There's little argument against Spider-Man: Homecoming delivering on making Peter Parker (Tom Holland) a key player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Jon Watts' movie also allowed Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to fulfill a promise he made ten years ago via to one of the movie's most jaw-dropping moments: Aunt May finding out Peter's superhero identity.
At the end of the trade paperback collecting the J. Michael Straczynski-scripted “One More Day” storyline from 2007, there’s a quote from Feige sharing his favorite Spidey moment from the comics. “My favorite J.M.S. Spidey moment also happens to be my favorite Spidey moment period: Aunt May discovers Peter’s secret. It has become my mission to put that moment on the big screen. Someday we will. I promise.”
Feige was referring to the comic arc from Amazing Spider-Man #37 and #38, where May found out Peter’s superhero alias. She did so by finding his suit in the laundry when he was out cold and recovering from a clash with Morlun.
As fate would have it, Feige did indeed get his chance to out Spidey to May. At the end of Homecoming, Peter returned to his Queens apartment after turning down Tony Stark’s offer to join the Avengers, only to find the Spider-Man suit Stark took away from him on his bed. Ready to embrace crime-fighting again, the youngster slipped on the suit, and peeled off his mask -- only for May to catch him and exclaim “What the f…” before a sharp cut to the end credits.
With the Homecoming sequel already in motion, we'll soon see how this changes May and Peter's dynamic moving forward. Spider-Man will next appear in Avengers: Infinity War, which opens May 4, 2018.