Spider-Man: No Way Home spoilers are included in this article.
Aunt May is always on the verge of dying. Regardless of what universe poor Peter Parker is in, his beloved old Aunt is always in danger and sometimes, she falls into disbelief, or she gets pushed into disbelief. Whether or not, Aunt May never gives up. But she always has been an important part of Peter's life. Even casting the vivacious actress Marisa Tomei can dispel that fundamental fact.
It was no surprise to see Aunt May enter the sweet hereafter when Spider-Man: No Way Home storyboard artist Phil Langone shared images on Instagram. What was different, however, was the manner May got dispatched.
Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin is seen in Tom Holland's Spider-Man: Far From Home, and dies Aunt May before speeding away from Tom Holland's Peter Parker. The images depict Spider-Man and Mysterio fighting near Peter's school, with J. Jonah Jamison watching and providing commentary.
The next sequence, according to Langone, would be a test of Peter's moral compass, and an opportunity to see if he can stick to his no-killing policy when challenged to the limit. The other Spiders all share their own personal experiences of sadness, which plays a key role in him refraining from killing Goblin later.
The original draft, while it has a connection with Dafoe's Goblin and knows the agony he caused for a different Peter, Holland's Parker knows him only as a guy he attempted to help who turned against him. It's more like a random bad thing in Peter's life (which, admittedly, is part of his old age).
Mysterio has a much stronger connection to Tony Stark's death. He took Peter under his wing, taught him how to be a hero, and placed more burdens on Spidey by revealing his identity.
It is evident that Kevin Feige and Marvel wanted to go the Multiverse route and borrow beats from another franchise's story, whichever value this version of the story might have had. In the future, it remains to be seen if this decision will lead to better MCU Spider-Man stories.