The two suits in Andrew Garfield’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise fall on either side of the spectrum. Here’s what makes them distinctly iconic
Andrew Garfield’s The “Amazing Spider-Man” suit in Sony’s second franchise attempt is something to debate about. While the first suit was totally different from anything expected compared to Raimi-Maguire suit, the one in ASM 2 seemed to nail the look, making Spider-Man appear really “amazing”. From homemade quality to big white eyes here’s everything that makes Garfield’s suits stand out.
The Amazing Spider-man
The first movie of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise came out in 2012. And certainly, there had to be something new, as its comic counterpart had different looks as well. Nonetheless, the basis for this suit was more than just its comic origins. The costume designers imagined a suit that would inculcate something which a teenager could really make in his own room. This particular thing was missing in the Raimi suit. You cannot create raised silver web patterns unless you have a lot of money to afford that kind of material (whatever it is). And we all know for sure, Peter cannot afford that.
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Andrew Garfield’s First ASM Suit
The 1st “amazing” suit was unique and completely different from both previous suits as well as expectations. Let us talk about the aspects one by one.
The first and the most noticeable were the eyes. The suit had black eyes, like sunglasses. As far as the colours red and blue go, they were more vibrant. It enhanced the leanness and had a sporty look to it. Coming back to the eyes, the lenses are prototype in nature and there were only 100 sets in the world when the movie was being made. But then again, it is natural for Peter to go for sunglass lenses and not roam around the marketplace searching for white lenses.
For the design, it had a long red spider covering the whole back from top to bottom and a black one at the front. The shoes were basically made from pads of tennis shoes. This further added to the functionality of the suit. This is certainly how the “amazing” Spider-Man has been depicted in the comics. He is lean and this suits him a lot as he swings among buildings. Furthermore, it is his lean body structure that allows him to have such quick movements (just like a spider).
The web-shooters were given justice in this film as they were mechanical and made by Peter just as in the comics. The web-shooters looked awesome and indeed Spidey ran out of web sometimes which is the only logic in this case. It showed Peter’s intellect which is exactly what creator Stan Lee did in the comics. The material of the suit was spandex which is a lightweight synthetic fabric that is stretchable. Perfect for Spidey, right?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Suit
This suit perfectly captures the essence of “Amazing Spider-Man”. What made it stand out was how different it was from the suit in the previous film and its predecessor. Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 suit was more homemade making it a perfect cos-play choice for many fans.
A completely different design from head to toe, Garfield’s second Spider-Man suit immediately catches your attention. And to a considerable extent, makes you want to own it if not wear it. The colours are perfect with a deeper blue than the previous one and the red sort of tends towards maroon but still maintains its red character.
The main attraction was the new set of big white eyes. They are so cool that we don’t even want to point a finger and ask: Hey, how did you make those, Pete? Their shape is iconic. And even the shape of the head has changed from a somewhat longer one in the last film to a more round one here. And it looks much better.
The webbing in the suit is distinct and the suit appears loose (which makes sense). A home-made suit by a teenager cannot be that perfect a fit, after all. A black spider at the front and bigger red on the back, the suit is lean and doesn’t add much muscle to Pete’s physique like the Raimi suit. This further makes him more palpable to us as he swings and does his moves fighting. As for the web-shooters, they are the same as in the first film.
If we compare the suits, definitely the second one is much better. It is simple, looks cool, and carries all the iconic aspects. And as for the big white lenses, well, nobody questions Tony Stark about his metal of choice for his armour, so why Peter? And speaking of Tony, keep your eyes on this page, as well will talk about the MCU Spider-Man suit, the first of which he created.