The Evolution of Spider-Man’s Movie Suits
Last year, Tom Holland revealed the newest Spidey suit during a surprise visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! This ensemble marks the fourth suit that Holland’s Spider-Man has worn since his debut in Captain America: Civil War. As we are currently on the third Spider-Man movie series, the collection of spandex red and blue costumes has gotten quite extensive since the first feature debuted in 2002. To celebrate the latest addition to Spidey’s closet, here is a chronological look at all the different suits that Peter Parker has donned in the movies over the years saving New York City and beyond.
Spider-Man 1, 2, & 3
The first Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker showed us the process by which the suit was made. In this iteration, Parker wasn’t friends with Tony Stark nor was he a scientist himself, so the ensemble was simply fashioned out of a stretchable red fabric (which was easy to tell because it ripped in almost every movie). The web slingers were not extra components to the suit, as his came naturally out of his wrists, so one can assume that Parker added small openings for the webbing to shoot out of. Despite a lack of outside help or high-tech extras, this costume provided Parker (and audiences around the world) with a good foundation for what live-action Spider-Man could look like.
In Spider-Man 3, Parker—and his trusty red suit—came into contact with the alien symbiote that would eventually go on to turn Eddie Brock into Venom. Instead of transforming Parker into a monstrous, drooling being, it turned his suit to a sleek shade of black and also brought out some nasty personality traits (as well as some very embarrassing dance moves) when Parker wore it for extended time periods. The comicbook depictions varied slightly from the film version, but at least it still looked pretty cool, even if the dance moves didn’t…
The Amazing Spider-Man
This iteration of Parker, played by Andrew Garfield, has him as an aspiring scientist, so apart from the initial red spandex suit, he had mechanically created wrist attachments which shot out webbing. Aside from this, the second Spider-Man series’ suit is known for having less prominent webbing design on the body and a smaller spider chest emblem than the previous outfit. The wear and tear that the ensemble eventually sustains also reflects the homemade aspect of the suit. That’s some good tailoring, Peter!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man’s suit underwent a few alterations for Andrew Garfield’s second round portraying Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While the main colors remained red and blue, the stripe near Parker’s waistline returned and the eyes, which appeared larger than ever before seen onscreen, reverted to white. To many fans, this ensemble came closest to the classic Spidey suit they knew and loved from the comics.
Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming
These films mark the third emergence of Peter Parker and also feature the winning team-up of Spider-Man and Iron Man. Starting with his appearance in Civil War, Parker has been lucky to have the high-tech touch of Tony Stark’s technologies in his suit. From adjustable eye slits to high-speed wrist web-shooters to a digital interactive assistant in his mask like Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S., this Spider-Man has the recipe for success—and that’s even before the “training wheels protocol” was taken off in Homecoming. Aesthetically, the Stark-made ensemble further suppresses the webbing design and makes the eye slits smaller than we’ve ever seen them before.
Peter Parker didn’t have a chance to learn too much about his Iron Spider suit in Avengers: Infinity War, because it was sort of just sprung upon him in a quick move to save his life as he descended down to earth after losing breath from high altitudes. Infinity War did, however, show us just how well the outfit fares in action as Parker teamed up with Tony Stark, Dr. Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy to almost defeat Thanos. The most noticeable additions that we saw from the Iron Spider suit (barring any knowledge of the costume from the comicbooks) was the extra spider-like arms that can be used, the metallic look (presumably because it is made with the same titanium alloy that the Iron Man suits are fabricated with), the gold accents, and the backlit eye slits. Unfortunately, the ensemble is not Infinity Gauntlet snap-proof, so it turned to dust with its wearer. Hopefully if/when Parker makes a miraculous return, so will the outfit.
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Not much is known yet about the newest addition to Peter Parker’s closet. Besides the fact that the color scheme omits any blue, leaving the suit only red and black, it looks very similar to the Civil War and Homecoming suit. Whatever the reason is for this new getup will likely be explained when Far from Home debuts this summer. In the meantime, it has been referred to as the “stealth suit,” but any official relation to that outfit has yet to be confirmed.
Honorable Mentions: The Pre-Suit Suits
Whether it be a beanie and shades, some goggles, or a red long-sleeved shirt, it’s always funny to see the first attempts at a super suit that each of the three Peter Parkers donned before they got it right with the iconic Spandex combo. You have to appreciate the character growth from these first outfits to the next ones. These beginner suits may not be the sleekest looking ensembles, but they get the job done to protect Parker’s identity and that’s the most important thing after all, right?