Spider-Man’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe provides a sea of whole new possibilities for the character. In addition to seeing whole new storylines centered around Spider-Man in the MCU, we also have a chance to see new Spidey costumes that were lifted straight from the comic books. We already got a couple variations of Spidey’s costumes in Spider-Man: Homecoming. His main costume is, of course, a modern update of the classic costume that we all know and love. Meanwhile, the suit with the hoodie appears to be a homage to Ben Reilly’s classic Scarlet Spider suit. Peter Parker has donned numerous versions of the Spider-Man costume in the comics, so the possibilities are endless.
However, he has also been ill fated to wear a few costumes with horrendous designs. We sincerely hope the most atrocious designs never see the light of day on the big screen, but we still hope that some of the best looking updates to Spidey’s costumes do make their way to the big screen eventually. To break down some of Spider-Man’s alternate costumes, we are going to talk about some of Spidey’s best costumes that we would love to see in cinematic form, as well as some that we really hope never make it.
15. WANT: MILES MORALES
Granted, more than even the suit, we would love to just get a Spider-Man movie starring Miles Morales, who has quickly become a fan favorite ever since the Spidey torch was passed to him in the comics. We are going to get Miles Morales and his costume on the big screen sooner rather than later thanks to the upcoming animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
However, we would much rather see Morales and his suit on the big screen for a live action feature film, preferably hailing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What we love so much about Miles Morales’ Spider-Man suit is that it’s basically a modern update of the classic costume, only this time the blue/red color scheme is inverted and the blue is much darker; nearly black. It’s a perfect balance between homage and reboot.
14. DON’T WANT: ARMORED SPIDER-MAN
This Spider-Man armor, now recognized by Spidey fans collectively as the Spider-Armor MK I, was the first Spidey armor of its time and made its debut in Web of Spider-Man issue #100. This would also be the only time that the armor would make its appearance in a Spider-Man comic book — and with good reason. It’s because the suit looks like an abomination to artistry: ugly shade of gray, ugly bulky texture — just plain ugly.
Not to mention ineffective, since it’s so heavy that Peter would struggle to swing from web to web. Despite the armor making a sole comic book appearance, something about the costume caught on with the media enough that the costume has made appearances in spin-off video games and animated shows. Let’s just hope that it steers clear away from the big screen.
13. WANT: SPIDER-MAN NOIR
For anybody who loves film noir, this rendition of Spider-Man is for you. Spider-Man: Noir is an alternate universe version of Peter Parker where he fights crime in the dark New York alleys of 1933 during the Great Depression. To fit the dark times, he wears a brooding outfit that fits the time period’s stark atmosphere.
While the color throughout the character is all black, enough effort and thought is put into the costume to make it a joy to behold for the eyes.
The goggles, the subtle pattern stitches, the coat… it’s the kind of stuff that feels perfectly indicative of a classic film noir protagonist, but set in a world where superheroes and villains run rampant. It all feels well thought out and, honestly, brilliant.
12. DON’T WANT: SPIDER-MAN 2211
This suit belongs to Max Borne, the Timespinner who is the Spider-Man in the distant future year of 2211. We’re not going to speak on his personality or his merits as a character, but we are going to talk about just how ugly his costume looks. We’re not even sure where to begin with this one — he looks like one of the Battle Borgs from Power Rangers. He even has a goofy looking flying saucer for a helmet.
His chest is bare, but he has the Spider logo slapped onto the chest. The boots and gloves look unnecessarily bulky. Oh, and those four mechanical arms attached to his back are just overkill. Way overkill. The costume looks like trash on the page, and we can expect it to look even worse if it were ever to be adapted to the big screen.
11. WANT: FUTURE FOUNDATION
In wake of the defunct Fantastic Four, Reed Richards comprised a team of the earth’s most brilliant superheroes in order to use their combined knowledge to help humanity. He called the team Future Foundation. As part of Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm’s last will after death, Spider-Man joined the team, and in joining the team, Spidey was given a brand new suit. The suit is simple, yet stylish and made from third generation unstable molecules.
The suit has a slick black and white color scheme that becomes inverted when Spider-Man enables the suit’s stealth mode function.
10. DON’T WANT: SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED
Spider-Man Unlimited was a short lived animated series that ran from 2000 to 2001. It centered around Spider-Man getting himself transported to Counter-Earth, an alternate universe of the earth located on the far side of the sun. To blend in with his new surroundings, Spidey starts donning a new suit, although that was never the intention of the creators.
Spidey only gets a new suit because Saban were not contractually allowed to use the original classic costume. The last minute change looks noticeable too as the final product looks lazy with no detail given to the eyes, and a stringy looking web for a cape. Much like the show itself, the suit is a botch that we hope never gets a big screen revival in our future.
9. WANT: SPIDER-MAN 2099
More often than not, whenever an artist is up to task to give Spider-Man a whole new costume, there isn’t much thought put into it. The new costume usually either looks like a lazily done rendition of the old costume (as if no effort was put into it at all), or it looks like an entirely new mess that hardly resembles Spider-Man at all. That is, thankfully not the case with Spider-Man 2099.
This costume belongs to Miguel O’Hara, a geneticist living in 2099 A.D New York as the new webslinger.
This costume has the color scheme and pattern that calls back to the classic costume, but features enough of a whole new design to look like an entirely new beast. It has just enough alterations to feel brand new, while also paying homage to what came before it.
8. DON’T WANT: CAPTAIN UNIVERSE
Well, this may or may not be considered cheating since this is a little more than a costume — Captain Universe is not Peter Parker. Captain Universe isn’t even necessarily as much of a person as it is a mass of energy. An extra-dimensional Uni-Power, in a sense. This special Uni-Power is able to latch onto, empower, and possess certain hosts.
It usually picks regular human citizens as hosts, but there have been instances where the Uni-Power possessed the likes of Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, and even Spider-Man. In Spider-Man’s body, this is the form in which Captain Universe chose to take. We give the artist designer credit for originality, but there is something about this amalgamation of colors that looks out of place on a Spidey suit.
7. WANT: STEALTH SUIT
If we had to disagree with readers (and vice versa) on any of the suits on this list, it would probably have to be on Spider-Man’s stealth costume that he debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #650. Peter Parker originally molded this suit as a counter attack against The Hobgoblin, or more specifically, his sonic screams.
The suit’s ability to basically turn invisible once light and sound warps around it makes it a useful tool against any supervillain.
This suit looks like it was pulled straight out of a Tron movie. That is actually one of the reasons why this suit gets as much flack as it does, but honestly, we think that’s pretty cool. If a suit looks like it was pulled out of a retro movie, it might be perfect for a Spidey movie.
6. DON’T WANT: DUSK
During the “Identity Crisis” storyline, Spider-Man is wanted by the police for a murder that he did not commit. This would make it difficult for him to commit his daily duties as a superhero. To hide from the cops while still saving lives, Peter Parker took on multiple new superhero identities, switching it up to avoid looking like a suspicious Spidey in disguise. One of these new identities was that of Dusk, who under this guise, Peter can turn invisible.
He had some cool tech abilities, but the suit has the laziest design for any character to ever grace a panel. Dusk is basically a basic human outlet scribbled in black with a sharpie. At least Prodigy, the tackiest looking of Peter’s identities, has some thought put into his design. Dusk is just lazy.
5. WANT: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
The Superior Spider-Man refers to the time in the comics where Dr. Otto Octavius (aka Doc Ock) plants his mind into the body of Peter Parker after he dies. Determined to prove that he is capable of being a better and “superior” superhero than Parker ever could be, Doc Ock takes up the responsibilities as the new Spider-Man. To complete his transformation, he modifies himself his own special costume.
In addition to altering the Spider-logo on his chest and switching out the blue color scheme for a much more dominating black, he also added four spider arms to his back that were identical to the tentacles he had in his old body.
4. DON’T WANT: ENDS OF THE EARTH
The “Ends of the Earth” storyline was set to mark the 50th anniversary of The Amazing Spider-Man hitting shelves and to mark the momentous occasion, Spidey was tasked with his biggest challenge yet. This time, he must battle his six most powerful foes who dub themselves The Sinister Six. To combat all six of his rival’s unique abilities, he starts working on creating some new technology to counter their attacks.
This results in him building the Spider-Armor MK III. While the set-up and build up to the suit is good, the suit itself is not. Overall, it is just another ridiculous looking overly bulky suit for Spider-Man that looks more like it was made to sell toys rather than to actually progress a well told story.
3. WANT: RICOCHET
At one point in the comic books, Spider-Man is accused of murder. Obviously, it is kind of hard to stop crime when the hero is wanted and hunted down by the police like he is a criminal. So, in order to go incognito from the cops whilst also continuing to do his duties as a friendly neighborhood superhero, he took on a plethora of different superhero identities.
He took on multiple personas to throw off anybody who might suspect the guy under the mask was Spider-Man.
Perhaps the best looking of these identities is Ricochet. Ricochet is essentially Spidey’s wise cracking banter attached to a crook for hire. Ricochet actually looks cool enough to lead his own movie as his own character, yet alone a disguise.
2. DON’T WANT: BOMBASTIC BAG MAN
To the costume’s credit, it is supposed to be as terrible as it looks. After all, it only came to be after Peter Parker was left without a Spidey costume as his actual costume needed to be examined by Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards after it gets shrouded by the symbiote venom. In need of a last minute costume, the Human Torch is merciful enough to give Peter an old, spare Fantastic Four suit, a brown paper bag, and just for the heck of it, a sign on Peter’s back that says “Kick me!”
So, yeah, Bombastic Bag Man is intentionally bad because it was strung together at the last minute. That does not make the suit any less ugly and we would rather just see movie time dedicated to the the more intentionally lucrative looking costume.
1. WANT: IRON SPIDER
Ok, this one is kind of cheating. Technically, we did see a variation of this costume on the big screen at the very end of Spider-Man: Homecoming when Tony Stark offered the suit to Peter. But when we say that we would like to see this on the big screen, we would actually like to see Spider-Man wearing the darn thing.
It looks like he’ll be wearing it in Avengers: Infinity War, but we hope that it’s not just teasing us with some cool shots in the trailer.
The Iron Spider suit has more potential than that. In the comics, the suit allows Spidey to grow mechanical spider arms, and detach them to send the arms on recon missions. Features like this would supply the perfect cinematic action vibe.
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