The older character is particularly frail in the comics, hardly ever leaving her chair and working more as a source of wisdom and guidance for the other Spider-friends. As such, sources from inside Sony have stressed that the film could turn into something very different later on in development.
Regardless, commentators online are out in force to share their opinion, with many of them furious over the news. @RyuuRasshu wrote: “No love for old actresses anymore. They younged down Aunt May and while I know now there are younger versions of this character, it takes away opportunities for older women in the acting business. Carrie Fisher had to deal with this before the Star Wars sequel trilogy.”
They then added: “Not to mention the fact that madame web is blind (at least in the older adaptation, don’t know if she’s blind in the younger adaptations) and this takes away a blind actor’s role in these films too.”