Spider senses... tingling.
As shown in the recently debuted first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's take on Peter Parker (Tom Holland) does have a form of his iconic spider sense, a precognition that alerts him to danger.
The young superhero is on a school bus when the hair on his arms stand at attention. Looking over his right shoulder, Peter detects the source of the hair-raising phenomenon immediately: a mysterious, circular alien object floating ominously above New York City.
Along with his unique wall-crawling powers and web-swinging, Spider-Man's "Spidey sense" is among his most famous powers — and one of his most helpful tools — causing fans to question the omission of the ability in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the webhead's first solo movie in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Captain America: Civil War, where Holland's rookie crime fighter made his debut, hinted at Peter's prescient gift during a brawl with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) when he became aware of a large object thrown at him without turning his head, but Marvel Studios' take on the character has largely ignored Spidey's capacity for premonition — an effort to help Homecoming, the sixth Spider-Man movie, individuate itself from the past five films starring the character.
“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,” director Jon Watts said in July. “But I do think it is a really interesting thing to explore.”
“I think he has it," answered Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige when asked about the missing power. "And I think he has it with or without that suit. I think how we explore it in a cinematic sense will change."
“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,” Feige said. “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. I think we’ll explore it further down the line.”
This is the youngest Peter Parker we've seen yet — he's fifteen and at the start of his high school career, where the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield versions exited high school in their first and second movies — and it could be that specific ability is still developing.
Or it takes something major — like the universe-threatening arrival of Thanos and his forces — to get such a strong and hair-raising reaction out of Peter's spider sense, but the webhead has it.
And he's going to need it.
Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4.