May Parker is Peter Parker's aunt.
Looking after Peter Parker
May Parker met and married Ben Parker and the two would come to look after their young and orphaned nephew, Peter Parker. The three lived in Queens as Peter grew up and eventually her husband died, resulting in May to look after Peter as he grew up.
Tony Stark's Visit
- "But you didn't tell me anything. What's up with that? You keeping secrets from me now?"
"I just know how much you love surprises so I thought I would let you know..."
- ―May Parker and Peter Parker
May Parker was greeted by Tony Stark at her and her nephew Peter's apartment. He told her that he had offered Peter a scholarship. Before Peter came back to her apartment, the two were seemingly into a discussion, with Stark complimenting May on her walnut date loaves. When Peter got home from school, May asked him why he did not tell her about the scholarship. Peter, knowing he did not apply for a scholarship and did not receive one, played along until he and Stark decided to discuss everything in private.
Caring for Peter
- "What's the matter, I thought you loved larb? Too much larb? Not larby enough. Okay, how many times do I have to say larb to get you to talk to me? You know I "larb" you."
- ―May to Peter Parker
Two months later, May let Ned Leeds, a friend of Peter's, into his room so he could build his Lego with Peter. A few minutes later, May heard a crash and asked what it was, to which Peter replied was nothing. She came by the room, to find Peter in his underwear and Ned's Lego scattered over the floor. She invited the two to a Thai restaurant, which Peter accepted but told May that Ned was unable to go. May told Peter to perhaps put on some clothes before they went out.
At the restaurant, May commented on how Peter had barely touched his food. Seeing that her nephew was distracted, she turned around and saw on the television, footage of the Robbery at Queens Community Bank. May tells Peter to run for safety if he ever sees something like that happening. A waiter then gave her an extra helping of food, which surprised May as she did not order it. The waiter insisted that it was on the house, and once he left Peter pointed out that he had given it to her out of sheer physical attraction.
Dropping Peter and Ned off
- "Cut the bullshit. I know you left detention today. I know you left the hotel room in Washington. I know you sneak out of this house every night and that is not fine. Peter, you have to tell me what's going on. You can tell me! Just you and me. I promise."
"I lost the Stark Internship."
- ―May and Peter Parker
After receiving a call from the Midtown School of Science and Technology about Peter attempting to skip school and leaving detention early, May waited for Peter to come home so she could talk to him. When Peter came home, she confronted him, informing him that she knew of his absence from school and his sneaking out of the house. She offered to help him with whatever he needed, only that he had to tell her what was going on. Peter confessed that he had lost the Stark Internship. May comforted Peter and told him that she was there for him.
- "May! I need your help!"
- ―Peter Parker
Several days later, Peter ran into their house and told May that he needed her help in preparing for the Homecoming Dance, as he had got a date with Liz Toomes. May helped Peter out, giving him a suit to wear, a corsage and teaching him how to tie a Windsor Knot. On the night of the dance, May dropped Peter off at Liz's house after giving some last minute advice.
- "What the fu—"
- ―May upon discovering Peter in his Spider-Man Suit
- "You know, It's so hard for me to believe that she is someone's aunt."
"Yeah, we come in all shapes and sizes, you know."
- ―Tony Stark and May Parker
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May cares much for her nephew Peter having to raise him alone after the death of her husband, constantly worrying about him as well as giving him advice, including that she believed Tony Stark's "internship" may not be the best thing for him, as it left him distracted and tired and took away from his school life. May has been described as being very attractive by both Stark and Mr. Delmar, and is further evidence when a server at a Thai restaurant winked at her and gave her free food.
- Differently from the comics, May Parker is Italian-American, like the actress Marisa Tomei who portrays her.
- The casting of Marisa Tomei as May Parker received some backlash on social media, with some claiming that she was too young and attractive to play the character, who has previously been a much older woman in various other incarnations. Captain America: Civil War co-writer Stephen McFeely explained that this change was made to fit with Marvel Studios' approach to Spider-Man, as they had found it unrealistic for a teenager to have such an elderly aunt: "We were all in lockstep pretty early on to make him as naturalistic as possible, in addition to being as young as possible. So what is it really like for a 15-year-old kid? Where does he live in Queens? That’s partly why his aunt isn’t 80 years old; if she’s the sister of his dead mother, why does she have to be two generations ahead?"
- However, the rendition of Aunt May in the MCU follows the comics in the case that May is Peter's aunt by marriage as opposed to co-writer Stephen McFeely's statement that May is the sister of his dead mother.
- May Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the fourth live-action incarnation of the character, following incarnations portrayed by Jeff Donnell, Rosemary Harris and Sally Field.