Not because she is a bad actress. Not because I dislike her. I like her a lot and think she is talented. But you know…this is Aunt May…
She is an older woman. Now granted, they made her a bit less frail in the Ultimate Spider-Man Comics. I appreciate and get that. Old does not feel quite the same in my 40’s. But when Sam Raimi made the first Spider-Man in 2002, Rosemary Harris was 75 at the time. I loved Harris in all three of Raimi’s Spider-Man films. She had a strength of spirit and a kindness, even though she was not physically imposing.
When they rebooted the franchise with the Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, Sally Field was 66. I liked this casting, it put a slightly younger spin, but Aunt May was still advanced in age in comparison to Peter.
But Marisa Tomei is barely 51. I mean, I guess it is not that crazy to think of a teen having an aunt in their 50’s…but for some reason this ongoing de-aging of Aunt May just feels…off.