|For other uses, see Spider-Man (disambiguation)|
The Spider-Man Suit is a specialized suit used by Peter Parker to protect his identity as Spider-Man. Originally consisting of a hoodie with a spider symbol, blue pants, a blue shirt, and a red mask with black goggles to help him focus his senses, the suit received a "minor upgrade" from Tony Stark for Parker to use during the Clash of the Avengers. Stark allowed Parker to keep the suit after the Avengers Civil War.
The updated suit has many new features, such as Karen, an artificially intelligent system to aid him, a heads-up display embedded in the eye lenses, a reconnaissance drone, a parachute, and retractable wingsuit components. The suit was monitored by the Stark Industry Training Wheels Protocol, a program designed and installed into the suit by Stark to restrict certain actions, and the Baby Monitor Protocol, which tracked and recorded everything through the eye lenses.
After Spider-Man successfully apprehended the Vulture, Stark offered Parker another suit if he moved into the New Avengers Facility as the newest Avenger. However, Parker turned Stark's invitation down, preferring to operate in Queens as a local hero instead. Impressed at his maturity, Stark accepted his decision and returned the second suit back to Parker, after having confiscated it earlier following the Ambush at the Staten Island Ferry.
Originally, Peter Parker wore a homemade suit consisting of cheap red and blue clothing, particularly a blue longjohns under a red sleeveless hoodie with a black spider chest emblem, red fingerless gloves with black webbing designs on them, and black goggles to fight crime in New York City. He hid this suit from his aunt May in a loft above his room, which came down on a rope whenever someone opened it.
When Stark discovered the suit, he told Parker that his "onesie" did not reflect his identity as Spider-Man and therefore needed an upgrade from top to bottom.
When Parker arrived in Berlin, Happy Hogan told him to suit up, which he did by wearing his homemade suit and preparing himself mentally for Stark's confrontation with Captain America. However, Hogan asked him what he was wearing and redirected him to the upgraded suit Stark had left for him, and ordered him to get dressed quickly.
- "Well, I could've stuck the landing a little better. It's just the new suit– it's nothing! Mr. Stark, it's perfect, thank you."
- ―Peter Parker
Parker, who was unaware of the suitcase Happy was referring to, then located it in another part of his hotel room and opened it, revealing the new suit and its features. Parker, speechless, put on the suit and joined Hogan, who took him to Flughafen Leipzig-Halle airport.
Tony Stark had constructed this suit for Parker after visiting him and seeing the old costume he used to fight crime as Spider-Man. This new suit was more tight fitting and followed his old suit's color scheme. Parker used this suit at the Clash of the Avengers to fight Captain America's faction.
Keeping the Suit
After returning from Berlin, Stark allowed Parker to keep the suit, although he advised the young hero not do anything he would or would not do and to remain on the ground, a tip which Parker accepted. Parker then asked when the next mission was, and Stark replied that if they needed him then someone would contact him, and appointed Happy Hogan to be their liaison.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man
Colorful Local Crimestopper
Two months after the Avengers Civil War, Peter Parker used his new suit in his daily heroics, from stopping a bicycle thief to guiding an old woman. One night, he spotted a small group of thieves attempting to rob an ATM and used his suit to fight them.Parker returned home later that day and crawled into his room through the window, since he lost his backpack with his civilian clothes inside it. Once he went inside, his friend Ned Leeds noticed him on the ceiling; Parker tried to convince Leeds that he was not Spider-Man, but his suit and ceiling crawl rendered his denial moot.
The next night, May drove Parker and Leeds to the Toomes Residence. Despite wearing his Spider-Man suit underneath his clothes, Parker was adamant to be himself. They greeted Toomes and noticed that Michelle Jones was also attending the party. However, after another taunt from Thompson, Parker excused himself and donned his costume outside on the residence's roof. On the roof, Parker spotted a nearby explosion, which he proceeded to investigate.
He found Jackson Brice and Herman Schultz trying to sell a man the same weapons from the ATM theft the day before. The buyer preferred a simple gun to Brice and Schultz's enhanced weaponry; his sellers coerced him, but Spider-Man intervened and a chase ensued, using his suit in the pursuit.
He managed to find the criminal's van, but a man with armored wings appeared and grabbed him from behind, flying into the air. When the Vulture flew high enough, the suit's emergency parachute activated. The parachute caught the wind and allowed Spider-Man to get off Vulture's grip.
Spider-Man crashed into the lake, got tangled in his parachute underwater, and nearly drowned. Iron Man retrieved him with a remotely controlled armor, and explained that he installed a tracker into Parker's suit, allowing Stark to observe Parker. Parker explained the situation to him, but Stark urged Parker to forget the Vulture and let more experienced people handle the Vulture's activity.
Hunting the Vulture
Parker began investigating his new adversary. He told Leeds about his encounter with the Vulture and the power core that has been left behind during the chase. After they examined the power core, they encountered Schultz and another thug looking for the missing core in school. Parker followed them during their search and planted a tracker on their bodies. Parker and Leeds began following the gang's movements and learned that they were heading to Maryland.
Since the school's decathlon team were heading to Washington, D.C. for the national tournament, Parker rejoined the team. Once the decathlon team arrived, Parker prepared to pursue the Vulture's gang once more. While removing the tracker from his suit, Leeds learned that the Training Wheels Protocol monitored his suit. Eager to prove himself to Tony Stark, Parker convinced Leeds to disable the protocol before pursuing the criminals.
While in the suit, Spider-Man discovered that the suit was harboring an A.I. that introduced itself; the A.I. taught Spider-Man about the suit's full capabilities, from a heads-up display to a myriad of Web-Shooter combinations.
Spider-Man found members of the Vulture's gang near an empty gas station. Using the suit's advanced function to overhear their conversation, Spider-Man learned that Vulture intended to steal confiscated technology from Damage Control storage trucks. Spider-Man went after the Damage Control truck and confronted the Vulture, who was about to leave with his loot. They fought briefly and, due to Spider-Man's carelessness, resulted in Spider-Man getting trapped inside the truck.
Trapped in Damage Control's Safe House
Sometime later, Spider-Man woke up. The A.I. informed him that he was inside a Damage Control safe-house and would not be able to leave until morning. At first, he tried to force the door open to no avail. Deciding to wait it out, he learned different Web-Shooter combinations and named the A.I. Karen.
Spider-Man managed to track his friends to the Washington Monument and reached the place just as the Chitauri Energy Core exploded inside Ned Leeds backpack. Karen informed him that his friends were trapped inside the Monument elevator, which was in danger of plummeting, and Spider-Man scaled the monument as quickly as he could, locating the most optimal entry point of the monument with his suit.
His rescue attempt caught local authorities' attention. Spider-Man tried to explain the situation to them, but they threatened to shoot him if he did not leave the monument. Despite the threats, Spider-Man ignored them and broke into the monument, barely catching the elevator and its occupants — his schoolmates and Roger Harrington — with a ricochet web.
Back to New York
Students hailed Spider-Man as a hero for his elevator rescue after he returned to New York City. He learned from Karen that the suit was recording all of his activity, so he reviewed a log of the day of Brice and Schultz's arms sale; he decided to confront the customer, Aaron Davis. At Karen's suggestion, he activated the Enhanced Interrogation Protocol, which made his voice sound deeper and more menacing.
In a parking lot, Spider-Man webbed Davis's hand onto his car bonnet, but Davis poked fun at Spider-Man for using a voice filter. Flustered, Spider-Man disabled the Enhanced Interrogation Protocol and asked for Vulture's location. Davis, grateful for Spider-Man's intervention several nights earlier, informed him of another weapons deal to be made on Staten Island Ferry.
Following Davis's lead, Spider-Man sneaked into the ferry and went looking for the Vulture. During his scouting, Stark called him, but Spider-Man hung up on him to focus on his targets. Spider-Man interrupted the deal and defeated Vulture's gang and Mac Gargan, but the FBI interrupted Spider-Man's ambush and proceeded to arrest everyone at the scene.
This distraction was all the Vulture needed to equip his suit and began attacking Spider-Man and the FBI. While Spider-Man saved the agents from the arms dealer's attacks, Vulture freed his men and urged them to escape. Another fierce fight ensued between the Vulture and Spider-Man, who used his Web-Shooters' combinations to enhance his fighting ability against the winged menace.Eventually, Vulture's Chitauri alien weapon malfunctioned. Spider-Man tried to web the weapon up and contain its energy, only for it to short-circuit and cut the ferry in half. Spider-Man attempted to save the ferry's occupants; at his request, Karen quickly calculated the strongest points of the ship, and Spider-Man linked 98 percent of those points together. However, he had missed two percent of the points, and it was this oversight that caused Spider-Man's webs to fail. Spider-Man desperately bound both halves of the ship together, though it kept falling apart. Iron Man eventually arrived to assist in Spider-Man's rescue, sealing the ship by reforging the cutlines. After that, he took Spider-Man away to have a private talk.
Stark demanded the suit back from Parker after lecturing him on putting civilians in jeopardy by pursuing the Vulture. Parker tearfully protested that he was nothing without the suit, but Stark dismissed Parker's protests by reminding him that he should not own the suit if it was his whole being, and sent him home with spare clothes.
Back to Basics
Pursuing the Vulture once again, Peter Parker went to grab his homemade suit from beneath the school lockers. After changing hastily into his suit, Spider-Man went outside only to be ambushed by the Shocker, who subsequently knocked Spider-Man's Web-Shooters off his wrists, putting him at a disadvantage. Shocker relentlessly kept attacking Spider-Man, smashing him through school buses. Before Shocker could strike Spider-Man again, Ned used one of the Web-Shooters to distract the Shocker, and Spider-Man bound him to a school bus.
With Leeds's help, Spider-Man tracked Toomes to an old warehouse. Parker questioned Toomes's criminal activity and what he was doing to his family, but Toomes simply waited to activate his Exo-Suit; once it did, he began attacking Spider-Man. Peter dodged every attack and quipped at Toomes, but later realized that Toomes sought to destroy the beams of the warehouse. The wings smashed through the last supporting beam of the warehouse, and debris collapsed upon Spider-Man. Vulture equipped his suit and left Spider-Man to die.
Beneath the rubble, Parker called for help and writhed in pain, but he noticed an image of his mask in the water and his own reflection. Remembering Stark's words, Parker finally understood what his mentor meant about separating his identity from his suit: with or without the suit, he was Spider-Man. Spider-Man regained his resolve and pushed the rubble off his back, and he continued his pursuit of the Vulture.
Spider-Man managed to find Vulture, and latched onto him with a web as they flew towards the Stark Cargo Plane. Unaware of Spider-Man's presence, Vulture continued his hijacking. Without his tech suit, Spider-Man improvised his moves and dodged Vulture's relentless attacks. Their fight caused significant damage to the plane's hull. When Spider-Man realized that the plane was in danger of crashing into New York City, he used his webs and strength to force the plane to crash into the beach at Coney Island instead.
Exhausted and injured, Spider-Man removed his mask to breathe, but this caused his senses to overwhelm him and leave him open to the Vulture's ambush. Despite the damage on his suit, the Vulture brutally attacked Spider-Man. Holding him up with his wings, Vulture prepared to kill Spider-Man before spotting a nearby crate, which he proceeded to grab instead. Spider-Man noticed that the Vulture's wings were failing and tried to save him. The Vulture's wings exploded, and Toomes crashed into the ground as his suit burst into flames. Spider-Man retrieved Toomes from the blaze and webbed him to the remaining cargo, watching from atop a rollercoaster as the police arrested the Vulture.
After Parker apprehended the Vulture and prevented the theft of valuable Avengers and Stark Industries equipment, Stark decided to induct Parker into the Avengers with a press conference and a new suit. This new suit would serve as his official Avengers outfit, which he asked Parker to wear for the conference.
However, Parker declined both Avengers membership and the new suit, preferring to stand up for the commoner as Spider-Man. Stark attempted to sway Parker into joining the Avengers by observing the suit again, but Parker remained adamant in his decision. Accepting Parker's choice, Stark put the suit away.
Regaining the Suit
On a field trip to MOMA, Parker noticed a Q-Ship descending upon Greenwich Village. After convincing Leeds to cause a distraction in their bus, Parker slipped away, donned the Tech Suit, and swung to the scene.
Parker immediately used the suit to battle Cull Obsidian, saving Stark's life and attempting to rescue Doctor Strange from Ebony Maw. He latched onto the Q-Ship as it escaped into the stratosphere, nearly suffocating as it ascended into the upper atmosphere before Stark summoned the Iron Spider Armor to form around Parker.
- Web-Shooters: The suit has Web-Shooters strapped onto the wrists that allow Spider-Man to discharge synthetic webbing for various purposes. These were the only part of the costume which Tony Stark didn't mock.
- "Lordy! Can you even see in these?"
- ―Tony Stark
- Goggles: Peter relied on wearing black goggles with adjustable lenses to see out of as Spider-Man. The lenses could widen and squint to allow him to block extra stimuli due to his highly enhanced senses making it difficult for him to focus.
- Karen: The suit has a built-in A.I. named Karen, similar to Tony Stark ’s F.R.I.D.A.Y., that informs Spider-Man on changing tactical situations, as well as providing diagnostic reports. This feature was initially set to activate after Peter completed the Training Wheels Protocol but was unlocked, along with the rest of the suit's capabilities, by Ned Leeds. Karen records and stores data while the suit is in use through the Baby Monitor Protocol, allowing Spider-Man to access a personal database and review information he may have overlooked previously, or to research further into people or events he's previously encountered. Karen is also able to provide suggestions and activate features of the suit without Spider-Man's command, such as when she enabled the suit's 'Enhanced Reconnaissance Mode' when Peter needed help surveying a couple of criminals.
- Enhanced Durability: Made using a highly endurant fabric, Spider-Man's new suit is highly tear resistant, as seen when it received no damage after being dragged along the streets after a van, withstood the strain of Spider-Man holding the Staten Island Ferry together, as well as when it was unscathed by shards of shattered glass during the Rescue at the Washington Monument. In addition, the suit is resistant to water damage, as showcased when the suit and its technological capabilities were unaffected despite being submerged in water.
- Eye Lenses: The lenses of the suit's mask, similar to the goggles of his original suit, appear to be modeled after camera shutters, giving him a squinting look when they close in and provide Parker a greater depth of field and help to filter out extra stimuli. The lenses also allow Spider-Man to see in different spectrums, as well as display a HUD for Peter to use.
- HUD: The lenses of the suit have a built-in AR heads-up display system, powered by Karen, allowing Spider-Man to analyze his surroundings.
- X-Ray Vision: Peter can ask Karen to switch his visuals to a different visual spectrum, allowing him to see through several objects.
- "You have 576 possible web-shooter combinations."
- Upgraded Web-Shooters: The suit came with Stark's more streamlined version of Parker's original Web-Shooters strapped onto the wrists that allow Spider-Man to discharge Synthetic Webbing for various purposes. It was revealed that the Web-Shooters allows Spider-Man to display holographic information, as seen when he first received the suit, including the projection of a Spider-Signal with the motif of his mask and the tracking coordinates of his Reconnaissance Drone and Spider-Tracers. In addition, the Web-Shooters are configurable to allow Spider-Man to use up to 576 different combinations of his synthetic webbing, such as the Web Grenade, a configuration that detonates and neutralizes its target after a few seconds. The different combinations are dialed through either hand gestures or voice commands, with the suit's HUD showing the different selections. The Web-Shooters are able to assemble themselves onto Peter's wrists and can be worn inconspicuously by retracting the trigger mechanism.
- Web Grenade: A web configuration that holds an explosive charge at the end of it which, when detonated, releases another, more powerful web either in the form of a net or another web line.
- Taser Web: An option in the basic webbing that allows for an electric current to flow through the webbing and neutralize the target.
- Splitter Web: Several web lines attaching to several targets at the same time.
- Rapid Fire: A series of smaller web projectiles fired at a constant, high-velocity pace.
- Ricochet Web: The ricochet web setting fires a strand of webbing that bounces off an initial obstacle and sticks to a target.
- Spider Tracers: This version of the web-shooters demonstrates the ability to launch small GPS trackers, which Peter can track via his suit's systems.
- Utility Belt: The waistline of the suit can hold up to six spare web cartridges to be used as refills for Spider-Man's Web-Shooters.
- Web Wings: An upgrade from Tony Stark that allows Spider-Man to glide in the air with a pair of wings that spread from his armpits and extend to his upper arms and thighs. They can be retracted for when he doesn't need them, and are typically only used for when he's too high or not enough places for him to swing from.
- Vacuum Seal: By pressing the emblem on the chest, Peter can have the suit expand and become several sizes larger, allowing him to slip out of the suit easily. It appears that he can still wear undergarments such as boxer shorts under the suit due to the same process compressing the suit through vents located throughout the suit, making it appear as though he's not wearing anything underneath. Once the process is completed, the suit's A.I. boots up and goes through a diagnostics check.
- Reconnaissance Drone: In addition to altering the suit's size, the spider emblem on his chest is capable of detaching from its socket, utilizing a miniature propulsion engine from its tail section that allows it to fly through the air independent of Spider-Man's control. It has a tracker mode which allows it to fly onto a target and relay its position to the Spider-Man Suit, allowing Peter to follow targets through the interface of his Web-Shooters.
- Enhanced Reconnaissance Mode: This mode allows Spider-Man's hearing and optics to be enhanced. It enables both X-Ray and infrared vision to see through solid objects and locate his target. It also allows for enhanced audio reception capabilities to the point that he can eavesdrop on conversations from yards away. It also corresponds to the suit's database, allowing for data retrieval about certain individuals and their backgrounds.
- Enhanced Combat Mode: The suit was programmed with a function to enhance combat ability and performance. A specific effect of this function was the default "Rapid Fire" setting for the web-shooters, allowing them to rapidly fire web projectiles, though this can be changed.
- Instant-Kill Mode: As the name suggests, this feature allows Spider-Man and his webs to attack in manners that could kill a target in a fraction of a second. This is Spider-Man's least favorite feature, considering how often he nudged against utilizing it despite furthering learning how to use the suit. When activated, the suit's lenses enclose together exposing only a small red light emitting from the eyes.
- Enhanced Interrogation Mode: Spider-Man's voice is digitally altered to sound deep, distorted and intimidating in order to further mask his identity while interrogating criminals. However, this proves ineffective if they've previously heard him speak without the distortion.
- GPS Tracking System: In his right Web-Shooter, Parker has access to the suit's GPS tracking system via a holographic display, allowing him to follow the Spider-Drone and his Spider-Tracers. This feature also allowed Tony Stark to track his whereabouts at all times until its tracker was removed by Peter.
- Parachute: The suit has a built-in parachute, deployed from the spider symbol on his back once Spider-Man exceeds a certain altitude. Despite its utility, the parachute is a one-time use, requiring the suit to be resupplied after each use.
- Heater: The suit has a built-in heating system to keep Spider-Man warm. The heater was powerful enough to instantly dry up the suit if it is soaked in water, much to the satisfaction of a drenched Peter.
- Communication System: After Ned deactivated the Training Wheels Protocol, the suit was revealed to have a built-in communication system, as shown when Peter received a phone call from May Parker (which he denied when he was attempting to save his friends trapped in the Washington Monument) and entered a video-chat with Tony Stark. Prior to this, he was only able to communicate with Iron Man's team during the Clash of the Avengers via Bluetooth speakers, not with the actual suit.
|Appearances for Spider-Man Suit|
In chronological order:
- In most adaptations of the character, Peter Parker created his Spider-Man suit himself, while Tony Stark created the Iron Spider Armor for him during the Civil War. Peter's own Spider-Man suit is typically an ordinary costume without any internal functions, which he uses with his own independent equipment, such as his Web-Shooters and utility belt.
- The camera shutter-like eye lenses may refer to Peter Parker's occupation as a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle in the comics. It can also refer to numerous times in the comics where his eye lenses would show expressions by widening or squinting even though he's wearing a cloth mask.
- When activated, the "Instant-Kill" mode on Parker's tech suit makes him slightly resemble an alternate version of him called Assassin Spider-Man, who had black lenses.
- The homemade and Iron Spider suits resembles two of Ben Reilly's costumes as the Scarlet Spider and the second Spider-Man, though the former color palette is swapped, while the latter has different web shooter wrist bands.
- The original suit's design was also more similar to Spider-Man Noir's jacket-less suit which mostly appeared in the Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions video game and Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man animated series onwards.
- In fact, Ryan Meinerding, one of the concept artists who worked on Spider-Man: Homecoming, revealed an unused design of the homemade suit which bore a more striking resemblance to the Scarlet Spider.
- The Tech Suit borrows features from Doc Ock's first "Superior Spider-Man" suit, primarily in that the lenses feature a Heads-Up Display, facial recognition software and a visual com-link (among other features).
Behind the Scenes
- Each design of Parker's suits are all based on a variety of costumes he wore in the comics: the homemade suit's design is based on the Ben Reilly’s Scarlet Spider costume, the tech suit is an homage to the classic Steve Ditko costume, and the Avengers Suit is reminiscent of the Iron Spider Armor and Ben Reilly’s Spider-Man costume.
- The suit was mostly a CGI creation for Captain America: Civil War, but an actual costume was created for Spider-Man: Homecoming, to be worn by Tom Holland. However, Holland once again used a CGI suit for Avengers: Infinity War.
- Concept art for the tech suit also reveals that it initially held resemblance to the Superior Spider-Man suit from the comics.