Script writing is a process and sometimes good scenes have to get cut just for time. In this case it was a scene involving Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tomei’s take on the character was a lot of fun even if the movie thought the joke of pointing out how hot she is is way funnier than they think it is. The movie would have benefited from more scenes with May and according to an interview with Tomei for The Huffington Post there was a scene she was sad to see cut out.
“There was something going on in the neighborhood, and there was a little girl in distress, and I saved her, and Peter saw me save her, so you kind of saw that he got part of his ethics from her … Then I come home, and I don’t even tell him that that’s what happened, and, of course, there’s all this stuff that he’s not telling me. So he’s like, ‘How was your day?’ And I’m like, ‘It was fine,’ but really I was shaking inside because of this whole crisis that had happened in the city. I’m kind of fibbing to him, and he’s fibbing to me, and we’re living in this house together, and it was a very interesting setup. I was quite disappointed that wasn’t in there.”
That sounds like it would have been a fun scene and it would have helped the audience see how May has effected Peter’s life in a very fundamental way. The Post asked director Jon Watts about the scene and other scenes that were cut.
“Writing the script is an evolving process, especially if you have more than one writer involved, but if anything you’re always just trying to boil it down to the essentials,” said Watts. “An initial pass at a script is more of an exploratory pass, and you start locking in on what the themes are and you start locking in on the best character moments and the set pieces and boiling it down to be the most precise thing possible.”
While this does sound like something that could have killed the pacing a bit there was not nearly enough May or any of the other female characters in this movie. A scene showing that a women, an older woman, could be a hero in her own right could have meant a lot to older women everywhere. We don’t know that much about Peter before he’s brought into the fight in Civil War. A scene like that could have been a great “show don’t tell” moment that helped expand his past a bit.
Summary: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.
Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, and Michael Keaton. Swing on down to your local theater and check it out now.