Spider-Man's costume is one of the most iconic superhero outfit ever created, yet while the main components of Spider-Man's classic red-and-blue costume have always remained the same, some parts come and go with different creative teams. The best example of this changing costume element are Spidey's web wings, or web-pits as he used to call them.
Most in-comic nods refer to the design as retro or old-fashioned, but Spidey fans were treated to a large dose of nostalgia when Marvel Studios revealed its take on the classic web wings. Now, we're taking a look back at the history of Spider-Man's web wings, how Spider-Man: Homecoming reimagined them, and h0w Spider-Man: Far From Home renvisioned them yet again.
HISTORY OF THE WEB WINGS
Steve Ditko's original design for Spider-Man's costume that first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 included webbing stretched underneath each arm, and while they usually appeared on the costume, various panels show the costume without the web wings as well. The inconsistent inclusion of the web wings in the comic moved to the covers, and eventually, the web wings disappeared from the costume altogether. It wasn't until Amazing Spider-Man #231 that Peter Parker referenced the loss of his web-pits while making a pair of new costumes, revealing they had worn away due to poor materials. While he added new flew-nylon web wings in that issue, they would remain an inconsistent addition to his costume for a few years before again disappearing.
The web wings would see a resurgence of sorts with the release of Spider-Man 2099, which was part of a line of comics that reimagined versions of popular characters in a possible future of the Marvel Universe. Miguel O'Hara was the Spider-Man of 2099, and he wore a very unique costume that adapted the look of his web wings with a web-like cape. The cape hung off Spidey 2099's shoulders and was made of a Light Byte material that allowed the character to glide around his futuristic skyline. This is a feature of the web wings that we will see again on the big screen, though not until the character debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Even though Tom Holland's Spider-Man made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, our first look at Homecoming's take on the web wings was seen during a trailer for his solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spider-Man's suit in both films was actually made by Tony Stark, so featured a few advancements that teenage Peter Parker might not have been able to include in his own suit yet. While Pete's homemade MCU costume didn't feature any kind of web wings, they appeared dramatically when Spidey has to jump over a helicopter on the Washington Monument to save his friends.
They spread from under his elbows to just under his hip on each arm, almost mirroring the look of the comic book version. However, as the MCU suit was built by Tony Stark, the web wings appear to be military-grade technology, as seen on specialized HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) wingsuits. Spidey's web wings are able to retract into the suit when not in use, which was apparently controlled by the suit's artificial intelligence, which Peter named Karen.
FAR FROM HOME
The web wings didn't factor much again into Homecoming after Peter lost the suit, and then gained yet another new armored Iron Spider suit in Avengers: Infinity War that wouldn't have had much use for the web wings. Following the events of Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Peter spends much of Spider-Man: Far From Home in either his Iron Spider suit or his new S.H.I.E.L.D. created stealth/Night Monkey costume. The Night Monkey costume didn't have as many features as his regular Stark-designed suit, and the web wings were likely a casualty of the new suit's design.
However, Peter redesigned his suit using Stark tech and updated every aspect of his costume, including the web wings. Not only was the design thinner than the previous version, the web wings extended further down the leg and arm. Another web stabilizer section extends between the legs for better control, further adding to the practicality of his new design. Now that Spidey will return for a third film in the MCU, we can potentially expect another new costume with yet another upgrade to Spidey's high tech web wings.