‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Why There’s No Spider-Sense

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Spider-Man can do whatever a spider can, but there are limits to his powers, at least in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spidey’s list of powers surprisingly doesn’t include one of his most famous: his Spider-Sense.

Ever since Spider-Man‘s first comic book adventures, Peter Parker gained a “spider-sense” after he was bit by the radioactive spider. The “spider-sense” causes a tingling at the back of his skull, alerting him of danger. It’s similar to the “radar sense” that’s among Daredevil’s powers. Peter’s “spider-sense” was also featured in the previous Spider-Man movies.

In an interview with CinemaBlend, Homecoming director Jon Watts explained that the power was used a lot in the previous films, so he didn’t want to “lean” on it.

“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,” the director said.

Several of Spider-Man‘s other powers are still featured prominently in Homecoming and have been on display in trailers. He still has his super-strength and the ability to crawl up walls like a spider. Spider-Man has also displayed superhuman speed, durability and agility in the comics. He also has the power to heal faster than the normal human and has great reflexes.

Homecoming doesn’t show Spider-Man’s origin, since Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures agreed that it’s been shown over and over again. Since 2002, audiences have already had to sit through it twice. Excising the origin means Watts and star Tom Holland get to swing right into the action without rehashing what audiences already know.

In Spidey’s origin Peter is a nerdy high school student who is bit by a radioactive spider during a field trip. The spider gives him the powers of a spider, and Peter decides to use these powers for financial gain. While at a TV show taping, he lets a burglar go by and the man eventually kills his Uncle Ben. Peter is too late to save his uncle and he learns that “with great power, comes great responsibility.”

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