One of the co-writers of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has just made a revelation regarding one of the film’s defining scenes. Indeed, Aunt May’s death was originally intended to be very different from what was preserved in the final cut. But because of the COVID-19 epidemic, things have been more complicated than expected.
Spider-Man: No Way Home – the return of the band
Released on December 15, 2021, Spider-Man: No Way Home keeps talking about him. Directed by Jon Watts, the feature film is the third film Spiderman worn by young Tom Holland. A new opus already cult, which explodes all box office records with more than $1.7 billion in revenue. Besides the presence of Tom Holland, Spider-Man: No Way Home brings back the usual cast. Namely Zendaya in the skin of MJ, Jon Favreau in Happy, Jacob Batalon in the role of Ned, and finally Marisa Tomei in Aunt May’s clothes.
A death that should have been different
Spider-Man: No Way Home also marks the end of the road for Aunt May. Indeed, the welcoming Peter Parker’s aunt is coldly murdered by Le Bouffon Vert. A logical outcome compared to Peter Parker who must free himself from his past to start a new life. An evolution that inevitably had to go through the disappearance of the mother figure. Thus, after appearing in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marisa Tomei makes her fourth and final appearance as Aunt May in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
But the death of the character was initially supposed to be quite different. Erik Sommers, one of the screenwriters of the film indeed stopped on this sequence. The writer indeed explained at the microphone of Gold Derby that many logistical problems have changed the scene:
It was tricky from a production standpoint. We had different ideas about where the scene should take place. We had an idea with the interior of an ambulance. We had a whole version that was built around that, but it wasn’t practical to shoot during COVID. That’s the kind of thing that happens. So we had to change and move the stage, physically, to another place while trying to keep all the other elements functional, and we had to make adjustments. This is the kind of thing that happens in production.
Inevitably, the COVID has impacted many film productions which have been forced to adapt to the health measures in force. Erik Sommers is nevertheless satisfied with the result retained in Jon Watts’ film:
I’m glad it affected people the way we wanted it to, that it resonated, because it’s so important to Peter’s story and his journey, so I’m glad people felt it worked.