Spider-Man: Far From Home Director Says Tony Stark Is Marvel’s Uncle Ben

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Because Spider-Man: Homecoming was more of a coming of age story than an origin movie, fans barely got to see any sign of Uncle Ben in the film. Instead, they see more of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and the hero becomes Peter Parker's mentor and father figure. The two become so close to each other, that when Tony sacrifices his life in Avengers: Endgame, fans can't help but call Iron Man the Uncle Ben of the MCU.

Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts thinks so too, linking Iron Man with Peter's uncle in an interview with ComicBook.com.

"Yeah. What I would say is that loss is such a big part of who Peter Parker is in the comics, whether it be Gwen Stacy or Uncle Ben, he has to deal with loss so often," Watts told the entertainment' news outlet. "In a way, I felt like this fit in very naturally and allowed me to tell the kind of Spider-Man stories that I think people want to see. So yeah, I think even if it's not a direct comp for Uncle Ben, it definitely allows me to explore some of the similar themes."

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Of course, Tony isn't necessarily a replacement for Uncle Ben, but his influence over Peter is undeniable.

Set in the aftermath of Endgame, fans are expecting to see Peter Parker (Tom Holland) trying to deal with the loss of Tony in Far From Home. It's going to be heartbreaking seeing Peter navigate the tragedy, and we're wondering what kind of change it might bring to the young Marvel hero.

Spider-Man: Far From Home comes swinging into cinemas on July 2, 2019.

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