When “Spider-Man: Homecoming” premieres in July, fans can expect Peter Parker to don a different suit than the one actor Tom Holland debuted last year in Captain America: Civil War.” With Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., playing a role in the franchise reboot, it’s safe to say the red-and-blue costume has undergone a reboot — and thanks to the Los Angeles Times, we now have a breakdown of what its upgrades are.
“Tony Stark built it,” director Jon Watts said, “so it has lots of bells and whistles.” Those include a recon drone, a GPS tracking system, an upgraded web-shooter, web wings and an auto-fit system. Marvel Comics fans will note that most of these upgrades — perhaps most notably those web wings — come straight from the source material.
While incorporating the suit upgrades surely inspired many brainstorming sessions, Watts acknowledge it was far more difficult to try and build a practical suit that resembled the one from “Captain America: Civil War.”
“We were tasked with trying to build a practical suit that looked like the perfect computer-generated suit they had made for ‘Civil War,’” he said. “That was very complicated, and I assume extremely stressful for Louise [Frogley, costume designer].”
In the end, though, Frogley and Watts managed to craft the perfect suit from the vision of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, even if it meant going through fabric test after fabric test to try and have “have a spider-web pattern look consistent from every angle,” something Watts learned to be impossible.
Written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (“Vacation”), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya, Donald Glover and many, many others. The film swings into theaters on July 7.