One thing Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man failed to do was fulfill the promise of telling ‘the untold story’ of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). It laid the groundwork for that to happen in later installments – set in a bolder and more complex Spider-Man universe than Sam Raimi’s trilogy – nonetheless, director Mark Webb’s reboot was foremost a re-telling of the superhero’s origins.
Despite that, there’s much to admire about Webb’s superhero movie; that includes Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, who is indeed returning for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (not the official title). Moreover, current rumors point to the sequel having a name that (appropriately) foreshadows an uptick in quality from its predecessor.
The late Cliff Robertson occupied the Uncle Ben role throughout Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, playing Pete’s surrogate father as a kindly and wizened old man who inspired his nephew in life (and even took on the form of his conscience in death). However, Sheen delivered a different interpretation of the character that better fit the Amazing Spider-Man universe – by diving deeper into the emotions of a good man who’s not only forced to become a father, but also keep certain secrets about Pete’s parents (and yet, earn the trust of a young man who’s still wrestling with his identity as an orphan).
Amazing Spider-Man 2 will see Pete learning to better appreciate his superhero responsibilities, even as he continues to risk harm to his loved ones – including, a newfound friend in Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) – and pursuing Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), while facing a new threat (Jamie Foxx as Electro) that could be connected to the mystery surrounding his parents. That’s to say: it makes sense for Uncle Ben to return in some capacity, given his continued importance in Pete’s journey to adulthood and connection to his past; not to mention, Pete’s ongoing quest to avenge Sheen’s untimely death in TASM.
Sheen confirmed the news on RTE Television’s “The Late Late Show” (via CBM), saying:
“They’ve called me back, I don’t know what the part is gonna be, but I’m going to be ‘Uncle Ben’ once again in Spider-Man next year. We shoot it in February.”
Hence, it’s open for speculation, as far as how Uncle Ben is going to appear in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. That is, he could show up as a figment of troubled Pete’s imagination (a la the character in Spider-Man 2) or through flashbacks that reveal more about Pete’s parents and what Ben knew about their work for Oscorp. The latter seems more likely, given that the script from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner is expected to flesh out the first film’s sci-fi mythos and reveal the true nature of Norman Osborn’s shady organization (similar to their work on the TV series Fringe).
As far as official titles for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel go, here’s the latest (via Jo Blo):
I’ve heard all sorts of rumors that the movie will be called THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, but until I see it in an official press release I’m going to stick with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.
“Spectacular Spider-Man” is the second comic series that Marvel started following the success of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s original “Amazing Spider-Man”; it also refers to an animated show that aired on The CW and Disney XD from 2008-09. The latter follows Pete during his high schools days, utilizing material from various eras in the original comics (including, the “Ultimate Spider-Man” continuity that informs the Amazing Spider-Man film series) – so, all in all, that seems like a reasonable title for the second movie.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) will swing into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.