Rumor: Sony Pictures Wants Aunt May Spin-Off Without Spider-Man
If anyone thought that Sony Pictures still had the ability to save The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, you may want to sit down for this. It's no secret that the studio has been struggling with The Amazing Spider-Man as the comic book movie series hasn't been nearly as successful as they hoped. Is it fatigue with Spider-Man, or has Sony just not done anything good enough for fans who have seen what Marvel Studios can do with their superheroes? It's tough to say definitively, but an idea that's being developed at the studio proves that they have absolutely no idea what they're going to do with the property beyond Spider-Man.
There have been rumblings of a female-led Spider-Man universe movie (the latest includes a team-up of female Spider-Man universe characters codenamed Glass Ceiling), but Latino Review has heard that Sony Pictures has been developing a movie focused on Aunt May (recently played by Sally Field), but more importantly, this movie would be without Spider-Man. Hardcore comic fans may remember there have been a few imaginings of Aunt May in superhero form:
However, rather than seeing her put on a suit and gaining superpowers, this film would be a prequel following Aunt May as she gets caught up in some kind of espionage story in the style of "Mad Men." If that sounds familiar, that's because Marvel is already working on "Agent Carter," an eight-episode limited series based around Hayley Atwell's S.H.I.E.L.D. founding character from Captain America: The First Avenger. While the idea of a female-led story like this is something Sony should be interested in, having that character be a young Aunt May just reeks of desperation and makes me think the studio is clueless. This is the kind of idea you settle for when all others are exhausted.
Having Aunt May be a spy or caught up in a high profile espionage plot feels so contrived and misguided on so many levels. The Amazing Spider-Man franchise already suffers from a new trend in recent origin stories that tries to link every single plot point and character in any way possible (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the worst culprit so far). I'm all for messing with origin stories to a point, but if Aunt May's prequel has some strange ties to Oscorp, the project Richard Parker was working on, and the life of Peter Parker, then that's just plain dumb. Anyway, this movie is still only in development, so it may not solidify, but the fact that it's a real idea is just maddening. What do you think?