The recently released “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ends in a way that has gotten fans talking for one notable big change to comics canon. Now, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has gone on the record about that change and why they decided to go for it.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Speaking with Cinema Blend, Feige says the decision to have Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) discover Peter’s secret about being Spider-Man, and in a way that serves as the film’s biggest laugh, was a dynamics change he’s wanted to do for a while:
“J. Michael Straczynski did an issue when he was doing his run of Spidey many years ago where she discovered the secret. I think it was in the laundry or something, and they had a sit-down scene. And probably going back to Spider-Man 2, I would sort of carry that issue around and go, ‘We should do this someday, we should do this someday.’ And it was great luck that it hadn’t been done yet. That was always part of the plan.
And very much like our instinct to say, ‘Let’s have Tony Stark say “I’m Iron Man” at the end. Well, what does that mean for the next movie? I don’t know, but it will force us to do something unique. We did not want to do the secret identity thing at that point in the MCU. And now, same thing. The dynamic now is forced to be something fresh and something unique going forward.”
Marisa Tomei for one welcomes the change up because it means her Aunt May character can develop in new ways in a role that otherwise could have been pigeonholed:
“By the time [the script] got to me, that scene was already in place. And it was a set up for whatever is to come. It takes a big burden off of the character, too. You don’t have to do the same thing over and over again, so he and I can have a different kind of relationship going forward, also. … That will come in the next installation, if I’m lucky and it happens. But I think it will. I hope. I think that will free up having the same kind of, ‘I wonder what he’s doing? He looks suspicious!’ [Laughs] There are only so many ways I can skin that cat.”
The film’s director Jon Watts has likened the moment to the final shot in “Iron Man” and it advances their main goal with these new movies which is to do things with “Spider-Man” that haven’t been done on screen before.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is in cinemas now, the sequel is already slated for July 2019.