Peter Parker was almost a little Superior in Spider-Man: Homecoming. On Twitter, concept artist Ryan Meinerding revealed an unused costume design for the film based on the Superior Spider-Man series by writer Dan Slott and artist Ryan Stegman.
— Ryan Meinerding (@MeinerdingArt) July 18, 2017
Technically, Peter Parker wasn’t the one rocking this suit in Superior Spider-Man. After an elaborate scheme, Otto Octavius — Doc Ock himself — managed to switch minds with Peter, enabling him to take over Peter’s body. Masquerading as Peter, Otto dubbed himself the “Superior” Spider-Man because he fully believed that he could be a better hero than Peter ever was and designed a new Spider-suit to reflect that. The ruse didn’t last long, though, and Peter was eventually able to wrest his body back from Otto. As soon as he was back in control, Peter returned to his classic red-and-blue Spidey suit and discarded Otto’s more ominous red-and-black costume. Artists Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli also contributed to the series.
Of course, Spider-Man: Homecoming didn’t feature any appearances by Doc Ock, instead focusing on Vulture and his rogues gallery. What’s more, it seems unlikely that Otto will return to film anytime soon. Last month, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige weighed in on future Spider-Man villains, saying, “As Michael Keaton does with the Vulture, we get to explore villains we haven’t seen before. Spidey has an amazing rogues gallery, so at some point I think it might be interesting to revisit some of the characters we’ve seen in films before, but right now, we think there are a lot of new ones we haven’t played with yet.” As Doc Ock appeared in Sam Raimi’s beloved Spider-Man 2 in 2004, it seems unlikely the Marvel Cinematic Universe will revisit him anytime soon. As such, we probably won’t see the Superior Spider-Man — or his costume — on the big screen.
However, that doesn’t mean Peter stuck to just one suit in Spider-Man: Homecoming. (This is going to get a little spoilery, so look away if you haven’t seen the movie yet!) In the film, Peter primarily rocks the classic Spidey outfit that Iron Man gave him in Captain America: Civil War. Midway through the movie, though, Tony Stark takes it back, forcing Peter to revert to his homemade, Scarlet Spider-inspired costume. At the very end, Stark offers him a new suit with a metallic edge that seems inspired by the Iron Spider suit.
In theaters now, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as Vulture, in addition to Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.
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