Previous big-screen versions of Spider-Man played Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield have had nothing but themselves. They’ve had to sew together their own costumes and fix all the problems they created for themselves, with no one else to help them. And that was great.
But Tom Holland’s Spidey in the MCU has always had Tony Stark watching his back and giving him cool technology, and that’s cool, too. It’s also different, giving us something we’ve never seen before. Among that cool technology is the Iron Spider armored suit, which came in handy in Avengers: Endgame. Here are 10 Questions About Spider-Man’s Iron Spider Costume, Answered.
10 Why is it red and gold, not red and blue?
The Iron Spider costume has a red and gold color scheme. Traditionally, Spider-Man’s color scheme is red and blue, with black webbing, but Spider-Man didn’t design this suit – Tony Stark did. When Doc Brown made a time machine, he made it out of a DeLorean, because “if you’re going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”
That’s essentially Tony Stark’s philosophy. His focus is on the technology, but as long as he’s building the technology, he might as well give it his signature visual flair. Stark’s traditional colors are red and gold, which is why those were the colors he chose for the Iron Spider armor.
9 Where is the parachute stored?
Of the many little gadgets packed into the Iron Spider armor, we’ve seen various different types of webbing, various different combat modes, a whole artificial intelligence dedicated to controlling the suit, and a parachute.
But where exactly is there room in Spidey’s outfit to store an entire parachute and still allow for balance? According to MCU canon, that parachute is deployed from underneath the spider symbol on Spidey’s back. The one on the back is bigger and therefore more practical to be used as a storage unit. It’s also just safer to have a parachute attached to your back than your front.
8 What is the Iron Spider suit made of?
Spider-Man’s Iron Spider suit – which is more of a suit of armor than a superhero costume – is made out of the same nanotechnology that Tony Stark used to build his own Iron Man suit. The nanotechnology has fitted the suit with a bunch of offensive weaponry (seriously, a whole arsenal is hidden in there) and also enhances the protection that the armor gives Peter.
This stops him from ever getting hurt, and even if he does get hurt, the nanotechnology will heal his wounds. In other words, when Peter Parker is wearing the Iron Spider suit, he is virtually indestructible.
7 How do the webs work?
Since Spider-Man’s Iron Spider armor is made from the same tech as Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor, which is called “Bleeding Edge” technology, it can do just as many things that would be physically impossible in real life. A problem that Spider-Man often runs into is running out of the fluid that his webs are made of.
Fortunately, the nanotechnology in the Iron Spider suit is able to make that fluid on the go, meaning that Spidey will never run out of webbing as long as he’s wearing it. There are little automatic web-making factories in each of his wrists.
6 How can Tony control it remotely?
On a couple of occasions, Tony Stark has controlled the Iron Spider suit remotely, like when he got it to deploy a parachute in Avengers: Infinity War. This is because the artificial intelligence F.R.I.D.A.Y. controls the suit, and Tony controls her.
Just like J.A.R.V.I.S. is in control of Tony’s own Iron Man suit, F.R.I.D.A.Y. is in control of Peter Parker’s Iron Spider suit. However, the difference is that Tony wears the Iron Man suit and J.A.R.V.I.S. listens to him, whereas Peter wears the Iron Spider suit and F.R.I.D.A.Y. listens to Tony. However, that might change following the tragic events of Avengers: Endgame.
5 What’s the deal with the Instant Kill Mode?
Spider-Man famously never kills people. Like Superman, he’s above that. Even if there’s a really bad guy and it would be really easy for him to kill them, he won’t do it. That’s why some fans were confused when his Iron Spider suit was equipped with an “Instant Kill Mode.” Last year, Tom Holland said, “I don’t actually think the ‘Instant Kill’ function does what everyone thinks it does. I think it simply just shuts off electricity. I actually don’t think it’s a killing-like piece of tech. I don’t think it is to murder people. I don’t think Tony Stark’s that dark.”
But as it turns out, Tony Stark is that dark, because Spidey activated “Instant Kill Mode” in Avengers: Endgame and a bunch of blades retracted that targeted any oncoming threat.
4 How did it let Peter breathe in space?
In Avengers: Infinity War, as Thanos’ minions take off in a Q-Ship and Iron Man and Doctor Strange take off after it, Spider-Man follows them. He attaches himself to the ship as it heads into outer space. While Iron Man and Doctor Strange have taken precautions to be able to breathe, Peter hasn’t, and he passes out.
So, Iron Man sends in the Iron Spider suit to wrap itself around him and he’s suddenly resuscitated. How did that work? Well, it’s called “Self-Contained Environmental Protection.” The suit helps its user to adapt to dangerous environments, like space. In that case, it insulated Peter and provided him with its own supply of oxygen.
3 What are the Spider-Legs made of?
The Iron Spider suit is fitted with four Spider-Legs. They’ve been shown in Infinity War and Endgame to be incredibly strong. Thanos grabbed them and tried to break them and he couldn’t even make a dent in them – they didn’t sustain the slightest damage.
So, what are these things made of that means they can withstand Thanos’ might? As it turns out, these Spider-Legs are made of rapidly grown mono-atomic iron alloy crystal. They’re used as blades when Spidey activates “Instant Kill Mode” and they also have cameras on the tips, so he can use them to see around corners.
2 Did it help Peter survive getting pinned down by Thanos?
The nanotechnology in the Iron Spider suit gives it enhanced durability, meaning Spidey could withstand a slam from Thanos in Infinity War. The beauty of nanotechnology is that it’s super small, so it allows for mobility and flexibility without sacrificing any layers of armor.
This is ideal for Spider-Man, whose greatest strength is his agility. He’s able to zip around from building to building. That’s what made spandex the ideal material for his original suit. However, the spandex isn’t much use when you’re fighting a Titan. As we saw from Tobey Maguire’s movies, all it takes is a slight graze to tear right through that material. The Iron Spider suit offers Peter the best of both worlds.
1 How did it fit in a tiny box?
When Tony first summoned the Iron Spider suit in Infinity War, he called it up from the New Avengers Facility where it was stored in a tiny box. This box is called a “launch pod” and it’s the same nifty little device that Tony uses to store his own armor.
Since the Iron Spider suit is made from nanites, those nanites are able to fit inside the launch pod and deploy the suit onto Peter’s body within seconds. Futuristic technology doesn’t even cut it – this stuff is unheard of. No wonder Peter is so grateful for the guidance of his mentor.