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Benjamin "Ben" Parker (typically known as Uncle Ben) was the late uncle of Peter Parker and the husband of May Parker. He was a kind, older man who was Peter's father figure as Peter's parents died when he was younger. He is tragically killed by a criminal that Peter didn't stop despite having the chance to do so. His death would teach Peter that with great power comes great responsibility, a philosophy that he took to heart when he chose to become the superhero known as Spider-Man.

Ben Parker was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Appearances

Ultimate Spider-Man

Spider-Man has referenced Ben's death a couple of times when talking about his morals. Ben appeared in the episode "Strange Days" where Nightmare tries to use the failure of Peter being unable to save his uncle's life against him, but it doesn't work. Peter's even grateful that he gets to see Ben again as his uncle encourages him to take the villain down. He was voiced by Greg Grunberg.

Spider-Man

Uncle Ben appears posthumously in this series. Here, he is depicted as a budding scientist and a clock designer. In a flashback, it is revealed that he reimagined his "With great power comes great responsibility" quote as a scientific formula, which Peter regards as goofy.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Uncle Ben's death is indirectly alluded to by Peter, who mentions "everything that's happened with [May]."

Trivia

  • Ben has been portrayed by Cliff Robertson and Martin Sheen in the two Spider-Man film series made by Sony.
  • According to Tom Holland, he wants the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Uncle Ben to be played by Tobey Maguire, who also played Spider-Man in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
  • In an early script for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Aunt May states that Peter's homecoming clothing originally belonged to Ben. However, it was cut out because the screenwriters didn't want Ben's death to be a throwaway line.

References


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Films: Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors

Television: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesUltimate Spider-Man (Episode List) • Avengers Assemble (Episode List) • Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Guardians of the Galaxy (Episode List) • Spider-Man (Episode List)
Books: Ultimate Spider-Man: Why I Hate GymUltimate Spider-Man: Flight of the Iron Spider!Ultimate Spider-Man: Venom!Ultimate Spider-Man: Doomed!Ultimate Spider-Man: Great ResponsibilityUltimate Spider-Man: Great Power
Video Games: Marvel Avengers: Battle for EarthIron Man 3: The Official GameDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionDisney INFINITY: 3.0 EditionMarvel: Contest of ChampionsMarvel: Avengers AllianceMarvel vs. Capcom series (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)

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