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The Spider-Man: Homecoming casting train continues to race along the tracks. Since the beginning of June, Spidey's first solo movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has recruited a lot of notable talent to its production, from comedians like Hannibal Buress to new faces like Abraham Attah. Most of the additions have been men, but today brings the news that Emmy award-winning actress Tyne Daly has been brought aboard.
Daly's casting was reported by Deadline, but as has become the norm with Spider-Man: Homecoming, who she will play wasn't revealed. She joins a star-studded lineup that includes Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Michael Mando, Bokeem Woodbine and plenty more. Following his MCU introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming will explore Peter Parker's life both as a high school student in Queens, New York and as a superhero still learning the ropes.
If Marisa Tomei wasn't already playing Peter's Aunt May, I could see Tyne Daly occupying that role, but obviously this isn't the case. The standard guess nowadays when it comes to adults joining Spider-Man: Homecoming is that they're playing one of Peter's teachers, which could certainly fit Daly. However, if we're looking at characters from the comics, one person that comes to mind is Anna Watson, Mary Jane Watson's aunt. Mary Jane hasn't been officially announced to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but as one of Peter's most prominent love interests over the decades, then there's a good chance she might show up. If we assume that one of the actresses already announced is secretly playing Mary Jane, then she's likely not only one of his classmates, but also living with her aunt in the same apartment building that Peter and May live in. Of course, that's just one of many possibilities, proving even more that Marvel really needs to put out a press release identifying who all these actors are playing in the movie.
Tyne Daly has built an impressive career acting in television for nearly 50 years. From 1981 to 1988, she starred as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in the TV show Cagney & Lacey, for which she won four Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and was nominated for several Golden Globes. She also earned notoriety for playing Maxine Gray in Judging Amy from 1999 to 2005, which earned her another Emmy in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, while her sixth Emmy came from Christy. Outside of these shows, her credits include Columbo, Burn Notice, Grey's Anatomy and Modern Family. More recently, she starred alongside Sally Field (a.k.a. Aunt May in the Amazing Spider-Man movies) in Hello, My Name is Doris.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently in production in Atlanta, Georgia, and will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.