Spider-Man: Homecoming Won't Be Making Much Use of "Spider-Sense"
We're four days out (at the time of this writing) from the mass viewing of Spider-Man: Homecoming and we're still getting little details in from interviews and reviews since the embargo lifted. One such tidbit is the fact that this latest iteration of our favorite wall-crawler, won't make use of his early-warning detection ability that borders on pre-cognition, affectionately called "spider-sense". Spider-Sense is basically like a fire alarm in Peter's head that goes off whenever something that his natural instincts consider dangerous presents itself. It doesn't tell him what the danger is or where it's coming from, but, when coupled with his enhanced senses, it can alert him to danger in time for him to assess the situation and take the steps necessary to evade, deflect, absorb or counter, depending on what the situation calls for.
As evidenced by the scene above, Peter's Spider-Sense is one of his more fantastic abilities. On top of that, with today's technology, it can be minded for some potentially amazing special FX. So why not use it? Simply put: Been there, done that, one too many times. Director Jon Watts has eschewed the famous ability for the same reason Marvel and co. aren't retreading Peter's origin: It's not fresh territory. Speaking CinemaBlend, Watts explained their reasoning behind disregarding the iconic and fundamental superpower
“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.”
That's all well and good, but I don't think it makes sense. We've seen Spider-Man's strength, agility, web-slinging and so on and so forth, but those abilities will all be showcased in the film in a very big, very expensive way. It's possible he feels that the previous movies relied on that ability too heavily, but, regardless, it's still a part of Spider-Man's DNA. Watts did leave room for potential use in another film, possibly, but it's hard to imagine a Spider-Man without spider-sense. For that matter, it's hard to imagine a kid that young developing all these amazing abilities and NOT having spider-sense to warn him when he's about to hurt himself or someone else. Four more days people. We'll just have to wait and see what a senseless Spider-Man really looks like. Sorry, I had to.