Spider-Man's Homemade Suit Originally Based on Scarlet Spider

An alternate take on Peter's homemade costume in Spider-Man: Homecoming drew inspiration from the original Scarlet Spider. While War for the Planet of the Apes may win this weekend, Spider-Man: Homecoming is still going strong in theaters. Thanks to its near-universal critical acclaim and its massive global opening last week, Homecoming is a much needed hit for Sony and another win for Marvel Studios. While Peter's appearance in Civil War was a lot of fun, Homecoming has proven that Spider-Man is an essential part of the MCU. Thanks to the film being out, we can finally break it down and learn more about it.

So far, we've found all sorts of Easter eggs in the movie, including an intriguing one involving an Asgardian religion on Earth. We've also found out that a number of things changed from the initial pitch for the movie. For one thing, the Vulture almost had a very different connection to Peter. In the end, the writers made the perfect choice for him though. The villain wasn't the only character to go through some revisions, however. As part of Peter's journey in the movie, he has to go back to using his homemade costume after Tony takes away the Stark suit. As cool as the DIY outfit was, though, it almost had some deep ties to the comics.

Artist Ryan Meinerding took to his Instagram to share a piece of concept art he made even before Spider-Man: Homecoming. While the version of the suit we saw in Civil War and Homecoming has some nods to the comics, the original design was almost identical to Ben Reilly's suit as the the Scarlet Spider.

#tbt It's funny how somethings come full circle. I didn't think my homemade Spider-Man mask would be one of them. There were a few attempts but when I was 17 years old, using my moms sewing machine and fabrics from @joann_stores I made my own Spider-Man mask. Peter Parker could be any of us. That's one of the reasons why Spider-Man is one of the coolest superheroes of all time. Even at 17 years old I still felt like I could be Spider-Man @tomholland2013 captured this Peter/Spidey so perfectly. He is hands down my favorite movie Spider-Man. Can't wait to see him back playing Spidey! This version of the homemade suit is directly based off of my own creation. I will be posting more unused concepts over the next few weeks. The costume is based on the Scarlet Spider, which was designed by Tom Lyle, and I was going for a McFarlane look with the head. #spidermanhomecoming #spiderman #marvel #homemade #cosplay #costume #costumedesign #comics #ryanmeinerding #peterparker #tomholland #throwbackthursday

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Introduced during the Clone Saga that Tom Holland wants to see in the MCU, Reilly is a clone of Peter Parker who borrows his name from Uncle Ben and Aunt May's maiden name. His suit is also pure '90s, mixing Spidey's outfit with a sleeveless hoodie. It's actually a pretty neat look, and would have been fun to see used in the movie. Who knows, maybe it'll even be one of the suits Peter wears in Avengers: Infinity War. As it stands, elements like the hood did make it into the final iteration of what we see on the big screen.

And while this nod to the past of Spider-Man didn't appear on film, Holland is hoping another one will. He has admitted that he would ove to see former Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire play Uncle Ben in the MCU. Given Aunt May was aged down a bit in Homecoming, it wouldn't be too far of a stretch. And while it could be a long-shot, it would certainly be pleasing for longtime Spidey fans.

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Source: Ryan Meinerding

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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