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Spider-Man's Costume Through The Years

The release of 'The Amazing Spider-Man got us thinking about the different Spidey costumes we've seen over the years, which one was your favorite?

The release of The Amazing Spider-Man got us thinking about the different Spidey costumes we've seen over the years. Spider-Man's costume is one that has undergone a whole lot of changes over the years. From various appearances in comic books, to his appearances on television and film. And just like Spidey's appearances have been different, so have his costumes undergone changes. The interesting thing about Spider-Man's costume, however, is that no matter how many changes are made to the costume's design, it has managed to always maintain its iconic appearance. Never once have we looked at a version of a Spider-Man costume and thought that it was someone else's costume.

The most recent appearance of Spider-Man on film will be in The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. A high resolution photograph of the costume shows that the texture does not appear smooth; in fact, it looks to be almost scaly. Maybe the costume designer wanted to go with a "Lizard" theme for the film. We kid.

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Regardless, this costume is extremely different compared to the Spider-Man costume in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movie, worn by actor Tobey Maguire. Garfield's Spider-Man features a very thin spider logo as a chest piece. The arms of the spider extend, and appear to blend in with the seams of the costume itself. The color of the costume is primarily blue, and the trim is red. The red at the center of the costume makes Garfield appear slimmer than he actually is, and basically elongates his body in general. The red gloves come up to his elbow. His feet are covered in what appear to be red boots; and the feet of the costume even look as if they have traction at the bottom. This is sort of an interesting choice considering Spider-Man can already walk on walls, so why would he need traction beneath his heels and feet? The most notable change, however, has to be the decision to incorporate mechanical web shooters at his wrists, just like we see in the comics.

Probably the biggest distinction between the latest Spider-Man movie costume and the costume we saw in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies are the web shooters. In Raimi's film, the web shooters were not mechanical, they were organic, and therefore they became something that Peter had to learn to get control of during the film. The Raimi Spider-Man costume also looked more like webbing and less scaly than the costume we see in the latest film. The logo at the center of Spidey's chest is also bigger, wider, and stands out more than it does in the latest movie costume. The back of the costume also features a very large, red spider logo.

The movies weren't the only place where we saw "organic webbing." During Spider-Man: The Other, Spider-Man was bestowed the power to shoot organic webs from his wrists -- just like what we saw on the big screen. This power, however, seemed to have disappeared (along with some other important Spidey events) following BRAND NEW DAY. But we don't have to get into that.

When Peter Parker's clone, Ben Reilly, wore the Scarlet Spider costume, he also had the ability to shoot impact webbing; and in a fight with Venom, the impact webbing is what saved him. While not exactly 'Spider-Man' just yet, Ben wore a completely red costume and a loose blue sweatshirt over his outfit. So 90's.

When Peter retired briefly, Ben created a slightly altered Spider-Man costume as well.

The most recent change to Spider-Man's costume in comics has to be the introduction of Miles Morales. If you're a fan of the Ultimates universe then chances are you're already very well acquainted with Morales' character and costume. Unlike Peter Parker in the 616 universe, the Ultimate universe Spider-Man dons a black and red costume. Like Parker, Morales also has mechanical web shooters that were given to him by his uncle. Morales doesn't just have a different costume, though, he's also got a lot of different powers, too. You can see them on full display in the recently released SPIDER-MEN mini series; a cross over where Miles meets Peter Parker.

Probably the greatest representation of just how many different costumes Spider-Man has had can be seen in the 2010 video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions by Activision. The game featured four different universes and accompanying costume designs. Each different universe featured in the gameplay had a completely different feel, the "Noir" universe felt darker, and had more realistic graphics whereas the Ultimate and Amazing universes were bright, colorful -- very similar to the way we see the character in the comics. Yet, those weren't the only versions of Spidey's costumes we got to see. The game also featured a lot of unlock able and downloadable content including the Manga Spider-Man costume, inspired by Japanese art. The game's designers also looked to the comics when making the game, and as a result each Spider-Man costume hoists a different power.

These are only some of the more recent costumes that Spidey has donned over the years, as well as a variety of different gadgets. During the Big Time with Peter working at Horizon Labs, he's developed quite a few more costumes.

In your opinion, which is the most iconic Spider-Man costume? Which costume or incarnation is your favorite?

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Posted by ssejllenrad

My fave costumes are the Black Symbiote, Noir, 2099, and Iron Spider...

Posted by aouric

I love the original costume but for some reason I have a spot in my whuddle heart for the Ben Reilly's costume.

Edited by OmarPaine

i like noir

Posted by Bedanzilla

I liked this one

Posted by electric589

Does anyone remember this costume being in the comics? I have a half memory of it maybe being Peter Parker's costume just after he returned to being Spider-Man after Ben Reilly. (Can't get the image to post on the eye-phone. Also, the hydro-attack guff wasn't in the comics.) N

Posted by Namor1987

They all sucked I hate the man behind the mask. I did enjoy the Future Foundation, 2099, Ben Reilly & Iron Spider costumes. Only 1s worth talking about. Those were epic. I would say Kaine's new costume but technically he's yet to wear it so yeah.

Edited by Fantasgasmic
I like these ones… except for Spider-Ham.
Posted by The Lobster
I'm a big fan of the Miles Morales' spider suit. I even have a shirt that's the same pattern.
Posted by JamDamage

My favorite is the Black one.

Posted by Migz13
Edited by druzod2501
@mattwing87 said:

@GokaiFire said:

Must have missed the issue where Miles has webshooters.

No he doesn't have web shooters yet. How would his Uncle give him webshooters when we don't know what happened to the Ultimate Peter's webshooters? Maybe Miles will inherit Ultimate Peter's webshooters or 616 Peter will teach Miles how to make webshooters and webbing before he goes back to his universe.

I wouldn't mind Miles inheriting Peter's webshooters, though I'm always partial to organic webbing. I still have hope they'll find a way to give them to him
The most iconic Spider-Man is obviously the classic, but my #1 favorite will always be Ben Reilly's Spiderman, he was Spider-Man when I first learned who Spider-Man was
Posted by SimonM7

I take offense with the derogatory "so 90s" line dotted over this site and the podcast. Ben's Scarlet Spider costume was awesome, Spider-Man 2099's costume was awesome, and the 90s were awesome, dammit! I was 15 and everything!

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

I liked the new costume in Amazing Spider-Man, but I didn't care for the seemingly random design changes, like the fingerless gloves leaving his fingers glue, or the big bite out of the red on his back so the spider symbol wouldn't cut into the red, or the skinny line down his arms from his shoulders, or the no red belt area. I get they wanted it to look different, but why so different that it doesn't even look like the comic?

But during the movie you don't really notice, except when he has his back to us and stands there, which happened a lot.

Posted by Say_DaySawn

I think the most iconic is the all black symbiote costume, but my favorite costume is the 2099 costume worn by Miguel O'Harra.

Posted by Joeybagad0nutz

Spider-man gained organic webbing back during the Avengers Disassemble time. He already had organic webbing by the time The Other.

Posted by blazersports
Edited by slimlim

House of M Spidey. An often forgotten costume, but still one of my favorites where the "spider logos" are incorporated into the red sections of the costume design.

Posted by kennybaese

I really dig the new Ultimate suit. It's really similar to the original concepts for the Raimi Spider-Man suit.

Something I've always liked more about the movie suits than the standard comic suit is that the front and back Spider emblems are the same. It never made sense to me that they didn't match in the comics.

Posted by Vincie_Pooh
I was in to comics in the 90s and I loved the story lines back then. some people dislike some like it. I really loved Scarlet Spider
Posted by Vincie_Pooh

@TheCrowbar: Agreed =)

Posted by the3rdborn

love the original red and blue just cant beat it

Posted by BATMAN9797

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Posted by Om1kron

@snowtires said:

haha holy crap I have this issue in a box at my moms house.

Posted by SoA
Avengers Alliance Alternate Costume
Amazing Scarlet Spider Profile
Posted by darth_fletcher

@Vincie_Pooh said:

Posted by CounterShock

Not as comprehensive as I would've liked. Also Sara seems like an odd choice for this article, given how she isn't the biggest Spider-Man fan.

Posted by feebadger

@CounterShock said:

Not as comprehensive as I would've liked. Also Sara seems like an odd choice for this article, given how she isn't the biggest Spider-Man fan.

Got to agree with this one. I expected more from the article.

Posted by Jaraka

The classic is the best for sure.

Posted by htb106

My favourites are the Spiderman 2099 and the Miles Morales costumes.

Posted by Ganthetsward20

Always liked the one given to peter by Stark. Its called the Iron Spider I believe?

Posted by Cavemold

Toss up of miles and kaines design

Posted by CrashLanden


Um, Eboria read my post correctly. You sir, did not. But at least we agree on the costume.

Posted by CrashLanden

@Eboria: Yes, thanks Eboria. It would have been cool if Romita and Byrne HAD teamed up to draw Spider-Man. Of course, Byrne would have been 11 or 12, though, so I don't know how good the end result would have been.

Crap, now someone's going to think that I think Romita's a writer... I can't win.

Posted by leokearon

The Black Costume

Posted by VioletPhoenix

oh spider-man you fashionista you

Posted by TheMadMonkey

@Remi: The Amazing Bagmen forever!!!

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

It may not be the most iconic look, but for me its my all time favorite. As far as most iconic...ain't no school like the old school.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Overall I liked the black (became Venom) costume best. Also, I thought Sam Rami was right to get rid of the web shooters and make them organic instead. It makes more sense that way.

Posted by LordRequiem

I'm rather fond of the Iron Spider Costume and Miguel O'Hara's Spider-Man 2099. The Black symbiote costume can never go a miss either, Kaine's new Scarlet Spider looks awesome. There's just soooo many great ones.

@RedheadedAtrocitus: Just another of the countless reasons why Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is simply the best Spidey game ever!!!!

Posted by Cage_2913_69

When you talk about Andrew Garfield's costume your just criticizing it. Your praising Sam Raimi's. I'm so sick of all these haters

Posted by fluffypigeons

o yeah the old Japanese spiderman

Posted by Crackdown

@GokaiFire said:

Must have missed the issue where Miles has webshooters.

You didn't, and his uncle won't be giving him anything anytime soon

Miles is webshooterless

Posted by OldGuy

@CrashLanden: Yep. My brain needed an "as" in there... but, oh well. :-)

I'm also even picky about my own choice - I like the earliest, skinny Spider-Man, since I think the red and blues look best that way...

Posted by Scarlet_Rogue

Miles has no webshooters. :(

Posted by Darkus_99

Spider Man Unlimited!!

Posted by Dakens son

@HombreArana said:

Original black suit is definitely my all time favourite.

I second that!

Posted by Anubisx2007

Lets not forget about FF Spiderman

Posted by TheGoldenOne
@InnerVenom123 said:

You make an article like this and don't put a huge bunch of images of his costumes over the years?


Posted by uggiboogie

I hate the new 'Amazing Spider-man' totally makes Garfield look naked somehow when he is webswinging..could it be because of the missing red belt? :/

I still love Ben Reilly's Spider-Man-Costume the most of them all and i think Peter should wear it to honor his 'dead brother'..