You don’t think a little something like the death of his character is going to keep the great Martin Sheen out of Marc Webb’s planned Amazing Spider-Man sequel, do you?

Despite the fact that he took a bullet to the chest in The Amazing Spider-Man -- which is crucial to the character’s heroic lore – Martin Sheen will be on hand to film scenes for the as-yet-untitled sequel, which ComingSoon claims will begin production in February. The site found a clip of Sheen on the talk show RTE’s The Late Late Show (the big time!) where he told the host:
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.”

How do you bring a character back from the dead? Likely, Sheen will appear in flashbacks or possible “dream” situations where Andrew Garfield’s pensive Peter Parker reflects on the lessons Ben tried to impart on his wayward nephew before having his life snatched away by a robber’s bullet. Maybe Spidey 2 will pick up our hero’s hunt for Uncle Ben’s killer … you know, since that plotline was unceremoniously dropped in the first movie?

There’s also precedence for this. Sam Raimi brought his own Ben Parker, played by Cliff Robertson, back for all three Spider-Man movies. Sheen, for his part, told us during the Spider-Man press days that he relished the role of Uncle Ben, and compared its influence in the comic-book world to that of Macbeth in the realm of William Shakespeare’s body of work – meaning that it’s a character that multiple actors could play, each finding a fresh interpretation. Sheen will join Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field and Jamie Foxx in the sequel. Sharp lineup. Can’t wait to read the script.

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