The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an ever expanding place. Its massive slate of blockbusters are constantly introducing new dynamic heroes, and deals with Sony and possibly Fox have allowed beloved characters to join the shared universe. This includes Spider-Man, which made his debut in the MCU with Captain America: Civil War. This was eventually followed up by his acclaimed solo film Spider-Man: Homecoming, allowing Tom Holland to really shine as the titular web crawler. And while the deal with Sony seemed like a pipe dream before it was penned, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige already had the ending to Homecoming planned. Namely, he was ready for Aunt May to learn Peter Parker's secret identity.
It turns out that Kevin Feige actually promised this big moment ten years ago. He penned a letter about the character to accompany 2008's Spider-Man: One More Day comic, and it straight up promised that May would catch Peter eventually on the silver screen, as he had in the comic series by J. Michael Straczynski. It read (via Reddit):
Well, I just got chills. It looks like Kevin Feige is a man of his word, as he managed to bring that particular moment to Spider-Man: Homecoming's final shots. It was a major moment for the fandom, as well as a hilarious button at the end of a quirky, fun adventure.
Aunt May finding out Peter's secret was essentially the final shot of Homecoming. After temporarily turning down a spot in The Avengers, Peter comes home to find his Spider-Man suit back in his possession. And after suiting up, we see May in the background of the shot, exclaiming "what the fuck?" before the credits began rolling.
Aside from being a hilarious ending, this will allow the MCU's take on Spider-Man to continue being original and unique from the previous two franchises. We've never seen a silver screen version of Aunt May who was aware of Peter's vigilante activities, and it will surely change the dynamic between the two. This should be an interesting dynamic to explore in future films, as May will no doubt attempt to give some structure and rules to her super powered nephew. Tom Holland's age appropriate Peter has been praised for more accurately portraying a high school student turned superhero, so it'll be fascinating to see May attempt to parent Peter in the wake of this revelation.
Alas, we'll likely have to wait quite a while until we see this dynamic play out. Marisa Tomei isn't set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4, as Peter will presumably be too busy battling Thanos and his forces. So we'll have to wait until Spider-Man: Homecoming's sequel in Phase Four to find out what's happening at May's home in Queens.
You can catch Spider-Man return in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
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