Spider-Man’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) brought about a darker and more tragic version of his origin story compared to the one portrayed in the Marvel Comics. Despite skipping the traditional telling of Uncle Ben’s death, the MCU incorporated more tragedy into Spider-Man’s journey by taking away everything from him. References to Uncle Ben are subtly made throughout the MCU films, implying that his death was a key moment in shaping Spider-Man’s development as a superhero. The losses of Tony Stark, Aunt May, and others have left Spider-Man isolated and alone, further influencing his life as a superhero.
Spider-Man’s Revised Origin
Spider-Man’s entry into the MCU came after a long wait and legal obstacles due to the character’s rights. In Captain America: Civil War, Tony Stark recruits Spider-Man to join his side in the battle. The MCU chose to skip Spider-Man’s traditional origin story but still provided a darker version of it later on. Unlike the comics, the MCU did not show Uncle Ben’s death, but instead added more tragedy by taking away everything from Spider-Man.
In the Marvel Comics, Peter Parker’s story begins with the death of his parents, followed by being raised by Uncle Ben and Aunt May. After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter gains superhuman abilities and becomes Spider-Man. However, he initially lacks a superhero mentality and becomes a novelty television star. It is not until he lets a thief escape, who later goes on to rob and kill Uncle Ben, that Peter learns about the responsibility that comes with his powers.
The MCU, on the other hand, introduced a already experienced Spider-Man who had been fighting crime in Queens. This allowed them to skip the showing of Uncle Ben’s death, as it had already been adapted twice before in previous Spider-Man film franchises. However, references to Uncle Ben are subtly made in the MCU, indicating that his death still plays a significant role in Spider-Man’s development.
The losses suffered by Spider-Man in the MCU include Tony Stark, who becomes a mentor and father figure to him before sacrificing himself to save the universe in Avengers: Endgame. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Aunt May dies after being stabbed by the Green Goblin. These losses, along with other events in Spider-Man’s MCU history, have left him isolated and alone. He has also experienced betrayal, deception, and has been targeted by the media.
By the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter finds himself completely alone, with no one even remembering his existence except for Happy Hogan. This isolation and loss will undoubtedly shape Spider-Man’s future actions in the MCU. Despite the darkness of his origin story, it remains to be seen if Spider-Man will have to endure any further losses.