‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Alternate Costumes Reveal What Might Have Been

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 13th, 2014 at 11:28 am,

Spider Man spin offs ‘Amazing Spider Man’ Alternate Costumes Reveal What Might Have Been

In any comic book movie, one of the key decisions the filmmaker must make is how best to translate a superhero’s costume to the big screen. Not only must style and authenticity be considered, but practicality also becomes a huge factor. When it works (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight trilogy), it feels just right. When it doesn’t (Batman & Robin, Green Lantern) it’s an unwanted distraction.

There are few more iconic superhero costumes than the red and blue of Spider-Man. Of the live-action iterations there have been so far, Tobey Maguire’s costume is Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is the most beloved, although Andrew Garfield’s homemade superhero attire was quite similar (if a little brighter) to Maguire’s in The Amazing Spider-Man.

We now know that the eventual suit used was not the only one considered for Marc Webb’s franchise opener. Designs for alternate Spidey suits have emerged online before – and now some new images have been revealed, courtesy of Filmpaint. You can click the images below to view them in their full-sized glory:

One thing that all these designs have in common is a very futuristic sci-fi feel to them, which brings the Spider-Man 2099 costume to mind. It might have been interesting to see one of these on screen, purely because they are far different to anything we have seen before, but it would have felt terribly out of place in Webb’s grounded universe.

Additionally, all three designs make small changes to the eyepieces and the iconic Spider emblem. The first design is the closest (and arguably the coolest) to the final design of the three. With that said, the webbing under the armpits is a nice homage to the comics that would have served little purpose in a live action film, which is perhaps why it didn’t make the cut.

In the end, the decision to stay truer to the classic look paid off. Webb has promised a slightly redesigned suit for the sequel, which will likely push it even further towards the original, and that can only be a good thing.

What do you think of the alternate designs? Are you pro armpit-webbing or anti armpit-webbing? Let us know in the comments below.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2, 2014. Check back here to see the first trailer on December 5.

Source: Filmpaint

Featured Image by Eddie Yang of Alliance Studios

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  1. the two on the right are excellent

    • these are all very intricately made,it’s hard to decide which one is the alpha.

  2. I like the two on the left.

    Are the two on the right identical? They look the same and have the same link URL.

  3. Wow… that strange moment when you’d wish they’d went for it.

  4. The bottom left is amazing, really like that suit.

    • Indeed.

  5. i liked the one in the movie a lot but that first one is siiick.

  6. the first one is super dope

    • So I take it we’re pro armpit-webbing then?

  7. The first one was sick. I wish they do the armpit webbing

  8. I’m torn. On the one hand, most of these are really over-designed. Too many details, too much mixing of the red and blue, trying to do too much at once, and probably would have looked weird onscreen.
    On the other hand, I think the costume they went with doesn’t take enough chances. They just took the Sam Raimi costume, change the eyes, and called it a day, by the looks of things. It felt sorta like a cop-out, or moving backwards rather than forwards in terms of aesthetics.
    So….yeah, somewhere in between these designs and what we got would have been nice

  9. i like the bottom left the eyes on the mask looks dope, add the webbing to that one BAM!

  10. I think they’re all ugly. I liked the suit from TASM1, that one was sick.

  11. costume 2 and 4 are the best. I want to see webs under his arm pits. classic spidey style!

  12. Really glad they didn’t jump the shark and steal the 2099 look. That would have made the eventual SM2099 movie feel redundant (and probably why they went with the classic look)

  13. what the HELL am I doing to garner comment moderation? (2nd time in two postings today)

    You SR people really need to reassess your word filter because I am not spam or posting inflammatory/defamatory comments!

  14. and………even that comment was flagged. So I’m now three for three! ><

  15. Spidey fans, what’s your favorite suit from the comics? Mine is the pre-Venom black suit, but I also really like the Future Foundation suit.


  16. None of these look like a highshcooler could put them together really quickly and in secret.

  17. I like the two on the left…

    They look a lot alike. I like movies about talking spiders, like James and the Giant Peach. That movie is like a childhood favorite of mine. Like for real.

    • I wish Screen rant had two things… An edit button, and a LIKE button.

      I would edit it so it says that I like the two on the right, then I would LIKE it, because I agreed with it.

      BTW, like me on facebook and follow me on Twitter, I am super likable. I might even surprise you someday with, like, a new word. Don’t you like surprises?

      Sur-pris-es… THREE SYLLABLES!!! My brain is like, working… or something like that.


      • Screen-rant can’t do anything much about it. This blog is powered by WordPress. Google it if you haven’t heard the name.

      • We have been asking for an edit button for quite some time and Vic’s reply has been…..its on the “to do” list.

  18. I like the two on the right…

    They look a lot alike. I like movies about talking spiders, like James and the Giant Peach. That movie is like a childhood favorite of mine. Like for real.

  19. While the bottom left is the coolest one to me, I’m glad they chose the one they did. I really like the originals and the “literal-practical” translation onto film. I think of it less as unoriginality and more like classical.

    When they change things too much that’s when we get so upset about them doing just that – changing things too much.

    That said, I would definitely like to see more radical versions of these things if they did a Spiderman: Edge of Time. Which would be AWESOME.

  20. Looks Spectacular!

  21. the ones on the right would be perfect for Scarlet Spider

  22. Steve Ditko would be rolling in his grave if he ever saw those horrible redesigns. They all look like something from the Clone-Saga, (cough) Spider-Cyde (cough)

  23. I personally prefer the more classic look, but I have a lot of respect for michael wilkinson so will kook forward to seeing his work