Spider-Man Nearly Cut Aunt May Because She Was Too Wrinkly

A comic writer has claimed Insomniac nearly cut Aunt May from Marvel’s Spider-Man because her wrinkles were too hard to animate. 

According to reporting by GamesRadar, Spider-Man comics writer Dan Slott claimed that the difficulty in animating older characters meant Insomniac nearly cut Peter Parker’s only living relative from the game. He said:

“They were telling me the reality of it; according to them, old characters – wrinkly characters – to make them look good and realistic, it takes a big amount of work. Equal to what they could use to create five other characters.”

Credit: Insomniac Games

He gave the example of Marisa Tomei’s performance as Aunt May in the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies. Slott argued they could age down Aunt May to make her easier to animate. He went on to say:

“They wanted Aunt May to just be a voice on the answering machine or over the phone. In a very early version, they didn’t want Aunt May to even be an NPC.”

He dug his heels in. Aunt May is a central character in Spider-Man’s story, giving his story important grounding and heart. From her iconic look in the 90s animated Spider-Man to the totally awesome Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, it’s nice to see an older woman playing an important role in a superhero story. 

Credit: Sony

Thank goodness Slott was in Aunt May’s corner – she made it into the game. 

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