I think his strength and agility are the same as Peter’s and he has a bit of a spider-sense, but not as a strong. We’re trying to lock down our rules about the spider-sense. I did pretty good with it in “Ultimate Spider-Man,” but sometimes the spider-sense is misused. In some comics I’ve seen it used as a metal detector, or all kinds of stuff. I’m going to try to make sure it only goes off when he’s in immediate danger and that it only gives him a second’s head start. Plus with that second you’ve got to know where the danger is coming from. That buzz could make you turn around and get hit in the face.
And, as you mentioned, Miles has a couple of powers that Peter didn’t have. I’ve been doing my little spider research and there’s all kinds of spiders that do all kinds of different things. There are two powers that are different, both of which you see in this issue. One is the spider-sting. It’s a little similar to the venom blast of the Marvel Universe’s Spider-Woman, but it’s different.
It’s sort of like a kick in the balls. You know how when you get kicked there and it takes about four seconds for it to really hurt? It’s like, “Wait did he kick me?” And then two seconds later it’s like “AUGHH! That’s terrible.” That’s what the spider-sting is like. You get hit and you think nothing happened, but then all of a sudden it’s BLEWIE!
His other new power is camouflage. He’s not turning invisible. He’s camouflaging himself to his surroundings. I saw that there were spiders that do that and boy did it make me happy.
-Bendis on issue #2