reverse the mind-switch and instead discovers a memory of Otto’s of the time that Otto and May had sex before their ill-fated wedding…

Hilariously awkward.

Okay, that’s the list! Agree? Disagre? Let me know!

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