Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios’ freshly released Spider-Man: Homecoming sets aside the angsty dynamics of earlier big-screen depictions, particularly in regards to Peter Parker’s home life. Uncle Ben’s isn’t mentioned by name in the film, with the script instead allowing Peter and his Aunt May to exist outside of the realm of tragedy. The two share some of the more heartwarming scenes found in the film, but according to a disappointed Marisa Tomei, a sequence which didn’t make it into the final script would have given May even more depth and her own opportunity to shine heroically in the spotlight.
“There were also things in the original [script], which I signed up for, which weren’t there when we shot it,” Tomei said in an interview with HuffPost. “There was something going on in the neighborhood, and there was a little girl in distress, and I saved her, and Peter saw me save her, so you kind of saw that he got part of his ethics from her.”
The actress, who first portrayed the MCU’s younger version of Aunt May in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before reprising the role for Homecoming, then went on to explain how the scene would have given her character and Peter another outlet to connect on, albeit an unspoken one. “Then I come home, and I don’t even tell him that that’s what happened, and, of course, there’s all this stuff that he’s not telling me,” Tomei continued. “So he’s like, ‘How was your day?’ And I’m like, ‘It was fine,’ but really I was shaking inside because of this whole crisis that had happened in the city. I’m kind of fibbing to him, and he’s fibbing to me, and we’re living in this house together, and it was a very interesting setup. I was quite disappointed that wasn’t in there.”
When asked to elaborate on how the development team went about honing in on a final script, Homecoming director Jon Watts explained that a film goes through a series of identities before all parties involved land on a final vision. “Writing the script is an evolving process, especially if you have more than one writer involved, but if anything you’re always just trying to boil it down to the essentials,” Watts said. “An initial pass at a script is more of an exploratory pass, and you start locking in on what the themes are and you start locking in on the best character moments and the set pieces and boiling it down to be the most precise thing possible.”
In theaters now, Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
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