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Sony Denies Spider-Man Spinoff Starring Young Aunt May [UPDATED]

UPDATE 11/11/14 4:00 PM PT: When reached by CBR News, a source within Sony stated that the report of a Spider-Man spinoff starring a young Aunt May is a “silly rumor” with “no validity whatsoever.” Original story follows.

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Sony Pictures has already announced plans to expand its Spider-Man franchise with spinoffs focused on Venom and the Sinister Six, and a female-led movie seems like a serious possibility. However, the studio may only be getting started.

File this rumor under “So Absurd It’ll Probably Turn Out to Be True,” but Latino Review contends Sony is interested a movie about a young Aunt May (go ahead and get the cracks about Marvel’s widely panned Trouble out of your system). According to the website, “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.”

The difference, of course, is that Peggy Carter was one of the breakout characters of Captain America: The First Avenger, and the continuation of her adventures first in a Marvel One-Shot and, soon, in an ABC miniseries grew out of the story and audience interest. As good as Sally Field was in the two Amazing Spider-Man movies (she is a two-time Oscar winner, after all), it’s difficult to imagine there were many viewers thinking, “Wow, if only we knew more about what Aunt May was doing four decades ago!”

Still, studio executives have made stranger decisions, so maybe this rumor is true, and Sony will soon announce another Spider-Man movie without Spider-Man (as if one of the world’s most recognizable characters has somehow become toxic). Or maybe in a game of Hollywood-gossip telephone, murmurs of a Spider-Girl/May “Mayday” Parker spinoff transmogrified into the adventures of Young Aunt May.

Whatever the case, we can pretty much guarantee it won’t be based on Trouble.


  • Patrick Gizinski

    Only a matter of time before Marvel gets the rights back.

  • Kuruman

    Hopefully it happens soon, ’cause this is just getting pathetic. All these unnecessary spinoffs (that no one asked for, btw) just to keep the rights to Spiderman.

  • Frisky Dingo

    I was about to go off. For a second there I thought they were making a Trouble movie.

  • Patrick Gizinski

    It’s just very clear, Sony has no idea what to do with Spider-Man.

  • MJ

    Marvel/Disney should just buy the rights back for like a few billion or whatever, before these atrocities even manage to hit the screen. Save everyone the trouble (no pun intended), and just give the fans what they obviously want.

  • Film Cutting

    Sony will make an Aunt May movie only if they need to keep Marvel from taking Spidey back.

  • Andrew Miller

    Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 15 years for that to happen though…

  • Patrick Gizinski

    I would love, after Infinity War for Marvel to launch Phase 4 with Spider-Man and sort of start introducing new characters. Runaways (they have a script), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Winter Soldier. While also continuing with some fun sequels like Black Panther 2 and Captain Marvel 2.

    But man, if they launched it with a Marvel Universe Spider-Man. I can only imagine the possibilities.

  • Alex Hayden

    i sincerely hope it’s the version of the telelphone game where the rumor started out as May “Mayday” Parker.

  • penguintruth

    FFS, you can’t even get Spider-Man right, and you want to do all these spin-offs, Sony? You make me want to vomit. Not only should Marvel get the rights back, they should sue for defamation.

  • Dan Laxuma

    Why can’t Sony make a Black Cat movie?

  • Derek Sanders

    I actually liked Andrew Garfield playing Peter Parker and Emma Stone playing Gwen Stacy. However, they miscast all the villains and in the TASM2, the Rhino was just plain stupid and their version of Electro just felt wrong. And they pretty much took a massive dump on Green Goblin’s character.

  • JasonMBryant

    Why do people take Latino Review seriously? They’re wrong so often, people shouldn’t believe their news until it is confirmed by a better source.

  • akkadiannumen

    Yeah, just a couple of centuries. :p

  • Zwarrior2

    They know what to do, keep him away from Marvel. That’s why they rebooted it in the first place.

  • Omnipotent


  • Peter Parker

    I truly hope this turns out to be false.

  • Charles S.

    The Spider-Man franchise is worth more than a billion dollars to Sony, when weighed over the length of eternity.

  • John Sheldon

    Nope; it isnt true. Its just a rumor.

  • John Sheldon

    As stated above, it is false.

  • Patrick Gizinski

    Yeah but Sony is also not in the business of wasting money. Especially when you consider that the company is doing really bad, financially. Amazing Spider-Man 2 performed badly to them, despite making profits. It underperformed.

    If the property and franchise no longer, to them, proves to be fruitful. I can seem them making a deal with Marvel/Disney.

  • ieyke

    One would certainly hope.

  • ieyke

    So say we all.

  • MJ

    The same was said about Star Wars properties under Lucasfilm, and look what happened there.

  • inshadowsunseen

    Okay, lets do it. We can call the movie The Amazing Spiderman Family


    That’s part of the issue I’d bet: they need to launch Star Wars before buying the Marvel properties back. Just a guess, but I think after the second SW movie does well they’ll get Spider-Man and X-Men back into the fold.