The iconic character of Ben Parker, Peter Parker’s uncle, from Marvel’s Spider-Man comic books is not featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming, in theaters this coming Friday.
Marvel President Kevin Feige spoke with CinemaBlend about why Uncle Ben won’t be appearing in the new film, starring Tom Holland in the title role.
“The truth is, we want audiences to bring their own… let them fill in those blanks right now. They’ve seen the other films. They’ve read comics. They can fill that in. That was a very purposeful decision we made to not retread that ground. There are little things that are said here and there that people can read into. What the specific facts are in the past, we don’t… we haven’t revealed yet,” Kevin said.
Uncle Ben has been played by actors Martin Sheen and Cliff Robertson in previous movies. Peter Parker’s aunt, May, is featured in Homecoming and she’s played by Marisa Tomei.
In the comics, Uncle Ben was shot by a burglar, and his death was portrayed in previous films.