We all know how people feel about Uncle Ben, after Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy and then Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man. We’ve had enough of Uncle Ben being gunned down in the streets. Now a trilogy deep in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we haven’t seen nor barely heard a peep about Uncle Ben. Aunt May, on the other hand, has always been there to support Peter.
But what would a world without Aunt May look like for Peter Parker? Spider-Man that released on the PlayStation 4 nearly cut the wise old Matriarch from Peter’s life, well kind of. According to Marvel Comics writer Dan Slott in an interview with Games Radar, she was too wrinkly to animate properly.
There have been quite a few different versions of Aunt May over the years and between Rosemary Harris in Spider-Man (2002) and who fans have dubbed ‘Hot Aunt May’ with Marisa Tomei in the MCU, it would’ve been unforgivable to completely remove her from Spidey’s life. The plan had she not appeared, would’ve still had her in the game but just talking to Peter via recordings or the cellphone.
It’s a good thing that she’s still in the game though because otherwise, it might have looked completely different. Aunt May served a vital role in the game as she was the driving force behind the F.E.A.S.T. Centers and had a strong connection to the villain as well.
Spider-Man just isn’t Spider-Man without his Aunt May, it’s like trying to do a Superman game but deciding Lois Lane doesn’t have to be present. They’re the rocks for these heroes and they wouldn’t be who they are without them.
Feature Screencap from Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Trailer by Insomniac Games.