The internet never ceases to amaze. For example, this new fan casting. Actress Sophia Lillis is the perfect Mayday Parker, Spider-Girl.
For some unexplained reason, it seems like Marvel is allergic to the idea of giving Spider-Man a happy ending. Peter Parker has been through hell in both comics and live-action adaptations over the years — not to mention the tragic cancellation of the 1994 Spider-Man animated series.
In each and every one of Spidey’s incarnations, the arachnid hero has been denied the love of his life and treated with borderline cruelty by comic book writers. I mean, who could forget the travesty that was Spider-Man: One More Day?
Even the most recent live-action trilogy starring Tom Holland seems to have ended on a sour note — at least, for the moment. However, not everything has been bad news for the web-crawler in the rich fantasy world of Marvel Comics. If there’s a character that has an amazing plethora of alternate-reality versions of himself, that would be the Amazing Spider-Man, and one of the most criminally neglected characters in the Spider-Verse would be perfect for Sam Raimi’s long-awaited Spider-Man 4.
Thanks to Spider-Man: No Way Home, fans finally got confirmation that Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy takes place in an alternate universe that vastly differs from the world of Marvel Comics’ mainline continuity. The fact that Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker doesn’t know who or what the Avengers are proves that the world he inhabits along with Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane Watson is far from the 616 Universe’s continuity.
As fans rekindle their love for Raimi’s original live-action trilogy, there’s been a rising demand in seeing a continuation of Maguire’s Spider-Man story, and now that all the actors involved with the original trilogy are considerably older — two decades older, to be precise — it might be the perfect chance to introduce a fresh new face into Raimi’s Spider-Verse: Mayday Parker (Spider-Girl).
The daughter of Peter and Mary Jane from an alternate future, Mayday shares her father’s arachnid powers, eventually taking on the mantle of Spider-Girl. Considering some hints dropped by Maguire’s version of Peter Parker in No Way Home, fans know that he and Mary Jane are still together in their world, which could mean that a Mayday Parker is more than likely a possibility.
When it comes to casting such an integral character to the modern Spidey mythos, we believe that there’s an actress that looks uncannily similar to how Mayday is portrayed in the comics. Stephen King’s It (2017) prodigy Sophia Lillis has been one of the most requested young actresses of recent years, and she has both the looks and the acting chops to pull off a character like Mayday Parker (Spider-Girl) with ease.
The best part about casting Sophia Lillis as Mayday Parker is that her age — twenty years old — matches almost perfectly with both the character and the Raimi’s Spider-Man continuity. Some of the more sharp-eyed fans have also noticed that Sophia Lillis looks very similar to what May Parker looks like during the Spider-Geddon Marvel comics event, complete with the messy short hair and all.
Since the Spider-Geddon saga seems to be involved in the everlasting Spider-Verse idea, it would also be a possibility that Lillis (and Mayday) fans might get to see the character first in the upcoming — and wildly anticipated — Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse animated film in 2023.
Even if it’s just a voice role, the similarities between Sophia Lillis and Mayday Parker are just too evident to ignore. Let’s just hope that the producers working at both Marvel and Sony continue the ongoing trend of appeasing fans with top-notch fan service, and perhaps we might end up getting the Spider-Man 4 we all Spidey fans ever dreamt of.
Tell us, would you like to see Sophia Lillis as Mayday Parker (Spider-Girl)?