Just like every superhero had a dark past like Batman’s murdered parents or Superman’s infant escape from Krypton, it’s a popular fact that it was the death of Uncle Ben that prompted Peter Parker into becoming Spider-Man, right?
This is a universal truth after two movies in the past 15 years have come out with the same story. For Spider-Man: Homecoming, then, director Jon Watts decided to steer it’s wheel away from the Uncle Ben arc. Not showing the character’s demise is, of course, the right move, seeing as one of the best aspects the film can take hold of is to not cover the same ground as 2002’s Spider-Man and 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. But altogether removing Peter’s uncle from the equation is a great deal, as it’s like cutting pivotal point from his life and from the essence of the story.
So, what do we expect to see? Old Ben pop up in a future Spidey movie in some new way? Well, that remains a mystery, but if he does, star Tom Holland has got a wish in his mind as to who should play him. While discussing Homecoming with BBC Radio 1, Holland said he’d love to see former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire take up the role.
“I kinda want Tobey Maguire to play Uncle Ben, I think that’d be super funny, but I don’t think he’ll do it.”
This is somehow interesting for some obvious reasons. First and foremost, the obvious connection to the main trilogy would be something thrilling for fans and would undoubtedly go over well with moviegoers. Apart from that, it’s also entirely plausible if you give a thought about it.
Also, we haven’t yet seen Uncle Ben in the MCU and he could quite feasibly show up in some sort of flashback in the sequel to Homecoming. Also with this version of Aunt May being a lot younger than she actually is (actress Marisa Tomei is 52), Maguire, who’s 42, can surely pass as her husband.
For now, this remains nothing more than a wish on Tom Holland’s part.
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