Spider-Man: Homecoming won’t make a big deal out of Peter Parker’s spider-sense, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Speaking to IGN, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man has his spider-sense, but that it’s portrayed differently than in previous films.
“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,” Feige explained. “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,” he added. “I think we’ll explore it further down the line.”
Feige’s statement comes just days after Homecoming director Jon Watts revealed that the film doesn’t tap into this particular superpower. “I feel like we have seen a lot of Spider-Sense in the previous films,” he said in the earlier interview. “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.”
Spider-Man’s spider-sense has been depicted on screen in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy as well as the two Amazing Spider-Man films starring Andrew Garfield. Cued by dramatic music and slow motion, Peter would become aware of a threat in his vicinity just in time to evade danger. However, this won’t be the case in Homecoming, though both Feige and Watts have left the door open to explore it in future MCU films.
Then again, Homecoming has taken a very different approach to the character. Unlike previous versions, the MCU’s Spider-Man will stay in high school; what’s more, he’s younger than the other two iterations of the character. Further, he’ll be surrounded by a whole new cast of characters that includes Tony Stark. As such, it’s not terribly surprising that the MCU has taken the character and his spider-sense in an all-new direction.
Arriving July 7, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as Vulture, in addition to Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. Tickets are on sale now.