Reverse ageism?

Twitter thinks Marisa Tomei is too young and “hot” to play Spiderman’s aunt

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Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei is in line to play Spiderman’s Auntie May in the next reboot of the superhero-franchise — but fans of the comic book aren’t having it. They took to Twitter to voice their discontent saying that Tomei, at 50, is just too young and attractive to play the role. Previously, the role has been played by Rosemary Harris, then 74 years old, and by a 66-year-old Sally Field. However, some have also argued that the choice for a younger actress shows Hollywood’s negative attitude towards age — revealing the industry’s ageism and sexism. But while Auntie May was generally depicted as an older, grey-haired pensioner in the original Spiderman comics, many more recent Spiderman comics and TV adaptations have shown her as a woman in her late forties or early fifties. As Marvel is taking the beloved superhero back to high school (he will be played by 19-year old Tom Holland), several people have also pointed out that a middle-aged Auntie May makes more sense. Tomei is said to be in final negotiations for the role and rumored to appear in the role, alongside Tom Holland, in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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