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We Told Lily Tomlin About the Time Aunt May Had Spider-Powers

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is so close to swinging its way onto our screens and it is marvelous. One of the highlights of the brilliant animated adventure is Lily Tomlin’s awesome Aunt May. A vibrant new take on the classic character, Tomlin’s May plays a vital part in the film and earlier this year our very own Hector Navarro interviewed the iconic actor and spilled some secrets about a lesser known version of the character known as Spider-Ma’am.

During the chat, the pair talked about May’s awesome history as a core part of the Spider-Man universe, from her introduction in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy No. 15 to the action-packed awesomeness of her role in Into the Spider-Verse. Tomlin explained that her journey to becoming a superhero fan was the realization that there are humans behind the mask, something that the film deals with brilliantly, with each of the characters given an arc and a story that feels like it matters.

Hector also introduced Tomlin to the wicked alt-universe version of Aunt May. Introduced in What If? #23, Spider-Ma’am takes on the powers and role usually reserved for her nephew after being bitten by a radioactive spider in on her Earth. Tomlin was incredibly happy with this revelation, especially as her wish for future Spider-Verse movies was to see an older hero put on the mask. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll get to hear Tomlin voice a super-powered Aunt May. We can dream, right?

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