Note: This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts has addressed the fate of Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in the MCU.
Unlike Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man trilogy and the Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield, Uncle Ben has never appeared or even been mentioned in the life of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.
Well, not up until Far From Home, when the movie’s first trailer gave away a huge Easter egg about Uncle Ben.
Speaking to Screen Crush, the director has addressed that particular teaser where Parker shuts his suitcase with the initials BFP – Benjamin Parker.
When asked if Holland’s Parker does have an Uncle Ben, Watts responded: “Yes. Definitely. Did you notice his initials on Peter’s suitcase?”
We certainly did, but in an interview with Screen Crush in 2017 about Spider-Man Homecoming, Watts gave a totally different answer about Uncle Ben, saying: “It’s not something we really talked about that much.”
The director has now explained what had changed since Homecoming.
“We knew we weren’t going to tell an origin story, so we just avoided talking about that in too much detail,” Watts explained.
“I didn’t want to reveal too much. It was a lot more sensitive of an issue to not be doing an origin story when we were talking about Homecoming… back then, people were saying ‘Why are you making another Spider-Man movie?’
“The focus was on showing people things that they had never seen before, not retelling that origin.”
However, Watts was quick to add more ambiguity, saying: “Yeah. I mean, we don’t know.
“We never specifically say anything about him. So whether or not he’s around or not.
“Everything’s on the table, is how I like to say it.”