Latino Review is reporting this morning that Sony is possibly eyeing Aunt May for her own solo Spider-flick. We kid you not.
Normally I’d roll my eyes and sigh at news like this as obvious clickbait. But Latino Review’s definitely not a clickbaity site for film news. Not by any means.
From their write-up:
Now, it’s my solemn duty to put another wild Sony thrashing Spider-Movie on the pile of rumored Spider-Man movies. I was told by the Latino Review editorial brain-trust that this is completely true: Sony is pursuing an Aunt May movie.
Yes, an Aunt May movie. A movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was shouldered with the responsibility of raising Peter Parker. The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying “classier Agent Carter” without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series.
Oh don’t worry, True Believers. It gets worse. Latino Review wonders if there is ‘Trouble’ on the horizon.
Marvel, sorry for the name drop Sony, released a Mark Millar-penned romance mini-series in 2003 called Trouble that they thought would be the new origin of Spider-Man. It featured teenage versions of Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Richard and Mary Parker. Through a convoluted series of events, May gets teen-pregnant by Richard but gave up baby Peter to Mary who takes the secret of Peter’s true parentage to her grave.
Spider-Man fans were not happy and the story didn’t sell too well, so that was the end of any attempts to focus on young Aunt May and thereby Spider-Man’s origin reverted back to not-being-the-child-of-Aunt-May.
Oh we all remember Trouble, don’t we? Mark Millar’s trainwreck of kindly forgotten Spider-Man non-history that became even more infamous than Spider-Man: Chapter One in its sheer awfulness.
Latino Review continues, including doubling down on the story about Sony’s current Spider-direction:
It seems odd that Sony would give this a try as a way to reboot Spider-Man like Trouble attempted, but using Aunt May as a Agent Peggy Carter replacement character might not have the emotional resonance that Carter has. I’d imagine it’s hard enough to make a successful period, female-lead, espionage thriller regardless of the main character’s future interactions with superheroes. I can’t imagine why Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, keepers of the Spider-Franchise, think that this is easier than Amazing Spider-Man 3. They’d be the two in charge of this endeavor and it seems unnecessary at best and disastrous at worst.
But that’s what we hear is really happening: Aunt May movie.
Keep in mind there’s not much by way of specifics where Trouble is concerned. That part seems to be speculation. So take it with a huge grain of salt and consider that Sony is (as was earlier suggested in the Latino Review write-up) possibly leaning more towards aping the upcoming Agent Carter.
And here’s some more good news, Crawlspacers. I highly doubt most of what Sony wants to do with Spider-Man, or ‘Glass Ceiling’ or a young Aunt May solo flick will ever see the light of day. They are grasping at straws. A once proud franchise is now reduced to a room full of executives that seem to be trying to out dumb one another. They’ve got a messy rebooted Spider-Man on their hands and they are desperately trying to find ways to turn it into a cinematic universe. But there’s only so much blood you can squeeze from a stone.
What else could this be? Well maybe it’s Sony taking a page from Marvel publishing’s playbook and just trolling fans for the Hell of it. Stay tuned!