Marvel's Spider-Man Almost Cut Aunt May Due To Wrinkles – Screen Rant

Insomniac almost didn’t include Aunt May in 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man due to how difficult it is to render elderly, wrinkled characters.
Aunt May is an integral part of Peter Parker’s universe, but she almost didn’t make the cut in Marvel’s Spider-Man due to old characters being hard to animate. Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man received near-universal acclaim when it was released on the PlayStation 4 in 2018, thanks in part to an emotionally charged story that explored the duality between Peter Parker’s everyday life and his high-octane adventures as a masked protector of New York City.
Part of this duality is May Parker, and Peter’s kindhearted and well-meaning aunt spends most of Marvel’s Spider-Man working at a volunteer shelter run by Martin Li – aka Mr. Negative. Peter can often stop by this shelter and visit her as she works to provide food and shelter to Manhattan’s homeless population, and can even share an endearingly awkward conversation with her on social media while swinging around in Marvel’s Spider-Man. Things soon take a much darker turn for Aunt May when she contracts the deadly Devil’s Breath plague that is unleashed on New York during Marvel’s Spider-Man’s later chapters, and the game ultimately concludes with Peter making a difficult choice between his personal life and the greater good of the city at large. However, this emotional climax almost didn’t happen. In fact, Insomniac originally didn’t plan for Aunt May to be seen in Marvel’s Spider-Man at all.
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As reported by GamesRadar, Marvel’s Spider-Man writer and longtime comic book scribe Dan Slott recently revealed that Insomniac almost didn’t include Aunt May in a physical capacity, instead planning for her to be featured as a faceless voice on an answering machine or over the phone, rather than a walking Spider-Man NPC. Slott explained that this was due to elderly, wrinkled characters being more difficult to render, with Insomniac telling him that Aunt May’s model took as much effort as five younger characters. However, Slott remained adamant that May be featured in Marvel’s Spider-Man, even pointing out that other versions of the character aren’t as wrinkly. Insomniac ultimately went with a portrayal somewhere between Rosemary Harris’s elderly look from the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy and Marisa Tomei’s younger depiction in the MCU.
Slott’s comments come as fans prepare themselves for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which was recently announced during September’s PlayStation Showcase and is set to launch on the PS5 sometime in 2023. This new adventure will see Peter join forces with rookie Spider-Man Miles Morales to battle a slew of new enemies, not the least of which will likely be Peter’s longtime best friend Harry Osborn as Venom. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is said to have a much darker plot than either Marvel’s Spider-Man or its 2020 follow-up Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which says much considering the intense and emotional climax Peter went through in the first game.
Considering the key role Aunt May played in the plot of Marvel’s Spider-Man, it’s hard to imagine how the game would have played out had Insomniac stuck to their original plan of having her be heard and not seen. Thankfully, Dan Slott and the talented developers behind Marvel’s Spider-Man were able to provide a solid physical representation of Aunt May to serve as an emotional crux for one of the best superhero games ever made.
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Source: GamesRadar
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