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May Parker



Benjamin Parker (husband, deceased)
Spider-Man (nephew)






Marital Status

The aunt of Peter Parker

Place of Birth
Somewhere in America

First appearance
Last appearance



In the Spider-Man films, Aunt May is played by Rosemary Harris as a 70-80ish housewife, and later, widow. She is the one who encourages Peter the most throughout the films with her words of wisdom as Ben Parker had done before his death, in the second movie even managing to make him try to return to Spider-Man life after losing his powers.

In the 2002 film Spider-Man, Aunt May and Uncle Ben take care of their nephew, Peter Parker. After Uncle Ben is shot and killed by a carjacker, Peter and May share their grief for Uncle Ben. Later, when Peter has moved into an apartment with his friend Harry Osborn, Aunt May visits them on Thanksgiving. She is not shy about reprimanding Harry's father Norman for his rude and boorish behavior. Shortly thereafter, when Norman (who has become the villainous Green Goblin), learns Spider-Man's identity, he attacks May at home while she is saying her prayers. May is terrified by the Goblin's demonic appearance, and is hospitalized after the Goblin injures her. (The Green Goblin then makes a failed attempt to kill Mary Jane Watson, whom he believes is Spider-Man's girlfriend, before he is killed). May shows up at Norman Osborn's funeral alongside Peter, MJ and Harry, soon after that, she and Peter visit Ben's grave located elsewhere in the cemetery.

In the sequel, Spider-Man 2 (2004), Aunt May continues to look after Peter, and has had financial difficulties since the death of her husband, forcing her to sell the house and live in a smaller apartment. Her opinion of Spider-Man isn't high, claiming "the less we see of him, the better". However, when May's visit to the bank with Peter is interrupted by a robbery perpetrated by Otto Octavius, Octavius takes her hostage and climbs the side of a skyscraper with her. She is in turn, rescued by Spider-Man, and from that point believes that he is good. Later in the film, Peter's powers begin to wane because of a subconsious desire to live a normal life, and he desides to give up his costumed persona, Aunt May makes a speech which encourages him to resume his heroic activities. Wether she has deduced his secret identity or not is not made explicit, however, the bank robbery scene, in which she takes notice of Peter fleeing and where May reacts suspiciously after Spider-Man tells her, "We sure showed him", and May's later speech to Peter about the need for Spider-Man to return, suggest that she may in fact know of her nephew's alter-ego. Also in the film, she expresses that she feels she caused Uncle Ben's death ("You wanted to take the subway, and he wanted to drive you. And if i had stopped him, we'd all be having tea together"), prompring Peter to admit that he caused the death by not stopping the killer. May is understandably stunned and sad, but later thanks Peter and tells him that admitting the truth to her was a brave thing to do.

In Spider-Man 3 (2007), Peter tells Aunt May that he's going to ask Mary Jane to marry him, after which the two embrace. May then tells him that he needs to come up with a good way to initiate the proposal, and that he needs to put his wife before, no matter what. She then relates to Peter how Uncle Ben proposed to her, and that they would have been married for fifty years "this August", had Ben not been killed. She then takes of her engagement ring and asks Peter to use it to propose to MJ. May is also present alongside Peter when Captain Stacy tells them that Flint Marko, his uncle's "actual" killer, is on the run. She plays a strong role in providing moral support to Peter but nothing much is really done by her in the third movie, nor was she ever targeted by Spider-Man's foes as in the previous two movies. Later, when Peter informs May about Sandman's apparent demise at the hands of Spider-Man (under the influence of an alien Symbiote), she delivers another speech, which is more of a warning to Peter of the danger to oneself in seeking revenge. Peter is at first shocked at his aunt's reaction, for he expected Aunt May to be happy as Sandman was the one who killed Uncle Ben. Peter soon realizes that this is not the case, and Aunt May says that Uncle Ben would never have wanted revenge. Much later, May talks to Peter in his appartment where Peter says that he's done terrible things (after seperating from the Symbiote suit that had caused him to hurt Mary Jane and Harry). He tries to return her ring to her, but Aunt May says that she knows he'll find a way to put it right, and gives it back. May later shows up at Harry Osborn's funeral at the end of the film.

Powers and Abilities



None known


She can play the piano

Strength level

Normal human female


None known


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