SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, in theaters now.
Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts teased that Ben Parker may yet have a role to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Did you notice his initials on Peter’s suitcase?” director Jon Watts asked ScreenCrush.
“Yes, Uncle Ben did exist in the MCU,” Watts confirmed. “Yeah. I mean, we don’t know…. We never specifically say anything about him. So whether or not he’s around or not.”
That’s a pretty strange answer, and it not only implies that Uncle Ben could show up at some point in the future, but that he might actually be alive after all?
“Yeah. Everything’s on the table, is how I like to say it,” Watts added.
What Watts is implying could be a seismic shift for the mythos of Uncle Ben. It was always assumed he was dead, as in the comics and previous films. If he is alive and simply not in the picture, does this imply a bad breakup between him and Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May?
Now in theaters, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.