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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.
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.