Spider-Man is the perfect superhero for video games. Between his colorful rogues’ gallery of villains and the unique way he moves and fights, Marvel’s wall-crawler has provided the perfect set-up for some of the best superhero video games ever made. Now, Insomniac Games has given gamers another chance to swing through New York and web up bad guys in the highly-anticipated Spider-Man. This PlayStation 4-exclusive title has already received widespread critical acclaim and will almost certainly go down as one of the biggest games of 2018. While the game gives Spider-Man all of his signature abilities, it also dives into Spidey’s surprisingly large wardrobe with over two dozen alternate suits and costumes. As players unlock new suits over the course of the game, they also unlock special abilities that can be transferred from one costume to another. With a healthy mix of classic costumes, obscure suits from the depths of Marvel history and some brand new designs, Spider-Man boasts a swath of costumes that help make it the best looking Spider-Man game ever.
Now, CBR is counting down all of the alternate suits from Marvel’s Spider-Man. In this list, we’ll be ranking these suits by their overall design. Since most of these costumes look great onscreen, we’ll also be considering the abilities they unlock. While we know that more suits will be added to the game through DLC starting in October, we’re only going to be listing the suits that were available in the game on release day. We’ll also be taking a look at the comic book history that shaped these Spidey suits.
SPOILER WARNING: This list contains minor plot spoilers and a comprehensive list of unlockable suits for Spider-Man, out now on the PS4.
28. WRESTLER SUIT
Before he became Spider-Man, Peter Parker had an extremely short career as a masked wrestler. Spider-Man commemorates that part of his life with a suit based on his time in the ring. This version of Peter’s wrestling costume is based on Mark Bagley’s take on the outfit from 2000’s Ultimate Spider-Man #3.
While this ensemble might work well in a wrestling ring, the suit was never meant for swinging through the streets of Manhattan. Even though it unlocks a useful way to web-throw enemies without webbing, it just doesn’t have much going on visually besides a bold red-and-blue color scheme.
27. HOMEMADE SUIT
After Tony Stark took away Spider-Man’s suit in 2015’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker had to get creative. Using clothes he had lying around, Peter put together a homemade suit that manages to capture the spirit of Spider-Man’s classic costume by inverting the colors of the Scarlet Spider suit.
Spider-Man is defined by sharp Spidey suits with high-tech upgrades. Compared to those, the haphazard homemade suit looks a little bit out of place in the game, and it doesn’t unlock any special abilities either. Although it’s not the height of fashion, Spider-Man’s homemade suit is still an endearing ensemble.
26. BATTLE DAMAGE SUIT
Early in the game, Spider-Man’s iconic suit gets torn up in a battle. While the core classic Spider-Man costume here looks great, the amount of damage leaves something to be desired. Sure, this Spider-Man has a few cuts and scrapes, but there’s nothing here that the Night Nurse couldn’t patch up in a few minutes.
Over the years, Spider-Man’s costume has been ripped to shreds several times. While most battle-damaged versions of Spider-Man have huge pieces of his mask or costume missing, the tears in this costume are barely noticeable and don’t really bring anything new to the table.
In the game’s most revealing outfit, Spider-Man has to save the day wearing nothing but his mask, his web-shooters and his Underoos. While this “outfit” doesn’t leave much to the imagination, he’s been reduced to wearing something like this a few times in his comic book history. Also, this suit reveals that Peter Parker wears boxer-briefs with his Spider-Man mask printed on them, which is a bold sartorial choice.
24. EMPIRE STATE UNIVERSITY SUIT
Through a Day 1 patch, Spider-Man‘s developers added a secret suit based on Peter Parker’s civilian clothes. In this outfit, Peter Parker wears his Spider-Man mask with jeans and an Empire State University t-shirt. In the game, Peter is a student at the fictional Manhattan college, so the ESU shirt is a nice touch that helps make Spider-Man’s world feel a little more real.
Since this is basically a civilian Peter Parker costume, it doesn’t unlock any new abilities. While he’d only fight crime in an outfit costume like this on super-short notice, at least this Spider-Man has pants on.
23. VINTAGE SUIT
In theory, Spider-Man‘s Vintage suit is a really neat idea. This cel-shaded Spider-Man costume looks like it jumped off of a comic book page, complete with bold primary colors and ink outlines that pop. On its own, it’s a great look that’s reminiscent of the cel-shaded Ultimate Spider-Man game from 2005.
Like Batman’s cartoon suits in the Arkham games, Spider-Man’s vintage suit looks odd in the game’s more realistic world. It’s a jarring sight that breaks the game’s immersion. Still, the suit unlocks a fun power that lets an extra-talkative Spider-Man stun his enemies with bad quips and jokes.
22. FEAR ITSELF SUIT
While Spider-Man usually upgrades his suits with technology, his costume got a mystical upgrade in the 2010’s Fear Itself #7. While battling some Asgardian villains, Spider-Man got a new suit designed by Tony Stark and the Dwarves of Nidavillir. This Spidey suit also features clawed gauntlets made out of Asgardian Uru metal.
Like several suits, the Fear Itself costume has a glow that really pops off the screen in Spider-Man‘s darker areas. In lighter areas, it looks like something that should be in Tron, but it still unlocks the power to briefly quadruple the power of Spider-Man’s punches.
21. DARK SUIT
Spider-Man has a lot of cool suits, but it doesn’t feature his famous black symbiote costume. While that seems destined to show up in the inevitable sequel, this game still has a few similar suits like the aptly-named Dark Suit. With red eyes and a red spider symbol, this suit looks like a cross between the symbiote costume and Miles Morales’ Spider-Man suit.
After an encounter with the devilish Mephisto, Spider-Man briefly wore this suit in 2016’s Spider-Man/Deadpool #8. While it looks sleek in the game, it doesn’t unlock any special abilities and doesn’t really stand out from the crowd.
20. ELECTRICALLY INSULATED SUIT
Even if Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t do him any favors, Electro is still one of Spider-Man’s more dangerous villains. After Electro got a major power boost in 1997’s Amazing Spider-Man #425, Spider-Man developed an insulated Electro-Proof suit to take him down.
With red padding on a blue suit, it inverts Spider-Man’s usual color scheme for an intriguing look. Since it really only has one purpose, Peter hasn’t worn the suit much since then. Still, the Electrically Insulated suit unlocks a useful electric punch ability in Spider-Man. This electric ability can stun enemies while Spidey picks them off one by one.
19. SECRET WAR SUIT
While Marvel’s Secret Wars are usually universe-spanning events, Spider-Man was part of a more literal Secret War in 2004. After Nick Fury realized that Latveria was backing supervillains, he sent Spider-Man and several other heroes on a covert mission to invade Doctor Doom’s homeland. In Secret War #3, Spider-Man donned a stealthy black suit for the top secret mission.
In Spider-Man, the suit doesn’t stray too far from Gabriele Dell’Otto’s original design, which incorporates Spidey’s red-and-blue colors onto a black suit. It also unlocks an exceptionally useful electromagnetic pulse that can stun bad guys and knock out their weapons.
18. NEGATIVE ZONE SUIT
The Negative Zone is a sense-shattering alternate dimension that Spider-Man has visited a few times. In 1998’s Spider-Man #90, the Zone’s psychedelic energies changed Spider-Man’s classic costume into a white-and-black suit. While he was there, Peter Parker traded the costume for the flying suit that he briefly used as the hero Dusk.
In the game, Spider-Man’s Negative Zone suit mirrors the colors of his villain Mr. Negative. The suit has an otherworldly glow that really pops off the screen, especially in darker settings. It also unlocks the ability to unleash negative energy blast that knocks down multiple enemies.
17. SPIRIT SPIDER
By combining elements Spider-Man and Ghost Rider’s signature look, the Spirit Spider is one of the most unique costumes in Spider-Man. This suit is based on an alternate universe Spider-Man from 2011’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #38. In that world, Peter Parker perished while trying to steal other people’s powers. He bonded with the Spirit of Vengeance and was resurrected as the Ghost Spider.
The spooky Spirit Spider costume is topped by a skull with constantly flickering flames and unlocks the ability to throw flaming skulls at enemies. With visible muscle fibers and sinew, this visceral suit also highlights Spider-Man’s physicality.
16. VELOCITY SUIT
While most of the suits in Spider-Man come from comics or film, the game also has a few brand new suits like the Velocity suit. Designed by veteran Marvel artist and costume designer Adi Granov, this outfit offers a streamlined take on elements from a few different Spidey suits, including a glow-in-the-dark spider pattern.
As its name suggests, the Velocity Suit unlocks a blitz ability that lets him run fast to build up momentum and knock down enemies like he’s Sonic the Hedgehog. While super-speed has never really been one of Spider-Man’s powers, this is still a very solid suit.
15. SPIDER-MAN 2099 (WHITE SUIT)
In several possible futures, Miguel O’Hara becomes Spider-Man in the year 2099. When one version of Miguel got trapped in the present-day Marvel Universe, he donned a new white hi-tech suit designed by Peter Parker in 2015’s Spider-Man 2099 #1.
This white Spider-Man 2099 suit is basically a color-swapped version of the classic blue Spider-Man 2099 suit. While it doesn’t have that suit’s iconic appeal, it’s the game’s best-looking white costume. With a strong blend of futuristic and modern elements, it works well in light or dark settings. It also unlocks especially strong attacks that send Spider-Man’s enemies flying backward.
14. SPIDER-ARMOR MK II
Even though Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense isn’t his flashiest power, he depends on it in battle to serve as a kind of early-warning system. When that power shorted out in 2011’s Amazing Spider-Man #656, Peter built a bulletproof Spider-Armor suit to take on the heavily-armed villain Massacre. It also produced magnetic webbing that kept the villain from activating his remote-controlled traps.
In Spider-Man, this Spider-Armor doesn’t stray far from Marcos Martin’s simple, sleek design. Since the symbiote suit isn’t here, this dark Spidey costume is a worthy substitute, especially since it unlocks an ability that temporarily makes Spider-Man bulletproof in the game.
13. LAST STAND SUIT
In one alternate universe, Spider-Man’s life took a dark turn after he permanently dealt with Kraven the Hunter and several other villains. After spending decades running from the authorities, this haunted Spider-Man made a last stand against the police in Amazing Spider-Man #500.
With a leather jacket and black pants, this is one of Spider-Man‘s more minimal costumes. While the jacket is pretty skintight, it has a depth and texture that makes it stand out from the game’s other suits. In a nice nod to the story it comes from, it unlocks the ability to make Spidey’s hard-hitting attacks unblockable.
12. SPIDER-MAN NOIR
Since Spider-Man: Noir was published in 2009, this Great Depression-era vigilante has become one of the most famous alternate universe versions of Spider-Man. Designed by Carmine Di Giandomenico, this Spidey suit is built around realistic, era-specific items. Outside of comics, Spider-Man Noir had a starring role in the 2010 video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
In Spider-Man, the Noir suit looks pitch-perfect. Despite its era-specific design, the suit works well in the game’s modern setting. When the suit’s stealthy power is activated, enemies can’t call for back-up and the screen goes black-and-white in a move that evokes the suit’s historical origins.
11. SPIDER-MAN 2099
Years before there was a Spider-Verse full of spider-heroes, Miguel O’Hara carried on Peter Parker’s legacy in the future as Spider-Man 2099. In the 1990s, Miguel’s solo series lasted for four years and firmly established him as a fan-favorite character. This Spider-Man also had starring roles in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and its 2011 follow-up Spider-Man: Edge of Time.
For most of his existence, this Spider-Man has kept the Rick Leonardi-designed suit that he had when he debuted in 1992’s Amazing Spider-Man #365. This suit looks predictably great and unlocks a gravity-defying power that’s especially useful in aerial combat.
10. ANTI-OCK SUIT
While it takes more than a little inspiration from the bulletproof Spider-Armor and Spidey’s stealth suit, Spider-Man’s Anti-Ock suit was created specifically for this game. As its name implies, Spider-Man created this armor-plated suit to help him take down Doctor Octopus in the game’s final battle.
Throughout the game, Spider-Man also uses various gadgets, and this suit unlocks the useful ability to resupply them. Taking a cue from Doc Ock’s tentacles, the suit has a black-and-yellow color scheme that works especially well in the dark, where Spider-Man’s spider logos give off a warm glow.
9. BIG TIME STEALTH SUIT
During 2010’s “Big Time” storyline, Peter Parker began working on Horizon Labs and embraced his more scientific side. To defeat the Hobgoblin and his ear-splitting sonic screams, Peter built a stealth suit in Amazing Spider-Man #650. By bending light and sound around it, this suit basically made Spider-Man invisible.
In the game, Spidey’s “Big Time” Stealth suit unlocks a similar ability that lets him sneak up on unsuspecting enemies inside of his distortion field. Even though black and green aren’t usually Spider-Man’s colors, they’re a logical pairing that work especially well together in this sleek suit.
With a jean jacket, a studded mohawk and dirty tennis shoes, Spider-Punk has a distinctive look influenced by punk rock fashion. This Olivier Coipel-designed Spider-Man debuted in 2015’s Amazing Spider-Man #10, where he led a musical revolution against a tyrannical government in an alternate universe.
Down to the buttons on his vest and the Spider-Man logo hidden in the soles of his shoes, the Spider-Punk suit has a staggering amount of detail in the game. Naturally, the suit unlocks the ability to whip out a guitar and unleash waves of righteous sound that are perfect for dispersing groups of enemies.
7. ADVANCED SUIT
In almost all of the advertising for Spider-Man, Spider-Man is wearing the Advanced suit that was designed specifically for the game. While Spider-Man starts out the game in his classic spandex costume, this suit updates that design with some technological design tweaks that make it a perfect fit in the game’s world.
In a slightly controversial move, this suit takes the white in Spider-Man’s eyes and incorporates the color throughout the whole suit in an intriguing choice that mostly works. It also unlocks the ability to regenerate focus, which allows Spidey to perform powerful finishing moves in quick succession.
6. SPIDER-ARMOR MK III
In 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man #682, Peter Parker built a new Spider-Armor to help him take on the Sinister Six in the “Ends of the Earth” storyline. This Spidey suit had some armor and padding for extra protection and included functions and devices that were meant to counter the abilities of specific villains.
Thanks to its extra padding and hi-tech gizmos, this Spider-Armor is probably the bulkiest suit in the game. Since the suit has so much extra protective padding, it unlocks a set of “titanium alloy plates” that reflect bullets back at the enemies who fired them.
5. SPIDER-ARMOR MK IV
In 2015’s Amazing Spider-Man #1, Peter Parker built a new Spider-Armor that incorporated enough hi-tech toys to make Iron Man jealous. Designed by acclaimed painter Alex Ross, this suit updates the classic Spider-Man uniform and includes a green glow around the black spider on Spidey’s chest.
In Spider-Man, this slender Spider-Armor unlocks a shield that briefly keeps Spider-Man from taking any damage. All of the gadgets that Spidey uses throughout the game are the kinds of features that the suit had in comics, and this gleaming metallic Spider-Armor seems like a natural home for all of that tech.
4. SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING STARK SUIT
Unsurprisingly, the game also includes Spider-Man’s signature suit from Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark designed this suit for a young Peter Parker and filled it with all sorts of hi-tech gizmos and gadgets for the web-slinger to discover.
In the game, this suit looks just as good as it did on the big screen. It’s still a smart update on Spidey’s classic look that adds some texture and black piping throughout the suit. This Stark suit also unlocks one of the game’s best special abilities, a “Spider-Bro” drone that shocks enemies.
3. SCARLET SPIDER
To make a long story short, the Scarlet Spider is the alter-ego of Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly. After suiting up in 1994’s Web of Spider-Man #118, the Scarlet Spider swung his way into fans’ hearts during Spider-Man’s infamous “Clone Saga.”
Since Reilly holds such a prominent spot in Spidey’s history, his sleeveless hoodie-based suit has been in several Spider-Man games. In Spider-Man, it looks better than ever, thanks to some slight design tweaks that make it work in the game’s world. With the nifty ability to create holographic duplicates, this fan-favorite costume is more than a simple throwback look.
2. CLASSIC SUIT
Since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created Spider-Man in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, Peter Parker’s primary costume hasn’t really changed much. While he’s worn all kinds of other suits now and then, he always returns his classic Spider-Man costume. With a bold palette of primary colors and an intricate web design, it’s an iconic look that’s instantly recognizable and complex enough to stay interesting.
In the game, the “repaired” classic Spider-Man suit is the platonic ideal of Spider-Man. It also unlocks the handy Web Blossom attack, which lets Spidey leap into the air and web up every enemy in sight.
1. IRON SPIDER SUIT
This Iron Spider suit debuted in the closing moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming, when Peter Parker refused this gleaming Tony Stark-designed suit. In Avengers: Infinity War, Peter donned this technological marvel as he took his ill-fated trip into the stars. Like the cinematic Iron Spider suit, this game’s suit has four extra retractable arms.
For most of the time its onscreen in Infinity War, the Iron Spider suit is a digital object that’s most created by computer-generated effects. In the game, it looks almost exactly like it did in the MCU and feels totally natural in the game’s realistic-looking world.
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