At the risk of spoiling both 2002's Spider-Man and 2012's Amazing Spider-Man, Uncle Ben dies. Okay, so you knew that already, but it's an important point to remember now the news that the actor playing Mr. Ben (Martin Sheen) will return, somehow, for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Speaking to RTÉ's The Late Late Show, the actor still best known by many as Jed Bartlet revealed that despite his character's unfortunate stumble off his mortal coil in the previous Spidey adventure, he's been called back for more wise words-dispensing by director Marc Webb:
"Well, they called me back. I don't know what the part's going to be but I'm going to be Uncle Ben once again in Spider-Man next year. We shoot in February."
Now though comic-book plot lines aren't above bringing characters back from the dead, it's a pretty safe bet that's not going to happen this time around. Think memories-of-advice-given-in-times-gone-by flashbacks and you're probably around the right spot.
He'll be joining newcomers Jamie Foxx (as electricity-loving villain Electro) and Chronicle's Dane DeHaan (as Harry Osborn) for a movie that will no doubt tell audiences more about Peter Parker's parents' mysterious past...
The Amazing Spider-Man sequel is scheduled to swing in on April 18, 2014.