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Huge Death In Spider-Man Leaves Fans Confused As Some Say It Was 'Unnecessary'

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Huge Death In Spider-Man Leaves Fans Confused As Some Say It Was 'Unnecessary'

You’d think the clue was in the headline, but to be totally clear: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS HUGE SPOILERS ABOUT SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME 

Fans haven’t been disappointed after flocking to the cinema this week to see Spider-Man: No Way Home – with many saying it’s the best Marvel film ever.  

One thing people aren’t quite so happy with, however, is the storyline that sees Peter Parker’s Aunt May killed off, which is something some feel was an ‘unnecessary’ twist.  

May, who is played by Marisa Tomei, dies at the hands of the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) after being struck down by his glider – poignantly fading away in the arms of her nephew before ultimately succumbing to her wounds. 


Before her cruel death, she tells Peter: “With great power, there must also come great responsibility.” 

Credit: Sony Pictures
Credit: Sony Pictures

TV and film writer Alex Welch has branded the scene the ‘smartest twist’ in the entire Tom Holland-era Spider-Man trilogy, saying it ‘informs Peter’s arc throughout the rest of the film’ as he resolves to ‘cure’ the villains in honour of May, while also helping him bond with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Men. 

However, not all fans feel the same way – with many fuming about the sequence, which they think was ‘pointless’.  


After watching the movie, one tweeted: “Killing aunt May was unnecessary.” 

Another added: “And avoidable...” 

A third wrote: “Aunt May death was so pointless.” 


The hotly anticipated sequel was finally released on this week, smashing pre-pandemic box-office numbers and netting some of the highest-scoring reviews for a Marvel movie since Avengers: Endgame.

The movie picks up right after Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) framed Spider-Man for his murder and unmasked him as Peter Parker at the end of 2019's Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Facing a tide of negative press, Peter turns to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and persuades him to cast a spell to make people forget he's Spider-Man - which ends up backfiring and dragging the likes of Alfred Molina's Doc Ock and Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin into the MCU.

Credit: Sony Pictures
Credit: Sony Pictures

Despite the uproar over Aunt May's storyline, the consensus from fans generally seems to be a good one.

One said: "Just got home and Spider-Man No way home is not only the greatest Spider-Man Movie ever made it’s 100% my favorite movie in the MCU beating out Winter soldier and Civil war. I’m genuinely speechless. This is 100% one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. 100000000/10."

Another tweeted: "Spider-Man: No Way Home was so f***ing AMAZING. Growing up a diehard and the biggest Spider-Man fan, I am so f***ing happy right now. It delivered with everything I ever wanted in a Spider-Man movie. That was the best Spider-Man movie, potentially the best Marvel and CBM ever…"

Featured Image Credit: Sony Pictures

Topics: TV and Film, Spider-Man

Jess Hardiman
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