If you have yet to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, you might want to come back to this later…but seriously WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
My lord. Why oh why do fans insist on ignoring what’s right in front of them? In Marvel’s first official Spider-Man entry in the MCU debuting to stellar box office numbers, many of my Facebook friends and discussion groups want to keep harping on Spider-Man not having Spider-Sense in the movie. However, it was apparent that he’d had his Spider-Sense all along. We owe much of this noise to the click-bait headlines proliferating social media from the poorly quoted words of Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts, as well as the damage control follow-up from MCU head honcho Kevin Fiege. The only reason this is still an issue is because fans don’t truly understand how Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense works. So I wanted to share three clear examples where Spider-Man used his Spider-Sense in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
As an avid fan of the wall-crawler for many years, I’d like to think I have a pretty good grasp on how his powers work. I don’t need to rely on the visuals of previous Spider-Man films or cartoons, nor do I need to take the word of a director who i’d wager a hefty sum of cash, doesn’t know the characters powers better than I do. What some people are used to seeing is his Spider-Sense warning him of imminent danger in his surroundings, with an elaborate slow-motion scene showing the viewer what the danger is and where its coming from. However his Spider-Sense is much more than that. It allows him to react faster to things he can plainly see in front of him as well.
This isn’t something you turn on and off. Its instinctual. So when he’s fighting 2 or 3 or more people and is dodging bullets, punches and other weapons? Guess what…that’s Spider-Sense in action! When he blindly shoots his webs while swinging through the air? Spider-Sense. It acts in a similar fashion as Daredevil’s radar sense, but it’s far more powerful, allowing him to dodge even point blank machine gun fire.
So let’s give you some examples of when Spider-Man used it in the film:
In this scene, which was heavily in the trailers, Spidey was dodging attacks from 4 attackers, flipping all around the bank and making the attacks miss. While some of this was quick reflexes to be sure, what is also certain is that his Spider-Sense allowed him to react quickly to leap out of the way of the overcharged Chitauri plasma cutter that dissected the bank ATMs and also destroyed his favorite neighborhood deli across the street.
Here is the scene where the Spider-Sense got a good workout. In the fight with Vulture’s men, Spidey used his Spider-Sense to dodge a blow from the Shocker. Clearly, Shocker was behind him, and Spidey couldn’t see him at all. Yet, he quickly dodged, knocked him into the guardrail and webbed his hands to it. Clearly feeling himself, he starts quipping at a now harmless Shocker, as he changed his web cartridges. Without missing a beat, he fires a web-grenade towards the direction of a charging attacker. Only his Spider-Sense would’ve alerted him of the threat oncoming attacker, as well as in where to fire.
After the crazy reveal in the 3rd act, Spidey confronted the Vulture in his hideaway. After the classic villain monologue, The Vulture brings his wings to bear on Spidey. The action happened so fast that Spidey leapt out of the way using his Spider-sense as he bounded around the building. A couple of which were impossible to see, including attacks from above and behind him. Of course, no amount of Spider-Sense could have prevented what happened next.
There you have clear examples of Spider-Sense in action. Kevin Feige clearly said himself that Spider-Sense is part of his powerset, and as I illustrated here, is going to be treated differently than viewers are used to. His Spider-Sense has been treated as a unique occurrence that happens only in dire circumstances, which is not true in the slightest. It’s always in operation and is part of nearly everything he does, even when he contorts his body in ways to avoid obstacles as he swings through New York. If you’re wondering why there was no precognitive examples of Spider-Sense, well, even in the comics that was something that had to develop a bit over time. In the timeline established by this film and Captain America: Civil War, he’s only been Spider-Man for less than one full year. His powers are going to grow, and even according to the director, they’ll be exploring those aspects of it later. I’d imagine that it won’t be slow-motion style however. So please, use this article to diffuse the nonsense spreading over the internet about Spider-Sense. He’s always had it, and he always will.
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