Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Peter Parker get a new Spidey suit – one that comes with its faire share of bells and whistles. Homecoming was something of a coup for Marvel Studios, after the studio successfully negotiated with Sony to allow the Spider-Man character to become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (starting with Captain America: Civil War last year). Sony didn’t lose out either, as the studio now has the same team behind the highly-lucrative MCU working on one of their prize pony franchises.
One of the major changes that Marvel Studios has been able to bring to the Peter Parker character (now played by Tom Holland) is the idea that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the person who built Spider-Man’s suit in Civil War – a major upgrade from Peter’s homemade suit, before then. In Homecoming, Parker gets another upgraded suit that comes equipped with a bunch of special features, designed and crafted by Stark.
- Droney – Like most superheroes, Spider-Man features his symbol on his chest. However, this time around it now detaches and operates as a drone in a similar way Falcon’s Redwing did in Civil War.
- GPS Tracking – In the comics, Spidey has had a tracking system. Considering almost everyone has GPS on their phones these days, the function feels a bit underwhelming. In Homecoming it has been upgraded to use a holographic display that can be projected from his wrist.
- Web Shooter Upgrades – Spider-Man’s web shooters now have a variety of settings. This is another classic elements seen from the comics, where Ol’ Webhead has been able to manipulate how he uses his webbing. These upgrades include the explosive web snare (seen in the Homecoming trailers) to trap targets.
- Web Wings – Depending on the artist, Spider-Man has sometimes been drawn with or without triangular webbing under his arms that attached to his torso. In Homecoming, they make their premiere with a new function that will allow him to glide through the air like a flying squirrel.
- Spider Vision – When your character’s face is completely hidden under a mask, it’s hard to have the character emote through expression. The comics get away with it by changing the expression of Spider-Man’s eyes, which is very difficult to duplicate in live-action. Civil War introduced Spidey’s suit with expressive mechanical eyes but they also serve a practical purpose. When Spidey changes into different spider modes, his eyes will change displays that will reflect in their shape.
In the previous five solo Spider-Man movies from Sony, the title character basically only relied on his web shooters. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has a lot more to play around with, saying that a lot of the gadgets come directly from the comics. He explains:
There’s actually a precedent for a lot of these ideas in these comics. In the very first issue of Spider-Man, there was one page dedicated to all the different things that Spider-Man can do with his webs. We would always joke about that because there’s web skis, and a web boat, and a web shield.
Spider-Man’s webs have been Marvel’s version of duct tape that can do practically anything. Having a series of gadgets that help the character out makes far more sense. Considering that Parker is just a teenager, having Tony Stark create them is arguably a natural extension of that.
Source: LA Times