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Into the Spider-Verse features a sneaky Cliff Robertson cameo as Sam Raimi's Uncle Ben

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Dec 28, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is like an episode of Saturday Night Live, in that it's packed with celebrity guest stars. Everyone from Chris Pine to Stan Lee to Oscar Isaac lent their voice talents to the animated Marvel film from Sony Pictures.

What you may have missed is a very sly cameo from the late, great Cliff Robertson, who played Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in the Sam Raimi-directed, Toby Maguire-led Spider-Man films of the early 2000s. While he was killed off in the first movie, he made an appearance in a flashback sequence in Spider-Man 2.

Interacting with an astute fan on Twitter, co-screenwriter and executive producer Phil Lord confirmed that Robertson (who passed away in 2011) can be heard in Peter Parker's "let's do this one more time" introduction of himself at the start of the movie. As you can probably guess, the line is Ben Parker's most famous saying, recycled from the first Raimi movie, "With great power, comes great responsibility."

Lord, who came up with the movie's story, wrote the screenplay with Rodney Rothman. In turn, Rotham directed the feature alongside Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey.

So far, the film has taken in more than $143 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. Up for several awards, including a Golden Globe, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is receiving a direct sequel and all-female spinoff, the latter introducing the likes of Cindy Moon/Silk and Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman.


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