Warning: Spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will forever serve as the turning point for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. He finally got out of Tony’s shadow and had the unfortunate privilege of losing his loved one. While the movie almost gave us a Sinister Six moment, it pushed Peter to such an extent that his future endeavours won’t be the same. However, the movie also proved that the biggest turning point in his life, i.e., the death of Uncle Ben doesn’t really matter in the MCU. Let’s talk about it. Check!
No Way Home Eliminates Uncle Ben From The MCU
No Way Home was everything but a bit too emotional. As Peter transitioned from being an independent kid to an individual superhero, he had to win some and lose some. Well, the biggest loss that can never be undone is the death of Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). This particular moment once again proved that Green Goblin will forever be his archnemesis. However, the death of Aunt May eliminated a major of Peter Parker’s life, i.e., Uncle Ben.
In every iteration, we see that Uncle Ben dies which serves as the turning point for Peter Parker, be it Tobey or Andrew’s. But in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Aunt May became Peter’s moral compass and guardian. The ideal use of May has completely eliminated the need for an Uncle Ben. Moreover, she also got to say the most iconic dialogue, “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
Aunt May completes replaces Uncle Ben in almost every aspect. Jon Watt’s film uses Aunt May instead of Uncle Ben by making her his mentor. Secondly, Peter is directly responsible for Aunty May’s death because he was the one who requested Doctor Strange to alter the reality which invited Green Goblin to his universe. Now, we all know how that ended. Also, the screenwriters revealed that originally, No Way Home was only about Peter’s origins and Aunty May’s death. But if that was the case, then her death would have been a useless sacrifice if Peter didn’t go on to face a bigger challenge followed by the toughest choice.