At the moment, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is extremely active. With a November release, Doctor Strange is about to make its final approach into theaters. Filming on Thor: Ragnarok is also well-underway at locations in and around Queensland, Australia. In addition, another MCU installment slated to arrive in 2017, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is currently filming at locations around Atlanta, Georgia.
As the Jon Watts-led picture rolls on, with a slight break for Comic-Con, stills from our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man set burst forth from time to time – just like webs out of Spidey’s web-shooter.
Speaking of which, fans got their first look at the Web-head’s favorite contraptions about a month ago in a production still from Atlanta. The most recent shot, thanks to CBR, gives us a better look at Spider-Man’s signature slingers. Sleek and black, the MCU’s versions of his web-shooters, courtesy of Tony Stark, wrap around Peter Parker’s wrists and attach to his forearms via a band or strap for added strength and security. They also appear as though they may tie into black fiber or alloy straps which run the across Spider-Man’s costume and may act strengthen his costume or act tactical gear. Take a closer look at the web-slingers below:
Here’s another look at the web-shooters from last month’s action-packed still:
As a major part of his mystique, his web-slingers will clearly feature heavily into Spider-Man: Homecoming. Over the years, different productions have offered their own particular take on the wall-crawler’s most important form of transportation and most significant non-lethal weapon. However, as a present from Tony Stark’s side of the Avengers during the chaos of Captain America: Civil War, Spidey’s shooters were a major upgrade from his homemade web-dispensers.
Throughout their 50-plus year history, Spider-Man’s web-shooters have gone through a few variations. Traditionally, his webbing devices were twin gauntlets worn beneath his costume which used pressurized cartridges to propel his custom-made web-fluid. Described as micro-turbines, each palm-activated device fires a nylon-derived polymer liquid which forms into a sticky, tough, yet flexible fiber (and dissolves after an hour, give or take). At various times, such as during a Captain America crossover book where he mutates into a giant spider, as well as during Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Peter Parker was able to create organic webs from his own body. However, most often, the web-shooters are used to highlight Parker’s intelligence and ingenuity, instead of merely being a super-human man-spider.
Clearly, the MCU’s variation on Spidey adheres closer to his original backstory, where his webs are chemically-created and eject from palm-activated devices. As fans at Comic-Con were lucky enough to see some action shots, the wacky wall-crawler will put his fancy new web-shooters to good use as the Vulture and company flip his Harry Potter/John Hughes-inspired high school world upside down. With his costume and cast coming together quite nicely, though, it looks as though Spider-Man is in great hands in his new shared-IP home.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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