The death of Uncle Ben is a massively important part of Spider-Man’s origin, but when you’re literally on the third iteration of the film franchise in fifteen years, the idea of watching that heartbreaking origin story happen again is just super taxing. That’s why we were pretty damned happy when we learned that Spider-Man: Homecoming wasn’t going to be an origin story. It was clear that Uncle Ben’s death would be in Peter’s past.
But that didn’t mean we weren’t at risk of a flashback.
I mean, most Batman movies have been based around an adult Bruce Wayne, but I’ve had to watch that (poorly assembled) pearl necklace hit the ground more times than I want to count. Well, the good news is that flashback doesn’t seem to be coming. In fact, while Ben’s death will have canonically happened, the film doesn’t plan on spending much time at all even directly saying that it sounds like.
Spider-Man: Homecoming co-producer Eric Carroll told Screenrant:
I mean, we’re implying he’s dead. We have not at all, again, gone into trying to change his origin story as far as I have been envisioning it. But we, just again, we thought that to keep this fun, light tone, as soon as they have to have their, like, ‘Let’s remember our dearly departed father figure’ – it derails that a little. And again, what we’re trying to tell is this sort of fun story of the kid who is doing all the wrong things for the right reasons. And once you do that, it stops becoming a sort of sun movie about a kid trying to be a kid. He’s mourning the loss of a parent.
This is… well, it’s the best damned news I’ve heard all day.
Spider-Man: Homecoming comes out July 7, 2017.