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