Warning: The Following Contains Spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming
With two appearances to date in the MCU, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has already had multiple costumes. But given Marvel’s tendency to upgrade their superhero’s looks with each new film, what new duds might Peter slip into for Avengers: Infinity War?
Since the outset of the MCU, costumes have been an integral part of the films. More than just a way to establish the persona of the hero, Iron Man proved how integral the construction and development of a superhero suit is. Each new appearance by the Armored Avenger has gone to great lengths to highlight his ever-shifting wartime wardrobe, but he’s hardly the only character who’s been given an upgrade.
Across his many film appearances, Captain America has donned a number of uniforms, from a flashy USO suit to covert body armor. Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and Thor are just some of the other characters who have tried out new looks over the years. Even the Hulk got some snazzy new pants for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Despite Spider-Man being new to the MCU and the Avengers, his first outing in Civil War showed off not one, but two outfits. And while we got a brief taste of both costumes last year, it wasn’t until the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming was on the horizon that they were put fully on display. By the end of this summer’s film, however, a new potential suit has been added to Spidey’s roster—one we could see him put on for Infinity War.
While some set photos showing Holland in a motion capture suit have led to speculation that he’ll be getting an intricate new costume for next year’s big team-up, it’s been said the process is merely being used to save time by adding in his normal suit with CGI. But as Homecoming has proven, fans are often misled ahead of a film’s release to cover up potential reveals within the movie. With that in mind, could we see Holland suited up in his newest threads when he faces off against Thanos’ forces or is an entirely new Spider-Man suit in order for Infinity War?
The Homecoming Suit
Given that Civil War merely offered viewers a taste of the MCU’s take on Spider-Man’s iconic costume, it makes sense that no major changes were made to it for Homecoming. While the character’s brief appearance in last year’s conflict showcased the new design and the impressive incorporation of Spidey’s expressive eyes from the comics, not much else was known about the suit until marketing for Homecoming began rolling out. Once it did, a whole new picture was painted.
Given the stinger at the end of Civil War and the fact that Tony Stark designed Spidey’s suit, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s packed full of bells and whistles. In the lead-up to the release of Homecoming, a number of the suit’s new features were highlighted. Still, what we saw in trailers and promos was nothing compared to what we learned once the movie was in theaters.
Along with the eyes, Steve Ditko's influence is on display in the web wings Spidey uses to glide in the movie. Peter also has his signature parachute, a Spider-Tracer (shown as a small drone housed in his logo), and a variety of web combinations. In the comics, Spider-Man has long deployed a variety of wild and useful web combos, but few have been showcased in the movies. With the Stark suit, Peter is able to choose from web grenades, taser webs, rapid fire shots, and more. While the mechanics of these bonus web varieties aren’t always explained in the comics, Dan Slott’s work on the All-New All-Different version of Spider-Man have given the character a similar suit to the movies.
Over the past few years in the comics, Peter has used his considerable genius to give himself a suit closer to Stark’s own, outfitted with voice-activated webbing options and an AI. Brought to life by Jennifer Connely, we see a version of this AI featured in the films. Not only does Karen let Peter interact with his suit’s considerable features, but their pairing makes for some of the funniest scenes in the movie. Add in some inspiration from Back to the Future II in the form of a self-fitting function and a heater, and it’s hard to imagine Peter needing much more than he already has. Plus, we still haven’t seen that ‘Instant Kill’ feature put to use.
Homecoming proved that Peter could make due without Stark’s suit, and he clearly wasn’t reliant on all of its features. Even more than that, the end of the movie explicitly has him turning down an upgrade in favor of remaining a more humble and grounded hero. Of course, Infinity War will blow all of that out of the water when alien forces invade Earth. When that happens, Peter may just be asking Tony for that new suit back.
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