Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
With the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming heralding fantastic critical reception and a great box office performance, there is officially a new Spider-Man in town. This comes just a few years after Andrew Garfield’s version of the character, and over a decade after Tobey Macguire’s portrayal first hit theaters. And while Tom Holland’s adaptation of the character has been praised for his physical capabilities and younger portrayal, Tobey will always be the OG silver screen Spidey. Now it turns out that Holland would love for Macguire to join a future installment of the Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise, and the role is pretty perfect.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio, Tom Holland brought up Tobey Macguire’s performance as Peter Parker, and suggested a role for the actor in a future installment. He said,
I kinda want Tobey Maguire to play Uncle Ben, I think that’d be super funny, but I don’t think he’ll do it.
Well, this is the cameo I never knew I needed, but am going to hope for with every future Spider-Man movie. Uncle Ben wasn’t a part of Homecoming, but perhaps a flashback could occur in a future installment, starring none other than the very first Peter Parker. I mean, how cool would that be?
The handling of Uncle Ben was one of the many aspects of Spider-Man: Homecoming that was praised by critics. Rather than having to sit through a third version of Peter’s backstory and Ben’s “great responsibility” monologue. they skipped over that aspect. Instead, the film introduced a Peter Parker who was already pretty comfortable with his powers and identity as a superhero. This allowed for a more personal portrayal of the fan favorite character, rather than one that was weighed down with exposition and a backstory that literally everyone in the audience already knew.
But that’s not to say that Uncle Ben might not be a bigger subject of conversation in a future installment of the franchise, especially considering how Spider-Man: Homecoming ended. The final moment of the film saw Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May catch Peter in his Spider-Man costume, and let out a choice expletive. This is a game changer in regards to silver screen Spideys, as his Aunt has never found out his secret before. May’s role will likely be expanded in future Spider-Man films to explore this new dynamic, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the subject of her late husband was eventually brought up. And if they were going to do a flashback, the MCU could cast Mr. Tobey Macguire as the late Ben.
But Tom Holland doubts that Tobey Macguire would be interested in such a role. Original cast members like Kirsten Dunst have been less than thrilled with the new version, and it’s unclear if Macguire feels the same way.