May Parker is Peter Parker's aunt.
Raising Peter Parker
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
- "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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Behind the Scenes
- 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.