‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Introduce Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben: Here’s How
When it comes to Phase 4 of the MCU, all eyes are on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While other upcoming big-budgeted productions under the Marvel umbrella are destined to impress, this film will (allegedly) aim to pull off one of the most impressive cross-conversations between the small and silver screen to date.
As fans already know, WandaVision will segue directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Scarlet Witch set to feature as a primary character in the Strange sequel. As for WandaVision, available information — marketing materials, interviews with the cast, and more — suggest that the story will loosely emulate the House of M comic book series, bringing a 1950s I Love Lucy vibe to the superhero genre on Disney+.
The running idea surrounding the show: Wanda will use her reality-warping abilities to bring Vision back to life and create a life emblematic of the perfect family home she always envisioned she would one day possess. However, her world will come to fracture, chaos will indubitably result and wreak havoc, and Doctor Strange will have to step in to repair Wanda’s fractured mind and the resulting fractured reality (or, should we say realities?). That’s the situation in a nutshell.
To dive a little deeper, in the House of M Comics, Wanda creates a reality in which everyone gets what they always desired: Wonder Man and Carol Danvers are an item, Scott Summer and Emma Frost are Mr. and Mrs. Summers, Janet Van Dyne is a fashion designer, and so on and so forth, as explained by SyFy Wire. And, this is where we get to Peter Parker.
How ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ could bring back Uncle Ben, and why it would work within the MCU
In Wanda’s altered reality, Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy are still alive and Peter Parker is a famous wrestler. The MCU often pays homage to the comics; meaning, we could get a glimpse of this story or an altered version of this comic book tale in one of the many realities Doctor Strange comes to witness while traveling the multiverse.
Introducing Gwen Stacy would be a shock to the system, as the character has yet to appear in the MCU’s version; however, Uncle Ben’s existence has been alluded to before in Civil War and other MCU installments.
Instead of reworking the age-old narrative in which Spidey watches Uncle Ben die, the MCU chose to imply Uncle Ben’s existence and create a mentor in Tony Stark — taking the character in a unique direction. However, many feel that Uncle Ben’s integral nature has been removed without proper acknowledgment, displaying a lack of respect for the original tale.
If Doctor Strange happens to cross paths with Uncle Ben and a different Spidey interacting, the movie can show how important Uncle Ben is without showing his death. The movie can give Uncle Ben his cinematic moment without copying the trajectory inherent to previous Spider-Man installments.
An appearance like the one suggested above would keep Uncle Ben’s role tributary but original — a mix of reinvention and reverence. This may just be the perfect chance to right this wrong, and with the multiverse at our disposal, why not dedicate a few minutes of screen-time and introduce Uncle Ben. Why not show this man strong and insightful? Why not show him at his prime way before his murder, guiding a young Parker? They could even cast Tobey Maguire, but this may separate fans from the movie…