Swinging through the skyscrapers of New York City certainly seems like fun, doesn’t it? Leaping over rooftops, crawling up walls, and stopping bad-guys with a well-placed web, it’s all just another day at the office for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. As exciting and thrilling as his life is, he doesn’t just walk out the door to go fight crime in his street clothes like he’s taking a Sunday stroll. It would kinda put the kibosh on the whole secret-identity deal. Just like all other superheroes, Spidey has a closet full of suits and equipment to take on whatever foe he might need to face. Over the years and through many reinterpretations of the character, Spider-Man has seen loads of different looks varying in color, shape, and design.
The question is, which Spider-Suits are the most superior? Which ones really give Spidey the offensive power, defensive protection, and technological advancement over whatever villain or disaster he might face? It takes a lot of threads to be functional, fashionable, and fantastic, and that’s what we’re talking about today. Spidey certainly has a lot more than his famous red and blue attire. His suits have ranged everything from stealthy, to armored, to bulletproof. Does the situation call for something sleek, something stealthy, something solid, or something with just a pinch of Symbiote? Today, we’re going to fan them out and rank just which suit puts the super in superhero. Join us as we take a journey through Spider-Man’s wardrobe and take a look through his most powerful Spider-Suits.
16. THE SPIDER (MARVEL 1602)
Though it might seem like an impractical, gaudy, and comical take on Spider-Man’s traditional red and blue attire, there is certainly a method to the madness. Marvel 1602 is Neil Gaiman’s renaissance interpretation of the Marvel universe. Characters like Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and even The Guardians of the Galaxy all get the Elizabethan treatment. Although it might appear Spider-Man just rushed out of drama class, there may be a reason behind it.
Spidey’s appearance is clearly inspired by actors from the Globe Theatre. Bright, colorful, and light-weight, costumes like these were often used by actors to allow for a greater range of movement on the stage. Given Spider-Man’s acrobatic style along with the period and setting, seems like a proper for ye olde wall-crawler.
15. HOMEMADE SUIT (SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING)
Props to the costume direction and design team that came up with this home-stitched Spider-Suit. It perfectly captures something a student with a basic income would create to fight crime. Simple but effective, the homemade suit meets the needs a fledgling superhero would have.
Yes, it does look like Spidey went out in his pajamas, but more importantly, the homemade suit captures the innovative mind of Peter Parker. Keep in mind, this was designed by one of the smartest characters in the Marvel canon. Peter needed a superhero suit, but lacking the resources of someone like Tony Stark, he made due with what he had. It might be a bit primitive compared to some of his other costumes, but it does the job and tides him over.
14. CLASSIC SUIT
Here we go, there’s a face we all know and love. What comic book fan doesn’t recognize the icon red and blue attire of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man? This iconic suit has graced the pages of the Daily Bugle for years, and we simply can’t get enough of this traditional superhero look.
Though the suit has changed little since the ’60s, Spider-Man’s original outfit has made countless appearances and inspired nearly every single successor since publication. Nearly every alternative suit takes some inspiration from the original look, whether it be the web print, the eyes, or even the emblem, this suit was the pioneer of Spidey’s design. As they say, a true classic never goes out of style.
13. ULTIMATE SPIDERMAN (MILES MORALES)
Given to Miles Morales by SHIELD, this Spider Suit is a new spin on the old classic. Changing the color scheme from the late Peter Parker’s, Miles Morales dons this suit to become the new Spider-Man in the Ultimate Comics run of the character. Though it’s hard to beat the original, Miles has become quite the fan favorite amongst Spidey-enthusiasts.
The main advantage this suit has over those previously mentioned is the SHIELD-issued web-shooters. The devices are a little more advanced than Peter’s original designs but still perform the same basic functions. The black and red color pallet does offer some certain stealthy elements, but for more of that nature, check out our next pick.
12. STEALTH SUIT
Now we’re getting into some high-tech territory. Spider-Man’s stealth suit is sleek, suave, and silent, giving him the ability to literally disappear. It’s certainly one of the more technologically advanced suits on the list, with its ninja abilities and shadowy motif it could give Batman a run for his money.
Originally created to fight the Hobgoblin’s sonic screams, the suit is constructed of an omni-harmonic mesh composed of unstable molecules. This not only renders the suit silent as the grave but allows it to repair itself if damaged. The molecules also allow for a sort of camouflage ability to hide in plain sight, certainly a must for a stealth suit. This suit is a ninja’s dream come true, all that’s missing is some spider shuriken.
11. ELECTRO-PROOF SUIT
Not the most exciting advancement Peter has given his suit, but certainly one of the smarter choices. Electro can certainly be a powerful foe for Spider-Man to take on. His electric shocks and thunder-strikes can be dangerous and even deadly in the right environment. Thankfully, Spidey’s packing a suit for just the occasion.
Spider-Man’s Electro-Proof suit is exactly that, it’s a rubber padded version of his typical gear but with some alternative style choices. It’s an easy fix to a common problem, but we can’t help but put it on this list for it’s smart yet simplistic concept. Now if only he had a Venom-proof suit as well.
10. NOIR SUIT
No, you didn’t accidentally click a Watchmen article. This trenchcoat-clad vigilante is the Spider-Man of Earth 90214, a gun-toting man with an appetite for justice. With the black leather and the detective motif, looks like Peter’s been taking some lessons from another caped crusader.
The Spider-Man Noir suit is worth mentioning because it takes the design and concept of our favorite wall-crawler and throws everything out the window. Spider-Man wears leather, dark hues, and even packs a pair of pistols instead of his geeky gadgets, talk about a major makeover. A far step away from the character, but we can all certainly appreciate this grittier adaptation.
On a typical day, Spider-Man’s normal attire would not fair to well against a particularly heavy amount of gunfire. After all, he’s not exactly swinging through town in a kevlar vest. And when trigger-happy hellions like the New Enforcers come to play, his standard-issue Spider-Suit just won’t cut it.
Sometimes, you need to bring out the big guns, and that’s where the Spider-Armor comes in. This heavy hitting set of power armor was originally designed by Peter in his days at Empire State. Though it’s made out of a pseudo-metallic compound, it’s still pretty cumbersome to wear. It puts a slow down on his swinging, but it keeps him safe, sound, and bulletproof.
8. ASSASSIN SUIT
Is this Spider-Man, or Jason Todd in a Spider-Man cosplay? Yet another diversion from the true Spidery path, this version of our favorite wall-crawler is a merciless mercenary who works with Wolverine on Earth 8351. Forget the jokes in one-liners, this isn’t our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
With a darker, more intimidating design and web-shooters that fire bullets, this version of Spider-Man is one tough customer. He’s not afraid to do the unthinkable or unmentionable to get the job done, and he’ll pull a trigger to prove it. This is a spider with one deadly bite, and we don’t want to mess with him.
7. FUTURE FOUNDATION
Similar to the Stealth-Suit, the Future Foundation outfit is stunning and sleek. It’s absolutely perfect for those quick and dangerous situations superheroes always seem to slip into. The suit is morphable, adaptable, and of course, fashionably functional. Though white is an odd color choice for our favorite spidery superhero, it’s certainly quite becoming.
It’s not the most dynamically designed, but it certainly packs a few surprises in that tight, fitted fabric. Like the stealth version, this suit is made up of unstable molecules, making it self-repairing and self-stabilizing. The suit also has the ability to change into nearly any appearance, whether it be street clothes or battle armor. The Future Foundation Suit is certainly one of the more adaptable features on our list.
6. FEAR ITSELF
A Spider-Suit worthy of an Asgardian, the suit seen in Fear Itself is certainly one we wish we could see more of. This neon blue battle-suit was bestowed upon Spider-Man to face the forces of Cul Borson/Serpent and the Worthy. Truly a gift from the gods, this magically endowed version of Spidey’s superhero standard is one sweet set of threads.
Forged by the dwarves of Nidavellir, the suit is incredibly durable and blessed with Asgardian magic. The wrists even have gauntlets with a pair of twin blades, giving Spidey a sharper melee edge. Though this suit has not been seen very frequently since, it would still be a fantastic addition to Spider-Man’s wardrobe.
5. SYMBIOTE SUIT
Now we’re in some familiar territory! The Symbiote Suit is a piece of comic book history. It took the friendly and colorful character readers and fans all enjoyed and gave him a dark and mysterious makeover. Though this suit would later spawn one of the most deadly comic book villains of all time, we still can’t deny it’s a good look for Spidey.
The inky black suit gives Spider-Man a major biological upgrade, giving him a boost in strength, agility, and Spidey-Sense. The symbiote feeds on heightened emotions, so the more adrenaline pumping through its host, the stronger it becomes. This suit pushed Spider-Man to the edge, and we absolutely love it.
4. SPIDER-MAN 2099
Now for something completely different. We have taken you to the year 2099 with an all-new world and an all-new Spider-Man. Miguel O’Hara is the titular hero of Spider-Man 2099, and he’s packing more than a pair of web-shooters. This adaptation sees a more sci-fi-based Spider-Man with mutant inspired powers, but that doesn’t mean his suit doesn’t pack a few perks.
The 2099 suit is certainly more intimidating, sporting a skull-shaped spider symbol and toxic spikes. Along with its unstable molecular material, the suit has an air-foil cape that emits a stream of anti-gravity particles. That’s right readers, this spider can glide on air. This suit is easily one of the most powerful on our list, but we’re not done yet.
3. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
In the Superior Spider-Man series, Doc Ock becomes the new Spider-Man after fusing his mind with the body of Peter Parker. We know, it’s complicated but hear us out. Doc Ock, wanting to turn over a new leaf and reform himself, takes up the mantle of Spider-Man with some pretty impressive improvements.
The gloves and boots have retractable talons, the web-shooters are vastly improved, the web fluid is stronger than ever, and the suit comes with a pair of robotic spider-legs. The doc truly outdid himself with this much-deserved upgrade. This suit really is one of the most superior on our list.
2. THE STARK SUIT (SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING)
Audience members lost their ever-loving minds when they saw this new-and-improved Spider-Suit grace the MCU. It pulls all the right moves in terms of design and presentation. From the classic color scheme to the expressive eyes on the mask as seen in the ’60s, this suit is a Spidey fan’s dream come true.
The suit is everything we’d expect from Tony Stark, it has all the gadgets, add-ons, and even an A.I. system akin to Jarvis. It’s new-and-improved, but at the same time any fan can look at it and say “that’s Spider-Man.” It’s an homage to Spidey’s best suits, but it also mixes in some updates as well. Of all the suits we have listed, this one is the best of both worlds.
1. IRON-SPIDER (MCU VERSION)
Though the original Iron-Spider Suit was definitely one of Spider-Man’s best looks, we have to go with his newest look for our top spot. Take every improvement and advancement from the previously mentioned Stark Suit, then pimp that ride into something shiny, smooth, and sharper and you’ve got the MCU’s Iron-Spider. It’s truly a suit worthy of a young Avenger.
The suit has more gadgets than a swiss-army-knife, and it is absolutely astounding. From the armored web-shooters to the Doc-Ock-inspired appendages, this suit has anything and everything Spidey could ever need. From mask to toe, this is truly the ultimate Spider-Suit. Now, if only it could survive a Thanos snap.
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