WARNING: This article contains spoilers about the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spider-Man: No Way Home didn't just feature the return of the characters from the past Spider-Man films. It also featured the tragic death of Marisa Tomei's Aunt May, who became the "Uncle Ben" of the MCU iteration of Spider-Man, especially that she also gave a rendition of the classic line "With great power comes great responsibility" before she passed. Her death was a surprise to some audiences, but it was also inevitable to the story of Spider-Man and it shaped him for the rest of the film.
Speaking with Marvel.com, Tom Holland and Zendaya discussed the heartbreaking moment which they admitted that they're aware that it will be shocking for some of the audience. Holland said, "The relationship between Peter and May throughout these films has been really integral to the heart and soul of the story. This scene kind of seemingly comes out of the blue, like no one expects this to happen. It's going to be really, really hard hitting for people [seeing the] movie."
Zendaya added, "[May’s] a great role model. She's raised a lovely young man, and she's done it on her own. She doesn't get the credit she deserves." She also praised the character being an integral part of Peter Parker's life, "It's important to acknowledge May in the respect that everybody is like, ‘Oh, he always has to have a mentor,’ All these father figures and all this stuff. But May has raised him. Shoutout to May!"
We can all agree that Aunt May was a great parental figure to Peter prior to her death which we witnessed in the past multiple films. Everyone thought that the MCU iteration won't be dealing with the death of Uncle Ben, but it turns out that they actually did their own version through Aunt May this time around. It was a shocking and tragic event, but it did influence Peter's journey from that point until the end of the film.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is still showing in theaters everywhere. You can also check out our streaming guide for the film here.