If you watched Spider-Man: Homecoming last weekend chances are you may have noticed some very significant differences to the character. Sure Uncle Ben wasn’t there, Peter (Tom Holland) didn’t make the suit himself, and a diverse cast played characters that were portrayed as Caucasian in the comics.
But one of the most notable things that went under the radar was Spider-Man’s lack of a tingling Spider Sense. So for those who haven’t seen the film yet, there will be spoilers following the jump. You have been warned.
The film merely glosses over how Peter got his powers during one of his conversations with Ned Leeds (Jacob Batalon) on their morning walk to school. Though Ned’s nagging questions were used for a comedic effect, it never really addressed what kind of powers he actually possessed. We know that he is stronger, faster, and more agile than a normal human. But one of Spider-Man’s signature powers is the Spider sense, a power that allows him to sense danger before it strikes. But seeing as the film bypasses all the origins stuff, one would think we would at least see it in action a couple of times. However, director Jon Watts has an explanation as to why we never see it in the first place:
“The idea was, again, just you want to make this movie be less about things you’ve already seen before, and you’ve definitely already seen a spider sense sequence done extremely well in Marc [Webb]’s and [Sam] Raimi’s movies…It could be something that develops over time or we can do it in a different way. It’s something that seemed like maybe there’s a cool thing to do with that eventually, but let’s not crowd this movie with something we’ve already seen before… That could be … I’m just making things up right now, but it could be something like you’re saying that develops over time.”
This seems to indicate that we will have a full understanding of what this Spider-Man is capable of in subsequent sequels. And since this is the youngest Spider-Man it allows the audience to see how his powers will develop. However, Kevin Feige doesn’t completely rule out the fact that Spider-Man doesn’t have it. Here’s what he told IGN:
“No, I think he has it. And I think he has it with or without that suit. I think how we explore it in a cinematic sense will change. I mean, that was sort of a big showy part of previous versions and we thought that we’d make it more of an internal, sort of second nature thing for him. But there are ways coming up that will slowly hint at that and also just make it part of his, you know, his natural abilities. But we don’t know that if it will be — I think we’ll explore it further down the line, but [it’s] definitely him, not the suit.”
One could argue that Karen (Jennifer Connelly) was acting in place of the Spider-Sense giving the character some sense of spacial awareness telling him when to jump or if civilians were in immediate danger. At the times that he did fight, he had enough reflexes to know who was coming from his blind spots. So we’ll have to wait and see if Spider-Sense ever makes it into a sequel.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is out in theaters now. Be sure to check out our review of the film and where it ranks among the currently released MCU films.
[Source: Collider | IGN]