Originally Posted by Loki882
The biggest problem with the Sandman retcon is that it removes Peter motivation to be Spiderman in the first place. Peter had the power to stop that robber easily, but he chose not to for his own selfish reasons. As a result, the robber escaped and shot Uncle Ben. His death was partially Peter's fault, and Peter wants to make up for that by helping other people. That's where "with great power comes great responsibility" comes in. Sandman being the killer destroys that since it DIDN'T MATTER what decision Peter made, Uncle Ben would have died either way.
No, it's still Peter's fault. He let the first robber go, thus Flint Marko sees his partner running out of the building with a successful score (because Peter let him go) and they try to steal Ben's car. The robber grabs Flints arm and sets his gun off, because Peter let the robber go.
If Peter would have stopped the robber, Ben would be alive.