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Thoughts on Spider-Man’s New Costume

January 4, 2021 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Amazing Spider-Man

It’s been a while and people love to mess with the classics so it’s no surprise that Marvel has unveiled a new costume for Spider-Man. Take a look for yourself…

The new costume, designed by Dustin Weaver, is certainly different with its base colors of blue and white with grey and electric orange highlights.  The orange goggle eyes will sure to be a talking point among fans as well. 

Spidey will be putting on the new duds in March, when Amazing Spider-Man #61 and #62 which has him against the Kingpin.

“This design was really a collaborative effort between Nick Spencer, Editor Nick Lowe, and I,” Weaver says in Marvel’s announcement.
“They reined in the weirder and more techy features I was bringing and helped create something that I think is simple and both futuristic and classical,” Weaver continues. “I can’t wait to see Patrick Gleason really bring it to life!”

Spider-Man getting a new suit is nothing…new. Besides the traditional Red and Blue he’s had a number of suit switches over the years with ones like the Black Symbiote, Captain Universe, Iron Spider Armor and Spider Armor MK I being just a few examples. Usually he’ll get an upgrade and go back to the tried and true. 

While I think this one won’t have many fans, it’s interesting to note that that Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko once said in an interview, “One of the first things I did was to work up a costume. A vital, visual part of the character. I had to know how he looked…before I did any breakdowns. For example: A clinging power so he wouldn’t have hard shoes or boots, a hidden wrist-shooter versus a web gun and holster, etc….I wasn’t sure Stan would like the idea of covering the character’s face but I did it because it hid an obviously boyish face. It would also add mystery to the character…” Oh and Spider-Man’s costume was was originally supposed to be orange and purple. It was the ’60s after all.

Where this one will land is anyone’s guess. Like death, costume changes in comics get some attention but when you have keep the cinematic universe in mind when designing and redesigning, I can’t see this one hanging around for too long. Thoughts?