Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts as well as producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have revealed that they never planned on showing Uncle Ben’s death or the radioactive spider bite that gave Peter his powers in the new film.
While Tom Holland got his introduction as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, some fans were hoping to see Peter’s origin properly displayed in his first standalone feature, however, the new film does not contain either one of these scenes. After seeing the origin told twice on the silver screen in previous iterations of the web-slinger, Watts explained while speaking to Comicbook.com during the film’s press day in New York City that the objective was to not show anything we’ve seen before:
“We never talked about showing it, because the MO was always to not show anything we’ve seen before. If anything ever felt slightly familiar, to try to figure out if there’s a way to avoid it or tackle it in a different way. But that was something that definitely felt like we’ve seen that before.”
After it was suggested that watching Uncle Ben die for the third time in less than twenty years would have been redundant, Feige confirmed”That’s why,” before Pascal added “You didn’t really have to ask.”
While Homecoming does not include Spider-Man’s full origin, Watts assured that the origin in the new film shapes plenty about the character and will influence him for films to come:
“There’s a lot of complexity now to be explored. This was sort of just getting back to the fun and excitement of being Spider-Man, but setting it up in a way where I hope we can continue to explore that journey with greater and greater depth.”
The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly and Bokeem Woodbine, as well as Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice and Abraham Attah. Here’s the official synopsis:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.