Spider-Man: Homecoming writers explain what that final scene means moving forward

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Jul 10, 2017

Peter Parker’s first solo adventure in the MCU is blowing up the box office, and now the writers have chimed in to explain what that final scene means for the world of Spider-Man moving forward.

Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming!

The film ended with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker suiting up in his high-tech Spider suit, only to turn around and realize his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) has walked in and caught him red- (and blue-) handed. She goes to drop an F-bomb just as the credits roll and the rock soundtrack kicks in. It’s played for a laugh, but Aunt May realizing Peter is actually Spider-Man is a major twist for the MCU. For readers of the Ultimate Universe comics, it’s not a huge shock, but it’s a big change as far as live-action Spider-Man stories are concerned.

So how will it change things? The film’s screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about the twist, and Goldstein said it was a deliberate decision to bring May deeper into Peter’s world:

“It just sort of diminishes what is often the most trivial part of superhero worlds, which is finding your secret. It takes the emphasis off that, lets her become part of what's really his life, so it's not cloak-and-dagger stuff. It's how does he best use these powers to help the world, help himself and his family and act responsibly. What’s funny is, when we first went in to Marvel, we said we were imagining that Aunt May would be a Marisa Tomei type, and they kind of exchanged a look, because they were already secretly in negotiations with her. So things worked out well; we were all on the same page.”

Daley added that the May reveal also sets up a storyline where “this maternal figure, who is supposed to protect this kid, but also knowing this kid is so much stronger than she is, and in fact his job is going to be to protect her, presumably.” Not unlike what we’ve seen in the Ultimate comics over the years. Marisa Tomei’s May was a scene-stealer every time she was on camera, and it’s great to know she’ll be one even bigger part of the MCU moving forward.

What did you think of the reveal? A good narrative decision, or too much too soon?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)