I’m sure you guys are familiar with Latino Review. It’s a scoop site, and they get a lot right (and some wrong, see e.g., Cara Delevingne eyed for Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad, unless Collider is wrong about Margot Robbie landing the role). They know people, and even when Latino Review is wrong, it’s generally because they jumped the gun and identified something in the works that changed along the way or never came to fruition or they reported something that is still at the spitballing stage.
The next rumor, I suspect, is still at the spitballing stage, but the fact that it’s even being considered tells you what you need to know about Sony’s crumbling Spider-man franchise. Sony doesn’t seem to know what they’re doing about Spider-man 3 and they have two spin-offs, Sinister Six and Venom that seem to be spinning their wheels. There are even rumors that Sony plans to scrap the entire existing Spider-man universe and reboot again, as well as rumors that Sony is going to team up with Marvel and share the rights to the character.
Point is: It’s a mess over at Sony and nobody seems to know what they’re doing, which is why this rumor possibility seems so strangely likely: According to Latino Review, they’re working on an Aunt May spin-off.
Yes. Aunt May.
Not the older Aunt May, currently played by Sally Field, but a younger, Aunt May.
A movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was shouldered with the responsibility of raising Peter Parker. The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying “classier Agent Carter” without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series.
And yet, it makes some sense: With Marvel and D.C. racing to get the first female-led superhero film to the marketplace, maybe Sony wants to play, too, and a young Aunt May may be their best shot at making that happen.
But Aunt May? In the vein of Mad Men? Come on now!