Marvel Studios representatives have been saying from the time Spider-Man: Homecoming was announced that it wouldn't be a retelling of Spidey's origin story, and the lack of Uncle Ben in the film's trailers backs that up. But fear not, Spider-fans - Spider-Man's origin isn't changing for the film, according to Homecoming co-producer Eric Houserman Caroll.
"They talk about [Ben], absolutely," Carol told CinemaBlend. "It's not a huge thing that I want to go into too much, but there is an acknowledgment that there was a Ben...He's not around anymore, for sure. They talk about that. We don't go into any specifics...We're implying he's dead. We have not at all, again, gone into trying to change his origin story."
The decision to focus on Peter as an established hero and to stay away from the murder of Uncle Ben was made to keep the tone of the story somewhat lighter.
"We thought that, to keep this fun, light tone, as soon as they have to have their, like, 'Let's remember our dearly departed father figure' - it derails that a little," Carol explained. "And again, what we're trying to tell is this sort of fun story of the kid who is doing all the wrong things for the right reasons. And once you do that, it stops becoming a fun movie about a kid trying to be a kid. He's mourning the loss of a parent."
Additionally, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has expressed interest in expanding his film rogue's gallery past Spider-Man: Homecoming's Vulture - and he's calling out two of Spider-Man's top foes to do so.
"I love Doc Ock," Holland told ScreenRant. "I think Spider-Man 2 is one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. But I think Venom is someone I’d love to kick the crap out of one day."
Sony, who jointly produced Spider-Man: Homecoming with Marvel, recently scheduled a date for a Venom solo film that may not be connected to Homecoming or other Marvel properties.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is due out in theaters July 7.