Spider-Man update: Uncle Ben lives!
Director of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot Jon Watts is out in full force promoting the UK release of his new movie Cop Car. Inevitably, journalists have been turning the attention away from the Kevin Bacon-led Cop Car, and towards Watts’s reinvention of the Spider-Man franchise. And Watts has only been too obliging. Here is what he revealed in a recent interview with Empire:
“I love the idea of making a coming-of-age high school movie. We’re really going to see Peter Parker in high school and get deeper into that side of it. He’s just 15 now… Tom was pretty perfect. He’s very athletic. He can actually do a backflip! If he didn’t already capture the spirit of the character, with that on top the kid is Spider-Man”.
If Tom Holland’s Peter is just 15, this explains the ‘too hot’ Marisa Tomei’s casting as Aunt May, who will presumably take on a younger form than Rosemary Harris and Sally Field’s incarnations of the character.
Furthermore, if the new Spider-Man film is set earlier in the chronology, we are unlikely to have to sit through Uncle Ben’s tragic death yet again.
“There are only so many times you can kill Uncle Ben”, Watts added.
Pretty cool news, but still not as cool as if 51-year-old Andy Serkis had been given his wish of playing the high-school-aged webslinger.