In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the classic Spider-Man ability known as the Spider Sense -- which alerts Peter Parker to imminent danger -- is redubbed the "Peter Tingle," a term coined by Marisa Tomei's Aunt May. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Far From Home's writers, revealed why this change was made.
While sitting down with The Wrap, the writers explained they "never wanted to explicitly call it 'Spider Sense.'" McKenna elaborated, "We were always struggling to be a little more nuanced about it or a little sideways about this special power of his without being on the nose and calling it 'Spider Sense.'"
Sommers then explained their thought process regarding how to approach Peter's sixth sense. "Well, do we call it nothing? What do we call it? Do we go for something that's more of a joke name? And I assure you, we went around and around and tried all different kind of things."
The Spider Sense was featured as a prominent part of Spidey's skillset in the character's pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Moreover, it has certainly been alluded to since Tom Holland donned the mask for Marvel Studios. However, in all that time, the ability has never actually been named on-screen. As such, McKenna and Sommer saw Far From Home as an opportunity to give the power a new name in a way that felt organic.
"We definitely had some scenes where Happy [Hogan] was stumbling through different descriptions of trying to think of a thing to call it himself," Sommers explained. "We liked 'Peter Tingle' because it's like your aunt calls it something, and that's the last thing you want it called, so then, of course, she doubled down and that's what she's calling it, and she tells someone else, and that's what they're calling it. It's very authentic teen life."
Now in theaters, director 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.