Tom Holland knows exactly who he wants to play Uncle Ben in one of the future Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels. And after making his short, but memorable debut last year in Captain America: Civil War, general moviegoers and comic book fans finally got their full taste of what Tom Holland's take on Peter Parker/Spider-Man is like with this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming. Picking up just a few months after the events of Civil War, the film follows Peter as he continues to try and prove himself worthy of being an Avenger to his mentor, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), while simultaneously struggling to live day-to-day as a high school outsider.
By focusing solely on Peter Parker during his early years as the character, Holland's take on the character has managed to not only to stand out from the previous live-action iterations (played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield), but has quickly become a fan-favorite in the eyes of both critics and casual moviegoers alike. However, as it turns out, Holland himself knows one way he would love to connect his version of Peter Parker back to the early 2000s, Sam Raimi-directed Spider-Man films.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Holland opened up briefly about who he'd like to see play the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Uncle Ben, saying that he wishes that former Spider-Man actor, Tobey Maguire, would play the character:
"I kinda want Tobey Maguire to play Uncle Ben, I think that'd be super funny, but I don't think he'll do it."
Maguire is an interesting choice to play this role and it's plausible, simply because audiences have yet to meet or even see Uncle Ben in the MCU. It's assumed that he died several months prior to when Holland's character was even introduced in Civil War, but Uncle Ben is more or less passed over/not even referenced in Spider-Man: Homecoming - aside from one throwaway line given by Peter to Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon), at one point in the film.
Considering that Marisa Tomei's version of Aunt May is the youngest take on the character yet too, Maguire could work age-wise for the role of Uncle Ben. So it's less about whether or not Maguire would actually work as Uncle Ben and more about whether he would actually want to play the character. It'd certainly be a fun wink to fans and would be an even more fun way for Maguire to pass the torch onto Holland once and for all, but at the same time, it's unlikely that Maguire would want to go from playing Peter Parker/Spider-Man to playing a small role as Uncle Ben in another actor's Spider-Man movie. There's no way of knowing for sure, of course, but as of right now, it feels like this may just be a fun thing for fans to speculate about, rather than a legitimate possibility.
Source: BBC Radio
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019