ByJames George, writer at
James George

Marvel has done it again. Less than a month later, and Captain America: Civil War has out-finessed some of Marvel's finest works, and is even giving The Avengers a run for its $1.52 billion dollars (already crossing a billion itself). It has action, humor, drama, depth, raw emotion, and edge-of-your-seat thrills. Basically the perfect movie, right?

Not necessarily.

Oh boy, here we go . . .
Oh boy, here we go . . .

According to some folks, Civil War has at least one glaring problem, regarding the MCU's most anticipated hero, Spider-Man. During the Leipzig Airport scene, the longest and most impressive fight scene in the movie (or perhaps the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe), our young Mr. Parker confront's Cap's side, representing Iron Man, battling several of the heroes helping Rogers and Bucky find a ride to Siberia. In several of these scenes, Spidey's most useful (maybe even most overpowered) superhuman ability is evidently overlooked.

His Spider-Sense.

Spider-Sense tingling!
Spider-Sense tingling!

The harshest critics say that Spidey's Spider-Sense is completely absent, or that the writer's didn't give him one or simply forgot it. Evidence includes Spidey being dragged off by Redwing (Falcon's robotic drone) in one scene, having his webline cut in midair by Cap's shield in another, and in another still, being bitch-slapped out of the air by Giant-Man.

Defenders (no pun intended) of this detail suggest that Spider-Man is still a kid, and that his powers haven't developed enough yet. Which doesn't make much sense—Parker says himself that he's had his abilities for six months. More than enough time to develop his notoriously quick reflexes. Hell, he's even seen catching a vial thrown at him by Stark in his room in Queens.

Without even looking.

Wow!  Great reflexes!
Wow! Great reflexes!

So, what's the deal with Web-Head?

Well, to clear things up, we need to remember that Spider-Man's Spider-Sense alerts him to danger. Real. Immediate. Life-threatening. Danger. Why is this important? Well, let's look back on the airport fight scene:

When War Machine brings out a new weapon, a stun baton of sorts, Rhodey tells Cap:

"Sorry Cap, this won't kill you, but it ain't gonna tickle, either."

Ant-Man finds a gas truck, shrinks it, and tells Cap to throw it at a growth device, enlarging it and dramatically increasing its potency as a projectile. Especially when Scott realizes too late:

"Oh, man, I thought it was a water truck!"

Just before Black Widow is about to give Hawkeye a swift boot to the face, Scarlet Witch stops her foot and throws her with her psychic power, admonishing Clint:

"You were pulling your punches."

Tony himself even comes right out and says to Natasha at one point:

"Well, my plan was 'go easy on 'em', you wanna switch it up?"

Rhodey wasn't about to kill Steve, Scott intended to throw a safer vehicle for the fight, Clint is clearly holding back against his old S.H.I.E.L.D. buddy, and even Stark is trying not to severely hurt anyone.

Bottom line: as awesome a fight as it was, both sides wore kid gloves through the entire thing. No one was fighting to kill, and thus no one was in immediate threat to their lives.

Including Peter.

Walk it off, pal, you're good.
Walk it off, pal, you're good.

A bit of a stretch? Perhaps. But it does make a lot of sense if you think it over. Or not. Maybe it was some entirely different reason. Hopefully, we'll see more of Spidey's full and uninhibited abilities in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be in theaters in July of 2017.

"Homecoming"?  Marvel, you sly dogs, you!
"Homecoming"? Marvel, you sly dogs, you!

So, what was your favorite scene in Captain America: Civil War? Did you like Tom Holland as the new Web-Slinger? What are you looking forward to most in the MCU? Comment and speak your minds!


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