WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, in theaters now.
For some fans, the special effects-ridden illusion battles were the highlight of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Early on in the movie, Spidey's famed Spidey Sense -- or "Peter Tingle" if you're Aunt May -- wasn't working, which allowed for Mysterio to trap Peter in a series of his signature machinations, including one that resulted in the hero being run over by a moving train. However, when the second illusion battle hit, the Spidey Sense was back up and running, allowing Peter to take down the Master of Illusions.
According to Production Visual Effects Supervisor Janek Sirrs, the change in how this de facto sixth sense was depicted was inspired by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse's realization of the superpower.
Sirrs told IndieWire that although they wanted to find a live-action method of adapting the "Peter Tingle," they didn't want to copy the Oscar-winning animated film, nor use slow motion. "We couldn't come up with a live-action analogy to the graphic wiggly lines that made as much sense," he explained. "The choice boiled down to effects that made you wonder why the other characters in the scene didn’t see them as well, which would obviously blow the whole gag, or something much more elaborate that would involve going into Peter’s head space….and most scenes were paced such that we couldn’t afford the screen time to do that." Attempts that were deemed too similar to Daredevil's sonar vision were similarly scrapped.
Previously, the Spidey Sense was only teased in Avengers: Infinity War when the hairs on Peter's arms rose up in response to the Black Order's destruction on Earth.
Despite the challenges and the desire to avoid repetition, though, the team was able to put together a fight scene where the screen flashed to reveal the drones (through Peter's eyes) and the blackness of Mysterio's illusion (through everyone else's eyes), and the climax sees Peter declare, "You can't trick me anymore," just as the camera pans to reveal the location of the real Mysterio. In this case, playing with perception and visuals were key to displaying just how the famed "Peter Tingle" worked.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.