Finally, the latest “Captain America: Civil War” trailer has introduced the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man and, well, he looks quite a bit different than what’s come before on the big screen.
The biggest thing about the costume that stands out is how simple it is. It doesn’t look like something you’d wear when racing dirt bikes (Andrew Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and isn’t relying on unnecessary textures to make it visually pop (Tobey Maguire’s “Spider-Man”). Instead you get a classic red, blue and black costume — no frills needed.
For some, that’s simply not acceptable.
Perhaps everyone should calm down a moment and take the time to soak in the new costume, though. Firstly, Marvel released an image of Spidey taken from the trailer that looks far more detailed than what’s seen in that quick shot. Secondly, this is the classic Spider-Man many longtime Spider-Fans have been waiting for.
This is a Spider-Man costume pulled right out of the comics and ’60s animated series.
On the page and in cartoons, Spider-Man was never a character that relied on multiple textures or puff paint web designs or tactical armor. Spider-Man was a guy who built a spandex costume at home after he got bit by a radioactive spider. Now, after two takes on the character that failed to stand the test of time, Marvel and Sony decided to get back-to-basics with the web-slinger.
Anyone surprised by that clearly hasn’t been paying attention to what they’ve done with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, War Machine, Thor, Black Panther and any number of other MCU characters. They aren’t necessarily stylized versions of the comic book versions, as much as they are direct adaptations with small tweaks here and there.
That’s exactly what Marvel and Sony are attempting here and based on what little has been seen, it’s working. It’s en eye-opening design that you believe a teenager could put together in the real world, complete with a little suspension of disbelief over the squinting eyes that come directly from the pages of Marvel Comics. What’s more, thought was put into the functionality of Spidey’s costume.
A closer look at the images released by Marvel show not only the web-shooter Spider-Man employs, but reserve web fluid cartridges attached to his costume.
This is a Spider-Man that’s ready to join the MCU and hopefully, it’ll be one that fans embrace. After all, this is the third time Sony has relaunched the “Spider-Man” franchise since Tobey Maguire first debuted as Peter Parker in 2002. At a certain point, you probably need to stop rebooting and just call it a day. Given how tied this version if to the “Avengers” movies though, the chances of that happening are slim.
So get used to this Spider-Man, because he’s not going anywhere. And if you really hate the costume this much, remind yourself this was a couple of seconds in a trailer for a movie that doesn’t come out for months. How much do you really know about how he’s going to look when you sit down in theaters to watch “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6?