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Martin Sheen to return as Uncle Ben for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

12.10.2012

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Easily one of the best parts of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN was Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben - while Cliff Robertson certainly made the part his own in Sam Raimi's rendition of the character, Sheen took the role in a different direction and brought the tougher, somewhat-fumbling sort of love that a man might give when suddenly thrust into the role of a father. 

We all know that part of this reboot's whole deal is the "Untold Story," something that was much advertised but subsequently and unceremoniously dropped for much of the final product.  The sequel looks all set to finally explore that further with the more formal inclusion of the Osborn family (and thereby Oscorp/the work of Peter Parker's father), but a point of note is that Aunt May and Uncle Ben seemed to know a great deal more than they let on al throughout THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

And now it appears possible that some of that knowledge might come to light in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, as Sheen recently revealed that "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." It's possible that the part is merely a flashback to his death, but considering Sheen's skill I'm hoping that it's something more. At the end of the day though, the simple fact of the matter is that I was sorry to see Sheen go.  And I'm happy to have him back, whatever the reason.

That being said, we may not know for a (comparatively) long while yet - THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 isn't scheduled to hit cinemas until May 2nd, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: 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.

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1:35PM on 12/10/2012
Didn't they have like 5 Uncle Ben Flashback scenes in the first trilogy. Man, enough with the origin crap- do something different
Didn't they have like 5 Uncle Ben Flashback scenes in the first trilogy. Man, enough with the origin crap- do something different
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8:52AM on 12/10/2012
Let me guess - flashback.
Let me guess - flashback.
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12:05PM on 12/10/2012

Reboot...

What a bad start to this reboot, and you really can't fault the cast. On paper it seemed like they had a winner but what a disappointing mess we ended up with. The next one needs to switch gears and a much better script... and maybe ditch Avi Arad from the process altogether as I have a feeling he's a bogs the whole thing down.
What a bad start to this reboot, and you really can't fault the cast. On paper it seemed like they had a winner but what a disappointing mess we ended up with. The next one needs to switch gears and a much better script... and maybe ditch Avi Arad from the process altogether as I have a feeling he's a bogs the whole thing down.
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9:06AM on 12/10/2012
Tidbit: Alternating adjectives seems sillier to me than adding a number
Tidbit: Alternating adjectives seems sillier to me than adding a number
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3:59PM on 12/10/2012
To flesh out what happened to Peter's parents uncle Ben is needed so of course he can only be used in flashbacks, I'm a fan of the original trilogy (love Spider-Man 2) and I also enjoyed this reboot (gasp!). Yes too many things were the same but there were enough differences that I was able to jump on the bandwagon and say bring me more!
To flesh out what happened to Peter's parents uncle Ben is needed so of course he can only be used in flashbacks, I'm a fan of the original trilogy (love Spider-Man 2) and I also enjoyed this reboot (gasp!). Yes too many things were the same but there were enough differences that I was able to jump on the bandwagon and say bring me more!
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1:33PM on 12/10/2012
Sometimes it's worth coming back from the dead for a good old fashioned well cooked egg
Sometimes it's worth coming back from the dead for a good old fashioned well cooked egg
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12:44PM on 12/10/2012
I thought Amazing Spider Man sucked when compared to the original trilogy, but if you take it as the first Spidr Man movie we have ever seen the movie is actually quite good. It's just that the story in the first one wasnt that great. It's as if they put too much in one film. We didn't really see anything new other than a new villain, and nothing was really answered.

I have hopes for this film, but I'm not holding my breath. I hate the casting of the girl they chose to play Mary Jane. In
I thought Amazing Spider Man sucked when compared to the original trilogy, but if you take it as the first Spidr Man movie we have ever seen the movie is actually quite good. It's just that the story in the first one wasnt that great. It's as if they put too much in one film. We didn't really see anything new other than a new villain, and nothing was really answered.

I have hopes for this film, but I'm not holding my breath. I hate the casting of the girl they chose to play Mary Jane. In Descendants she was great, it's just that I thought they could have casted alot better for the inconic role. I have confidence in Foxx to make a great Electro.
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11:41AM on 12/10/2012
Bringing him back in a flachback would be less silly than bringing him back as ghost like in Spiderman 2.
Bringing him back in a flachback would be less silly than bringing him back as ghost like in Spiderman 2.
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