Previously known as the ‘Spider-Sense’ across comics and movies, this power now goes by the title ‘Peter Tingle’ in Marvel Studios’ latest offering.
Tying in with the genre’s sensibilities (high-school comedy and adolescent romance), it’s a pretty savvy and amusing break from tradition.
And now, chatting to The Wrap, screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers have discussed how and why they made this big change.
“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’,” McKenna noted.
“Well, do we call it nothing? What do we call it? Do we go for something that’s more of a joke name?” added Sommers. “And I assure you, we went around and around and tried all different kind of things.”
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The filmmakers shot scenes of Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan “stumbling through different descriptions of trying to think of a thing to call it”.
Sommers continued: “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.”