With the release of Into the Spider-Verse, fans are getting a look at some of the most iconic and bonkers alternate versions of the web-slinger. As we head into the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s exciting to see which storylines and costumes will be adapted for the MCU and what will show up in the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Far From Home. Spidey has had a lot of looks, from the famous black suit already seen on screen, to the suits gifted by Tony Stark, and the alternate timeline versions throughout his comic book history. Some are better than others, and moreover, some fit within the MCU better than others. There’s a lot of potential for fun nods to some of the more wild suits that Peter (and company) have draped themselves in overtime, but there’s also the potential for universe bending silliness that could arise if certain suits were shoe-horned into MCUs existence.
Spider-Man has only had one official MCU title so far and has already gotten to wear his homemade suit, the animated suit from Tony Stark, and the Iron Spider that he takes to space in Infinity War. Part of the fun of the character is the way the suit evolves from homemade to more high tech. His changing suit has always been a source of story and drama from the comic books and through film adaptations. That in mind, some suit-related story is better than others, especially as they fit into the MCU, so we broke down the suits we hope make appearances in the next Spider-Man installment, and others we hope stay off screen.
20 WANT: ORIGINAL STEVE DITKO (AND JACK KIRBY) WEBBED SUIT
When Steve Ditko was tasked with designing Spider-Man for Stan Lee, he turned his sights to the costume, which was meticulously designed with character elements in mind. No heavy hand or footwear (because the spider powers gave him the ability to stick), a covered face (because he was a kid), and webbed armpits.
John Romita Sr. changed the look in 1966, which gave us the more common look for Spidey without the webbed accessories. Though the webs don’t seem to have purpose to the physical abilities of Spidey as ultimately established, it would be amazing to see more nods to the character’s original creator.
19 DON’T WANT: OCTO-SPIDER
Though it was brief, there was a time that Spidey borrowed some accessories from one of his more famous antagonists. In a battle with the infamous Sinister Six, Spidey needed a few extra arms than he was otherwise used to by this point, so he borrowed the apparatus from Doctor Octopus.
We don’t know what villains will be spread among the new MCU Spiderverse, but it seems like Doc Ock won’t come back so quickly after his appearance in the Raimi film, which is likely for the best. We’d prefer newer villains make their appearance, and without him, that costume would make even less sense than it did when it appeared in comics.
18 WANT: 2099
In 1992, Peter David and Rick Leonardi designed a new Spider-Man for the 2099 Marvel Comics run. Miguel O’Hara, a geneticist, is Spidey in this universe, and after trying to replicate Spider-Man’s powers in himself, sets out to find a suit to contain him. He uses an old suit from his Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, made of Unstable Molecule Fabric, which won’t be damaged by the new spider-talons that came with his spider powers.
With time stones and things floating around, seems like we could rip the universe and get a visit from this super suit for a fun Easter egg.
17 DON’T WANT: WRESTLER SUIT
Those familiar with Spidey’s origins, and anyone who has seen the 2002 Sam Raimi film know that, before he was a webslinging hero, Spidey tried his hand at professional wrestling to earn some extra cash, and did so in a poorly made DIY wrestling suit. This more realistic version of a suit a teenager made in his room is perfect for “The Human Spider,” and a fun introduction to what Peter would do after discovering his superhuman spider abilities.
But at this point in the film series, Peter has already tried his own DIY suit, has gotten a newer one, and an Iron Spidey suit from Tony Stark. It wouldn't make sense for this one to appear on screen.
16 WANT: SCARLET SPIDER
In 1994, Ben Reilly, Spider-Man’s clone, showed up to bring more Spidey to an already Spidey-ed city. His costume consisted of a red morph-suit-like body suit and a sleeveless blue hoodie with a tilted logo.
What we love about this costume is how much it seems like what a teen would have made for himself, reminiscent of the wrestling costume Peter originally made when becoming Spider-Man. The style of the sleeveless hoodie fits really well with the 2019 teen swagger and we would love to see Peter don something similar on screen. Also, that slanted logo is cool as hell.
15 DON’T WANT: COSMIC SPIDER-MAN
One of the deeper cuts of all the Spider-Man stories was the time Spidey became known as Captain Universe, a version of himself that has gained the powers through an unsuccessful experiment at Empire State University. This Spidey is able to control matter, allowing him to move his web with his mind and shoot beams from his hands.
This “Cosmic Spider-Man,” does fit into a universe that contains Thor and Dr. Strange, but doesn’t fit in with the version of Peter Parker the MCU has established. Also, the weird design looks like Captain America fan art and might not look as cool in the screen adaptation as it did in the comics.
14 WANT: THE FINAL COSTUME
In a vision of the future, Peter becomes a darker version of himself after making decisions to avenge the passings of Mattie and Kaine, going so far as to end Doctor Octopus.
It’s reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s take wherein Peter utters: “I am Spider-Man no more.” Not able to handle the loss of his loved ones, Peter takes on a darker persona as an anti-hero with this new costume, but his arc ends when he loses his life after he goes up against the NYPD. We don’t want to lose Spidey (again?) on screen, but, to be honest, we just want to see that dope jacket.
13 DON’T WANT: SPIDER-MAN NOIR
Right in the meaty part of the Great Depression, in 1993, in an alternate reality, Peter Parker, while investigating a ring of spider statue smugglers, is bitten by an illegally imported spider. But, as one does in the Great Depression, he survives the wound while gaining some spider powers, much like in the famous original story we know and love.
The story follows some interesting adaptations of the famous character, though, like Aunt May having socialist routes, but wouldn’t be so grounded in the MCU. Although space and time has the potential to be shredded in the MCU, we imagine Far From Home won’t venture too far into an all-black depression suit complete with a revolver.
12 WANT: BULLETPROOF SPIDER-MAN
A version of the Spider-Armor MK II is the Horizon Labs masterpiece: the Bulletproof suit. After the loss of his Spidey Sense, Peter Parker fashions a suit at Horizon Labs to compensate for the loss, which is the MK II. It comes complete with magnetic webbing to grasp villain’s weapons, can block out enemy radio frequencies, and is, well, bulletproof. The suit can even withstand a grenade from a launcher without hurting Peter inside.
Since the films aren’t likely to adapt these deeper storylines, we are here for the aesthetics, and the black and gold costume would look striking if adapted for the screen.
11 DON’T WANT: SIX-ARMED SUIT
In 1971, at the time of The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #100, Peter, tired of being Spider-Man, concocts a plan to rid himself of his super powers. Dealing with his best friend, Harry, turning to different substances, and his girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, blaming him for her father’s demise, Peter grows to believe that he must eliminate the spider powers within him in order to save his life as Peter.
He wrangles together a cocktail hoping to rid himself of his powers, but ends up becoming more spider and less man, growing some extra arms. He adjusts his costume after being bare-armed for some time, and it looks absolutely ridiculous. This story line can stay in the 70s.
10 WANT: BIG TIME SPIDER-MAN
In his job at Horizon Labs, Peter makes himself a new and excellent costume: the Stealth. This suit is modified to make him invisible to certain things. What do we love about this one? The look of Tron. The Infinity War’s adaptation of the Iron Spider suit gave an incredible on-screen look of the comic book suit, playing up the metallic details, and we can only imagine what the film could do for this well-lit suit as well.
2010s Tron: Legacy gave a really incredible look of glowing, tight suits on screen, and we would like to see what Marvel and Disney could do with that look in 2019.
9 DON’T WANT: SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED
In Spider-Man Unlimited, the TV show based off of a brief comic book run from 1999, Spidey dons a new version of his famous suit. When John Jameson sets off towards a second Earth, the Counter-Earth, on the other side of the sun, Spider-Man has to stop Venom and Carnage from following along aboard the spaceship. His plan doesn’t look so good, and he is made a pariah by the J. Jonah media machine. To avoid the bounty placed on his head, Spidey steals nano-technology from Mr. Fantastic that creates this new suit.
It’s loaded with some advanced technology, including a stealth mode and anti-symbiote weapons, but it has a webbed cape; and like a wise woman once said, “NO CAPES!”
8 WANT: FUTURE FOUNDATION
Another gem of the unstable molecules foundations is the suit Spider-Man wore as a member of the Future Foundation. After the loss of Johnny Storm, the Future Foundation was formed. The costume donned by the members were all black and white, and it gave us this iteration of the Spidey suit.
The suit can change to stealth mode and turn black, and it still maintains the monochromatic scheme. It’s special because it is reminiscent of the symbiote suit, which can change at the wearer’s will. It’s also reminiscent of the Spider-Gwen color scheme and a nod to this suit would look beautiful on screen.
7 DON’T WANT: CYBORG
After a mind-bending battle with the Sinister Six, Spider-Man is incredibly injured. So, Cyborg X takes him to a scientist named Oscar McDonnell who saves him by turning him into a cybernetic organism, more commonly known as a cyborg. “We can rebuild him. We have the technology.”
Spidey probably needs some rebuilding coming out of the ashes, so to speak, but the cyborg treatment is not the way we want to see Far From Home go. The chrome robot arm is kind of Bucky’s brand, and we don’t need Pete stepping all over it, no matter how cute the banter about it would be.
6 WANT: SPIDER-ARMOR MARK III
Peter got a lot of work done at Horizon Labs and made almost as many high-tech suits as Tony Stark, with one of the better ones being the Spider-Armor Mark III. The suit is one part Deathstroke and three parts Iron Man. The suit comes with a comm-link (so he can communicate with the Avengers), a cyber-control helmet, and jets that give him flight.
Since the relationship of Tony to Spidey is so integral to the MCU version of Spider-Man, and he’s already been gifted an iteration of the Iron Spider suit, we could see a suit like this making complete sense in the universe.
5 DON’T WANT: BLACK SYMBIOTE SUIT
Black Spider-Man is a fan favorite because it lends to so much story and ultimately leads to the creation of one of the greatest all-time villains: Venom. The black symbiote suit results when an alien substance lands on Earth and latches onto Peter who discovers he can transform into a black version of his suit at will. Peter, realizing the suit was latching onto him, tried removing it and went to war with the symbiotes, which ultimately resulted in Venom, who latched onto Eddie Brock.
We’re not saying we don’t want to see this legendary story play out, but Venom is still in the hands of Sony and is living in his own film universe, so an MCU appearance would be unresolved and redundant.
4 WANT: SECRET WAR
The Secret War was probably not Nick Fury’s finest hour. He dragged some of our favorite heroes into an unsanctioned war that they don’t even remember. Since then, the aftermath has lead to an issue or two for the exploited heroes.
Fury’s actions, in comics and in the MCU, have always danced along ethical lines, though his view has always been towards the common good. Members of the Avengers have danced back and forth with their agreement of his string-pulling, and this could be a compelling addition to that tension. But, even without delving into the Secret Wars story line, the black and blue suit would look great on screen.
3 DON’T WANT: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
In 2013, installments of Spider-Man comics included a storyline of a reformed Dr. Otto Octavius (more formally known as Doctor Octopus) switching bodies with Peter Parker and becoming the Superior Spider-Man. Determined to be a better person, Otto steps into the role of the masked hero, hoping to make up for his previously villainous ways, though he’s trapped Peter’s mind in his own weakening body.
The costume looks great, having the extra metal legs and a dark metallic feel, but the MCU doesn’t have a place for Doc Ock, and the Iron Spidey suit that appeared in Avengers: Infinity War already filled any gap of wanting metallic extra legs, so Far From Home can probably skip this look.
2 WANT: SPIDER-PHOENIX
After the events of the Infinity War, Spider-Man’s existence is in question, and we can only assume he will be resurrected in time for Far From Home. That’s right, people, we can expect Spidey to rise from the ashes like a Phoenix. So, playing on this assumption, it would be on point to see the Spider-Phoenix costume on screen.
The costume differs from the classic only slightly, most noticeably by having a yellow spider logo. Considering what we can expect to happen with the character and his resurrection, this would be a welcoming nod to a costume and a known joke about the lore of the Phoenix.
1 DON’T WANT: BOMBASTIC BAG MAN
After losing his ability to mentally transform into the black suited Spider-Man when Reed Richards removed the symbiote, Peter was left without a costume. He couldn’t websling in any old thing, so he borrowed a couple of items from the Fantastic Four, grabbing a spare costume and a paper bag to protect his identity. Not finished just yet, Spidey hit the streets without shoes and donned a “kick me” sign slapped on by Johnny Storm.
Spidey will do anything to get to fighting crime, but this is probably more than we need to see him do on screen. Though some references to this wardrobe malfunction would be a good laugh, we can probably spare this teen’s ill-treatment by way of post-it back signs.