Spider-Man: No Way Home showed us multiple Spider-Man suits, some old, and some new that can show up in the future of the MCU. Here’s more.
Spider-Man’s suit is the most iconic superhero suit ever made. And the new suits of Spider-Man: No Way Home raise the bar of Spider-Man suits for good reason. The suits are either the needs or outcomes of the events in the film. Let us explore them one by one.
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First of all, let’s relish that Spider-Man: No Way Home gave Spider-Man his deserved stature in the MCU. From the very beginning, he was shown as a sidekick. And it took 6 movies to reach this spot. Well, better late than never.
Perhaps, the MCU Spidey needed a push from Raimi Spidey and Webb Spidey to realize that he was much more than he thought. And that aunt May “didn’t die for nothing.” Be that as it may, No Way Home have us our much needed MCU Spider-Man in his comic avatar. We will come to it too but let’s start from the beginning.
The Red and Black Suit
This suit is the one Peter built towards the end of Spider-Man: far From Home. It has the EDITH AI but we don’t get to see it. Red and Black in colour, it still manages to give Spider-Man his distinct appearance that helps us connect better with something that is ingrained in our minds.
Compared to other suits in Spider-Man: No Way Home, this suit is the closest to the original Spider-Man costume. The webbings are visible and the design is the same and only has some of the MCU improvisations which make sense. There has to be something different, that the MCU can call its own.
The Iron-Spider Suit
The Iron-Spider Suit was introduced at the very of Spider-Man: Homecoming but the first time we saw Peter wearing it was in Avengers: Infinity War. This was followed by Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: far From Home. In No Way Home, the nanotechnology of the suit combines with Doctor Octopus’s tentacles that lets Peter gain control over them.
The Iron-Spider suit makes sense provided that Tony built it for Peter to survive in space. It also helps him fight against stronger foes. Cloth is more vulnerable that way so nanotech is the viable option. Also, Tony mastered the technology and used it to make his suit so it only makes sense that he would use it for Peter’s.
The Integrated Suit
The integrated Spider-Man suit is a combination of the nanotech of the Iron-Spider suit and the red-and-black suit. It is pretty much the state-of-the-art Spider-Man suit replete in every way. It brings together the best of both worlds, Peter’s design and Tony’s nanotech. But unfortunately, we learn that the suit cannot communicate with the Stark servers to it will be able to achieve its full potential.
Now about the design. The golden touch over the red and black doesn’t go well at all. Period. It appears boring without any sense of that webbing that we expect in a Spider-Man costume. The suit due to its high-tech quality throws away recognition completely. Even the web-shooters look like gauntlets. Couldn’t the creators at Marvel come out with a better design?
The Black and Gold Suit
Speaking of the gauntlet, the black-and-gold Spider-man suit is the red-and-black suit but flipped inside out. Hence the colour black and gold (its copper is due to the exposed wiring and not gold). Peter does this because the red-and-white side was partly defaced with green paint. This is why we can see all the circuitry on the fabric. But there’s an addition that makes the suit all the more “unbelievable.” And that is Doctor Strange’s gauntlet used to catch villains and bring them to Strange’s dungeon.
No matter how much we want to question the suit’s authenticity, the fact is it is inside out. Imagine the insides of an Iron-Man armour. Do you think it will look the same polished and chrome? It won’t. And neither does this black-and-gold.
The Spider-Man Suit from the Comics
After all the crazy battles he fought, Peter now has to live a life of anonymity in a rented apartment. He has stitched a homemade suit that will take him ahead in his journey as the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. This whole journey of MCU’s Peter Parker of learning almost every lesson before taking on his responsibilities comes to an end with the authentic red-and-blue Spider-Man suit inspired by the one in the comics, the one we all grew up knowing. This suit is a testimony of the circle of life.
If you ask why he let go of the other suits, the reason is probably that the suits were mechanical and thus subject to malfunctioning. And with limited resources, Peter will have to make do with cloth and not nanotech. And we love it.
As for the upcoming trilogy, we will possibly have this iconic suit and nothing else. But that is only until Miles Morales is introduced. After that, we will have the second coolest Spider-Man suit if not an equally cool suit in the MCU i.e. the black and red suit.