The writers of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' 'Had No Interest' in Including Uncle Ben in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Tony Stark, and possibly even Happy Hogan, are mentors to Peter Parker these days.
Long before Spider-Man became a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, another man played that role: Uncle Ben.
Ben Parker played a significant role in Spider-Man's origin story, as long-time fans of the web-slinging hero may know, but why is Uncle Ben absent from Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels? According to writer Jonathan Goldstein, there's a good reason.
Cliff Robertson's Uncle Ben first appeared in the first Spider-Man film, alongside Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker.
The 2002 film chronicled Peter's early days as Spider-Man, beginning with his bite by a radioactive spider.
After a fight with Flash Thompson (Joe Manganiello) as Peter began to change, Ben had a talk with his nephew about taking responsibility.
Of course, this conversation gave fans one of Spider-Man's most famous lines: "With great power comes great responsibility."
After an argument between Ben and Peter later that night, Peter learned that Ben had been killed by a carjacker.
He realized he could have stopped the murder if he had confronted the criminal earlier during a robbery, but he didn't, and his guilt drove him to become the vigilante known to fans today.
The Amazing Spider-Man, a 2012 reboot starring Andrew Garfield, recreated Uncle Ben's demise.
Martin Sheen stepped into the father-figure role this time.
Fans witnessed the beloved character die for the second time, causing Peter to be devastated.
Fans caught up with Peter (this time played by Tom Holland) supposedly well after his spider bite in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Uncle Ben, of course, had been dead for a long time.
Some fans wondered if Ben was even present in the MCU.
Aunt May's husband, according to Goldstein, did exist in this timeline, but the writers simply chose not to include him or his death.
com's "Quarantine Watch Party" for Spider-Man: Homecoming on Nov. 30, a fan wrote on Twitter that not seeing Ben die a third time felt "refreshing."
The writer responded, "We had no interest in rehashing Uncle Ben's demise."
On the other hand, given Ben's importance, many viewers were disappointed that he was not included in the new trilogy.
Some fans even made a wish list of actors to play Uncle Ben alongside Holland.
"Ignoring him completely isn't better. You can acknowledge his impact on May and Peter without showing his death, and his death shouldn't be the only significant memory of him to them," wrote another fan to Goldstein.
It makes sense to leave Ben's death scene out of the trilogy to avoid redundancy, but it also makes sense for Ben to receive some direct mention in the trilogy.
"We wrote a scene where May takes Peter to the closet and they choose one of Ben's old suits which she still hadn't thrown away," he wrote on Twitter. "We cut a scene where May takes Peter to the closet and they choose one of Ben's old suits which she still hadn't thrown away."
Many fans are still hoping for an appearance from Uncle Ben in Spider-Man: No Way Home, or even just a reference to the character.
When it comes to this epic multiverse story, anything is possible.
On December 17th, Spider-Man: No Way Home will be released in theaters.