Most Marvel Comics fans were undoubtedly excited when the closing moments of Spider-Man: Homecoming teased a new costume for Peter Parker to wear as part of the Avengers team. While Peter turned it down at that point in time, it seemed like a given that we would see this costume again in Avengers: Infinity War. Since the upgraded armor was designed by Tony Stark, many fans took to calling it the Iron Spider, the name given to the red-and-gold armor Iron Man gave Spider-Man in the comic books during 2006’s Civil War event.
As hoped, the first teaser trailer of Avengers: Infinity War confirmed Peter will indeed come to wear his new costume. The first look at the film offered a glimpse of this new suit in action, and it would appear that the outfit has little to do with the comics’ Iron Spider armor. In fact, it looks a whole lot more like the costume Peter wore in the fairly recent comic book storyline “Worldwide,” in the Amazing Spider-Man title by writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.
“Worldwide” saw Peter Parker take his superhero antics to a global scale, traveling from one country to another as the CEO of Parker Industries. With expanded resources and technology at his disposal, Peter created a new version of his Spider-Man costume, and it just so happens that it looks very much like it was the inspiration for Spider-Man’s Infinity War armor. The “Worldwide” costume, designed by none other than comic book legend Alex Ross, looks very much like the original Spider-Man costume, with the red-and-blue color scheme. But instead of light fabric, Peter is protected by a layer of armor and, to add a bit of superheroic flair, the eyes light up with a green-blue glow, as does the Spider-emblem on his chest.
The Infinity War costume looks like it was inspired more by this design than the red-and-gold Iron Spider suit from the comics. The movie costume, which was created by longtime Marvel Studios artist Ryan Meinerding, borrows the armored red-and-blue look from Ross’ design as well as the signature look of the glowing eyes, which light up with a very similar color. Sure, there are soft hints of gold along the Spider-emblem, but that looks more like an Iron Man nod than Iron Spider.
Although Peter eventually ditched this costume and reverted to his original in the comics, this particular armor became a part of the Spider-Man’s long history, and it’s nice to see Marvel dive into the more recent comic books for inspiration. Spider-Man’s costume changes have always been a tad symbolic, and it seems like the tradition, which was also established on the big screen in Homecoming, will continue to live on in Infinity War as Spider-Man gets ready to face Thanos with the rest of the Avengers.
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