Consider Johnny Depp at 27, opposite a 19-year-old Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands, and then at 48, paired with 24-year-old Bella Heathcoate in Dark Shadows.
Liam Neeson, meanwhile, has spent the last 10 years primarily acting opposite leading ladies who are at least 14 years his junior at the time of filming.
Comparisons like these support the anecdotal evidence of female actors who've publicly spoken about the scarcity of roles for women over 40, like Sally Field or Susan Sarandon.
So it's refreshing to see that Tomei and Downey Jr., both 51, get to play romantic interests — although I admit that at first, I wasn't so thrilled.
When I first heard that Tomei would be playing Aunt May, I couldn't help comparing her to Rosemary Harris, who was 74 when she played the guardian of Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker in the 2002 Spider-Man film.
Isn't aging down Aunt May a step in the wrong direction?
Tony gets his flirt on with May, which could be read as a disarming tactic to easier extricate Peter if Tony also hadn't recently broken up with long-time love interest Pepper Potts. has been confirmed to appear as Tony in 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming so could his aesthetic interest in Aunt May blossom into something more?A superhero romancing a civilian woman isn't anything revolutionary, unless you consider the usual love interest demographic. are exactly the same age, making an Aunt May/Tony Stark love connection a step in the right direction for gender equality onscreen.