Update: Added clearer images of the Spider-Man Civil War hoodie.
Even though Spider-Man is easily one of the most anticipated additions to Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios has been extremely cautious about when and how they intend to reveal their new webslinger to the world. Comic book fans might be eager to get a look at Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; however, it's understandable that Sony and Disney might not be ready to put Peter Parker front and center - considering the character is expected to have a relatively small role in Civil War and casual moviegoers may not understand why another version of Spider-Man is already in the pipeline (only a few short years after "the untold story" fizzled out).
As a result, holding-off a full reveal of Tom Holland in costume as the wall-crawler isn't hurting buzz for the film - which is already riding high on shots of fan-favorite Avengers, Captain America and Iron Man (joined by the Winter Soldier), duking it out. Still, the longer that Marvel Studios waits to reveal Spider-Man, the more likely it is that pre-release merchandise could spoil the surprise. Only a few short days after Funko Pop! toys outed a major Ant-Man spoiler, another Civil War-branded product may provide fans a sneak peek at Spider-Man's new threads.
The potential reveal comes from SuperBro Movie News! who posted an image of an alleged Civil War Spider-Man hoodie to Twitter. The outlet isn't a verified source of industry scoops and makes no mention of how they came across the Spider-Man hoodie image - so, it goes without saying, take the following photo with a grain of salt (for now).
It's also important to note that, assuming the sweatshirt is even real, the product is just inspired by the Civil War Spider-Man movie costume design - not a replica of an actual hoodie that Peter Parker will don in the film. That might seem obvious to some readers but, given that several Spider-Man comic book (and film) series have seen the hero wear home-made hoodie-like costumes prior to developing an actual superhero suit, there could be some confusion.
Check out the "leaked" hoodie below:
CAPTAIN AMERICA CIVIL WAR SPIDERMAN HOODIE LEAKED!! This is legit!! Disney is gonna be mad at me. pic.twitter.com/KdltxQBbpi
— SuperBro Movie News! (@SuperBroMovies) January 11, 2016
UPDATE: Merchoid has revealed official (read: clearer) images of the hoodie:
As previously indicated, there's no way of knowing for certain that the new image is of a Civil War product; though, the hoodie is not among Marvel's previous or current merchandise offerings - suggesting that it is, in fact, a yet-to-be-released design for Captain America 3.
So, while readers may want to reserve judgment for now, there is reason to think the hoodie is based on Spider-Man's Civil War costume design - which directors Joe and Anthony Russo had previously described as "hard-core contemporary." Given the low resolution photo, it's difficult to glean certain specifics from the sweatshirt (especially when it comes to the new "webbing" pattern) and, despite a presence on the hoodie, it's relatively safe to assume the new Spider-Man costume will not feature elbow patches; yet, more obvious details, such as the size and design of the spider insignia (less angular) as well as the (darker) shade of red and blue used, could give fans a faint notion of what they'll see in Captain America: Civil War.
The directors have repeatedly used the term "contemporary" to describe how they updated Spider-Man - both in characterization and costuming and Tom Holland has suggested that his favorite version of Spider-Man was the "Ultimate" iteration - which would be a fit for the contemporary world of Civil War post-Avengers: Age of Ultron. Nevertheless, fans shouldn't read too much into what the new Peter Parker used to prefer, since Civil War cast and crew remain tight-lipped about the new costume itself - with the filmmakers admitting they were even still tweaking Spider-Man's look two months ago. Still, though no one has come out and stated exactly which comic books the costume was based on, we know that the film will, according to Anthony Russo, "show a mix of what everyone is waiting for with a little twist."
The "twist" that Anthony Russo teased remains a mystery. Some had speculated that Peter Parker could be gifted an Iron Spider suit by Tony Stark by the end of the film; though, the "mix of what everyone is waiting for" part of the description would certainly fit with the "leaked" hoodie image - which sports pretty traditional comic book DNA.
For the time being, fans will just have to be patient for a more official reveal, or at least a higher resolution leak, but other outlets had previously indicated that January 15th could mark a significant day for Civil War merchandise (possibly similar to Star Wars 7's Force Friday - when retailers were allowed to unveil and sell official products). If that turns out to be the case, Spider-friends may not have to wait too much longer for a clearer look at the new web-slinger's design. That, or the low-res hoodie leak might prompt Disney to unveil an official promo image early. It wouldn't be the first time.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.