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"Cut the bullshit. I know you left detention. I know you left the hotel room in Washington. I know you sneak out of this house every night. That's not fine. Peter, you have to tell me what's going on! Just lay it out. It's just me and you."
―May Parker to Peter Parker[src]

Maybelle "May" Parker is the aunt of Peter Parker and the widow of the late Ben Parker. She took on the responsibility of raising Peter alone, as she stood by him during Tony Stark's mentorship, while unaware of how he became an intern at Stark Industries. Parker eventually learned that her nephew was actually Spider-Man, but came to accept his secret identity. However, she was soon killed during the Snap, which also killed Peter, only for them both to be resurrected due to the actions of the Avengers five years later. In the wake of the Blip, Parker continued supporting Peter as Spider-Man, while also starting a romantic relationship with Happy Hogan. She would take on an active role in helping her community by working with the Salvation Army in finding new homes for those who were displaced upon returning to life.


Early Life

Raising Peter Parker

May Parker met and married Ben Parker and the two would come to look after their young and orphaned nephew, Peter Parker. The three lived in Queens as Peter grew up. Eventually, her husband died, resulting in Parker having to take care of Peter on her own.[3]

Peter Parker's Secrets

Tony Stark's Surprise Visit

"But you didn't tell me anything. What's up with that? You keeping secrets from me now?"
"I just know how much you love surprises so I thought I would let you know..."
―May Parker and Peter Parker[src]

Parker meeting Tony Stark in her apartment

In 2016, Parker was greeted by Tony Stark at the Parker Residence, where he told her that he had come in person to offer Peter a scholarship. The two seemingly came into a discussion for some time, with Stark complimenting Parker on her walnut date loaves. When Peter got home from school later, Parker greeted her nephew and happily revealed Stark's presence. Stark revealed that Peter's application for a grant from the September Foundation he signed up for in the past had been approved, and Parker then asked why Peter did not tell her about this. Peter, knowing he did not apply for such a grant and did not receive one, played along by claiming he wanted to surprise his aunt. Parker allowed him and Stark decided to discuss the details in private.[1]

Caring for Peter Parker

Parker tends to Peter Parker's injuries

"Well, hope you got a few good licks in."
"Yeah, I got quite a few in actually. His friend was huge, like huge! That's way better, thank you."
"Okay, tough guy."
―May Parker to Peter Parker[src]

When Peter returned from his "internship retreat" with Tony Stark, Parker treated her nephew's injuries and came into his room to give him an ice bag for his black eye. When she asked how he got his bruises, Peter claimed that he was in a fight with a Brooklyn guy named "Steve" and "his huge friend". Parker then jokingly wondered how Peter had done during the fight and hoped that her nephew stood up for himself, being assured he got a few punches in. She then exited Peter's room to leave him alone so he could recover.[1]

Thai Food Meal

Parker suggests eating dinner at a restaurant

"What's the matter? I thought you loved Larb. Is it too Larby? Not Larby enough. How many times do I have to say 'Larb' before you talk to me? You know I Larb you."
―May Parker to Peter Parker[src]

Two months later, Parker let Peter Parker's friend, Ned Leeds, into his room so they could build a Lego Death Star together. A few minutes later while cooking dinner, Parker heard a crash from her nephew's room and asked what it was, to which Peter replied it was nothing. She came by the room to find Peter in his underwear and Leeds' Legos scattered over the floor. Parker informed her nephew that they would be eating out tonight at a Thai restaurant as she had burned the turkey meatloaf. Parker invited Leeds to join them but Peter informed her that he couldn't go. She then left and recommended that Peter wear more clothes.

Parker and Peter Parker eat dinner together

Together, Parker and Peter went to Prachya Thai. At the restaurant, Parker noticed her nephew acting off and wondered what was on his mind, questioning if it was the Larb they were eating. Peter claimed that he was tired out from his internship at Stark Industries, as Parker proclaimed to not be a fan of Tony Stark. Parker tried to offer her nephew advice in trusting his instincts with his work when she saw that Peter was distracted. She turned around to see a NY1 report on the television, showing footage of the Robbery of the Queens Community Bank.

Parker asks Peter Parker to be careful

Parker ordered Peter to run for safety if he ever saw something like that happening, worried over such an incident occurring so close to where they lived. Peter then asked for a new backpack, but Parker exasperatedly noted that this was the fifth he had lost. A waiter then gave her a sticky rice pudding for dessert, which surprised Parker as she did not order it. The waiter insisted that it was on the house and once he left, Peter pointed out that he had given it to Parker out of sheer physical attraction.[3]

High School Party

Parker drives her nephew and Ned Leeds to Liz Toomes' house

"Oh, Peter. I know. I know it's really hard trying to fit in with all the changes your body is going through. It's flowering now."
―May Parker to Peter Parker[src]

A few nights later, Parker drove Peter and Ned Leeds to the Toomes Residence as one of their classmates, Liz Toomes, was throwing a party at her house. Parker noted her own love for house parties while waiting outside. Parker complimented Leeds' hat, saying that she found it well-fitted for him. Leeds responded with thanks and claimed that the hat gave him confidence.

Parker tells her nephew to have fun

Peter was nervous as he thought that it was a mistake coming to the party. Parker then teased her nephew by bringing up him going through puberty and feeling apprehensive about his own bodily changes until Peter had finally relented. Before the two got out of the car, Parker encouraged Peter to have fun at the party and Leeds waved bye as she drove away. A few days later, Parker picked Peter up after his Academic Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C.. Following the Rescue at the Washington Monument, Parker was worried for her nephew's safety and hugged him in gratitude upon seeing he was alright.[3]

Confronting Peter Parker

Parker confronting Peter Parker

"I'm sorry I made you worry."
"You know I'm not trying to ruin your life."
"Yeah, I know."
"Just... I used to sneak out too."
Peter Parker and May Parker[src]

Having received a call from Midtown School of Science and Technology about her nephew attempting to skip school and leaving detention early, Parker repeatedly tried calling Peter, to no avail. After hearing about an attack on a New York ferry, Parker called Peter's friends, Ned Leeds' mother, and even five police stations regarding his whereabouts. When Peter finally came home, she was anxious over where he'd been all day and sternly confronted the young Parker over his uncharacteristic disregard for his education. In a frustration, Parker then noted how she was aware that Peter also left the hotel room in Washington, D.C. and snuck out of their home each night but did not know why.

Parker comforts Peter Parker

Desperate for answers, Parker demanded from her nephew to know what had been going on with him the last few months without her knowledge. A crestfallen Peter admitted that he had lost the Stark Industries internship, which Parker immediately believed due to the genuine tears and shaking in his voice. She simply embraced her nephew, while he then apologized for getting her so worried about him lately. With a comforting understanding, Parker then finished their conversation by noting that she used to rebel as well in her youth. She recommended that Peter take a shower, claiming that he smelled like garbage.[3]

Homecoming Dance

Parker is asked to help Peter Parker get ready

"May! I need your help!"
Peter Parker to May Parker[src]

Several days later, Peter Parker ran into their home and told Parker that he needed her help in preparing for the Homecoming Dance, as he had gotten a date with Liz Toomes. Parker helped Peter out by giving him a suit to wear and a corsage for Toomes, as well as helping him learn how to tie a Windsor Knot.

Parker teaches Peter Parker how to dance

Parker even taught Peter to dance, which he initially found quite awkward. Nonetheless, the unwavering support and care from his aunt allowed the young Parker to relax as he prepared himself for Homecoming. On the night of the dance, Parker drove her nephew to the Toomes Residence to meet with Toomes. Once they arrived, she gave Peter some final advice on his date etiquette before driving off.[3]

Secrets Revealed

Spider-Man's Identity

Parker discovers her nephew is Spider-Man

"What the fu—?!"
―May Parker to Peter Parker[src]

A few days after the homecoming dance, Parker walked into Peter's room and found him in his Spider-Man Suit, startling her. She cursed loudly in response upon deducing that her nephew and Spider-Man were the same person.[3]

Snapped and Blipped

Parker with her nephew at Tony Stark's funeral

"When I blipped back to my apartment, the family there was very confused. The wife thought I was a mistress, the grandma thought I was a ghost. It was really a mess."
―May Parker[src]

In 2018, Parker was a victim of the Snap.[4] Five years later, as a result of the Blip, Parker was restored to life. When Parker reappeared in her apartment, she was shocked to discover that a new family was now living there.[2] About a week later, Parker attended Tony Stark's funeral along with her nephew at Stark's home.[5]

Helping the Community

Parker and Spider-Man showing their support

"Thank you all for coming out to support those who have been displaced by the Blip and of course, thanks to our very own Spider-Man!"
―May Parker[src]

Parker made herself active as a member of the Salvation Army by helping other victims of the Blip find new homes after their return. In 2024, Parker organized a homeless support shelter at the Urban Sports & Cultural Center and had her nephew act as a celebrity guest for a fundraiser to bring in news coverage. Parker then shared her story of being brought back into existence before she introduced Spider-Man to the audience.

Parker smiles at Happy Hogan

Afterwards, in the back room, Parker and Peter were met by Happy Hogan who came in bringing in a large check from Pepper Potts. Hogan then complimented Parker on her dress, in which she commented on his beard. Their flirting caused Peter to become confused about their behavior and then Parker left to allow Hogan to speak with Peter.[2]

Peter Parker's Trip

Parker speaks with Peter Parker

"So sorry. I thought you could sense that, with your Peter-tingle."
―May Parker to Peter Parker[src]

At their new apartment, Parker threw a banana at her nephew, as he was packing for his school trip to Europe. She then gave him a hug and commented on his "Peter Tingle", a word that Peter didn't care for. Later, when Peter was not in his room, Parker put his suit in his suitcase.

Parker and Happy Hogan continue their flirting

During Peter's trip, Parker was in a momentary relationship with Happy Hogan, but was routinely calling in to check up on him. Parker called her nephew upon his arrival to Venice checking on him, while Hogan was eating her lunch, and she had Hogan say hello to Peter to stop him from doing so.

Parker hugs Peter Parker

Upon Peter's return, Parker greeted him at the Newark airport, while trying to dissuade security from giving her a ticket for illegal parking. She gave him a hug and then drove them back to New York City to their home.[2]

Relations With Hogan

Parker and Happy Hogan with Peter Parker

"Summer fling."
"Yes, that evolves and grows like any other. Open to wherever it might lead."
"I still don't know where it's going to go. Anywhere. On or off."
―May Parker and Happy Hogan[src]

Back at the apartment, Parker and Happy Hogan sat down with her nephew who questioned their relationship. While Hogan was sure of them being together, Parker attributed their time as a fun summertime fling, with mutual attraction but no real interest. Due to this, Hogan was taken aback and they both exchanged glances.[2]


"You know, it's so hard for me to believe that she is someone's aunt."
"Yeah, well, we come in all shapes and sizes, you know."
Tony Stark and May Parker[src]

May Parker cares deeply for and is very protective of her nephew Peter, having to raise him alone after the death of her husband. She is seen as Peter's confidant and friend as well as his guardian, helping him prepare for his date with Liz Toomes and later, asking out Michelle Jones. Parker constantly worries about Peter and gives him advice, including that she believed Tony Stark's "internship" may not be the best thing for him; Parker was personally wary of Stark since his mentoring seemingly left Peter distracted and tired, which took away from his school life. However, she seems to have let go of this resentment by the Blip, attending Stark's funeral after his sacrifice.

Having been an implied rebel in her youth, Parker is a lively woman with a playful, witty disposition, encouraging her nephew not to grow up too fast and enjoy being a teenager. Parker has been a subject of attraction to both Stark and Delmar, which is further evident when a waiter at Prachya Thai flirted with her and gave her free food, though she seems fairly oblivious to this. However, Parker is very perceptive and sharp-minded; she was able to deduce that there was something else going on with Peter due to him keeping secrets, skipping class and sneaking out, but couldn't quite put her finger on it until she learned his secret identity. Parker is also an avid reader, based on the many books seen in her apartment.

Parker is very kind, devoted and selfless, always putting her family first; Peter was reluctant to tell her about him being Spider-Man in fear of putting his aunt under more stress than she was already in. Contrary to Peter's concerns however, Parker proved to be very supportive of her nephew's activities as Spider-Man after she witnessed him wearing the suit. Parker encouraged Peter to continue his heroics in the wake of Stark's death and helped with Spider-Man's publicity at charity events, both to give Peter exposure and bring awareness to the less fortunate.


Parker inside of her apartment

  • Parker Residence: The Parker Residence is the apartment home to Parker and her nephew, Peter. When Tony Stark is required to bring Captain America and his team into custody, he tells Parker that Peter has applied for a "grant" and is going to Germany. After Spider-Man's battle at the airport with the Avengers, Parker tended to Peter's bruises in his room. Two months later when Peter returned home from school to the residence, Peter then discovered that Stark had returned his suit. Spider-Man put on the suit again, only for a shocked Parker to discover him in it, unmasked.






Appearances for May Parker

In chronological order:


  • Differently from the comics, May Parker is Italian-American like Marisa Tomei, the actress who portrays her.
  • May's relationship with Happy Hogan, a Stark Industries employee in the MCU, is similar to the relationship her mainstream universe counterpart once had with Tony Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, in the comics.
  • May's license plate reads AMF-1562. AMF is Amazing Fantasy, 15 is the issue number, and 62 is 1962, the year Spider-Man first appeared.

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