Peter Parker’s Spider-Man has several powers that just about everyone knows about. He shoots webs (any size), he can crawl up walls and he can predict danger thanks to his handy spider-sense. One of these iconic abilities won’t be featured in Spider-Man: Homecoming, however.
That’s right. Director Jon Watts has now confirmed that Peter’s spider-sense won’t be utilized in the upcoming film. While that’s a bit disappointing to hear, he explained the reasoning behind the surprising decision during a chat with Cinema Blend, and it does make sense.
“I feel like we have seen a lot of Spider-Sense in the previous films, so we didn’t really lean into that as hard as they have in the previous films. But I do think it is a really interesting thing to explore.”
Watts’ comments here are sound, as he’s said before that his and Marvel’s central aim for Homecoming was to showcase different elements of the character and his world from those that audiences have seen before in Sony’s previous five Spider-Man movies – and he’s absolutely right when he says that the spider-sense was prominently used throughout those films.
Still, the ability is a major part of Spider-Man’s character and it seems kind of strange having a version of the hero who doesn’t possess it. Then again, Watts does say that he thinks it’s “really interesting,” so it’s very possible that Peter could develop this power, or simply use it for the first time on screen, in the sequel to Homecoming or even in Avengers: Infinity War.
After all, there are many more films featuring Tom Holland’s Peter Parker on the horizon. In fact, just recently, Kevin Feige revealed a five-movie plan for the character, stretching from Captain America: Civil War to Spider-Man: Homecoming 2. A third standalone outing is also likely, in order to complete a trilogy of solo movies.
Regardless of the absence of his Spidey-Sense, we’re still tingling with excitement (see what we did there?) for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which lands in UK cinemas tomorrow on July 5th and then in the US on July 7th.