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Spider-Man's Suits

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The Spider Suit,[1] Spidey-Suits[2], Spider Protector
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Originally made by Peter Parker to be his wrestling costume.
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These are the suits worn by the webslinging hero: Spider-Man.

Traditional Red and Blue

First appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15

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This is the traditional suit that Spider-Man has used throughout his career. It is made from a Lycra and spandex body suit. The costume is mostly blue with red gloves, boots, mid-section, and mask. Peter designed a web pattern that covers the red portions of the suit, starting at the mask. The suit also has a black spider in the center of the chest and a larger red spider on the back, both of different designs. The mask has plastic lenses with a chrome covering that allow Peter to see out, but no one can see in. The lenses also protect Peter's eyes from dust particles and the glare of the sun while he is swinging through the city. In addition, the mask helps to conceal Peter's identity by muffling his voice, thus making it unrecognizable to others. He also wears a twin set of web shooters on his wrists under the gloves. A web cartridge belt is also worn under the suit, which has a spider-signal on the buckle.

Symbiote Costume

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The Symbiote

First appearance:

Black Suit: Amazing Spider-Man #252, Marvel Team-Up #141, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #90

Spider-Man appeared wearing the Black Suit in all three of these issues in May 1984. While the events that take place in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 happen before the events in the aforementioned three comic books according to Marvel's continuity, it was not actually released for another seven months after they were published. In fact, by the time Secret Wars #8 was released in December of 1984, Spider-Man's Black Suit made no less than twenty-one previous appearances.

As a Symbiote: Amazing Spider-Man #258

In the Marvel Secret Wars series, Spider-Man's costume was torn during battle and he was sent to a machine that would repair it. Unknown to Spider-Man, the machine was actually a prison that contained an alien symbiote, which copied Spider-Man's thoughts about the costume worn by Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), and created a duplicate of it.

Both during and after the Secret War, Spider-Man learned that the costume could respond to his thoughts, change its shape, and create a seemingly unlimited amount of organic webbing. However, after wearing the suit for some time, he began to feel unusually tired and consulted his friend, Reed Richards. Richards said that the suit was actually an alien creature and that it was taking him web-swinging every night while he slept. Spider-Man then had Mr. Fantastic remove the costume using a sound wave generator, as its only weaknesses are loud sound waves and intense heat, and locked it in a protective case. The suit eventually escaped and hung itself in Peter's closet, disguised as one of his red and blue costumes. Unfortunately, Peter grabbed the symbiote and it reattached itself to him, which forced Spider-Man to use the bells housed in Our Ladies of Saints church to remove the suit. Many issues later, the suit secretly found and bonded to Eddie Brock, who became Venom.

Ultimate Symbiote Costume

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First appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man #34

The symbiote costume has an almost identical appearance to the Earth-616 version. The costume was the result of Richard Parker and Eddie Brock, Sr.'s search for a cure for cancer.

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Eddie Brock with the symbiote suit as Venom

Peter found that this new suit enhanced his strength, gave him the ability to mentally generate webbing, and made him immune to bullets. However, he quickly discovered that it also made him increasingly violent, and the suit even grew a set of teeth during an encounter with a thug. After getting electrocuted (which nearly killed Peter), the suit separated itself from him. Peter later destroyed the sample of the cure that Eddie was keeping. However, Eddie had another sample and used it to become Venom.[1]

Spider-Man film series Symbiote Costume

Spider-Man in Black

First Appearance: Spider-Man 3
(May 4, 2007)

The suit was an alien symbiote that oozed out of a meteoroid and bonded to Peter. It resembled his normal suit, except black in color and with different spider designs. The suit caused him to act aggressively, enhancing the darker qualities of his personality, but he continued wearing it because it made him faster and stronger than before. The suit caused him to become so violent, he tried to kill Sandman, severely wounded Harry Osborn by throwing a pumpkin bomb at his face, and hit Mary Jane Watson. Peter later removed the suit in a way similar to the Earth-616 version.[2]

Black Cloth Suit


Non-Symbiote Black Suit

After Spider-Man removed the symbiote suit, his girlfriend, the Black Cat, made him a non-living duplicate, as she thought it was "sexier" than his red and blue suit. While the two suits were used interchangeably initially, the black suit eventually became Spider-Man's primary suit after his red and blue suit was destroyed.

However, after Venom's attack on his wife, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, she forced him to abandon the suit for good. Thereafter, he only occasionally wore the black suit as a last resort, when his red and blue suit was out of commission. He returned to wearing the black suit for a brief period of time after his Aunt May was dying in a hospital due to an attempt on Peter's life by Wilson Fisk. With Kraven's resurrection during The Gauntlet, Spider-Man uncovered a copy of the suit left as a taunt by Kraven while searching for his clone, Kaine, and wore it while defeating the Kraven family.



It's best not to ask

First appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man #256 Twice has Spider-Man been forced to abandon his usual costume. When he lost the symbiote costume, Spider-Man was forced to use an old Fantastic Four costume, with a paper bag mask and a "Kick me" sign on his back. He was then sent into action as "The Amazing Bag-Man".[3] Another time without his suit, he was forced to go into action as "The Bombastic Bag-Man".[4]



First appearance: Web of Spider-Man #100

When the New Enforcers attacked New York using high-caliber firearms, Spider-Man created an armored spider-suit. Composed of a pseudo-metallic compound Peter developed at Empire State University, the suit slowed him down, but defended him from the firearms. During battle, the suit was destroyed by acid. There has also been a Mark II and Mark III Spider-Armors.[5]

Six-Armed Spider-Man

Peter Parker (616) as he appears in THe Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 526

At one point, Peter decided to quit being Spider-Man. He developed an untested serum that would remove his spider-powers. However, the serum instead magnified his spider traits and he became the Six-Armed Spider-Man. With the help of Dr. Curt Connors (Lizard), he was able to get rid of his extra arms. During this transformation, he simply had holes in his costume for his four extra arms. The Doppleganger took a variation of this costume, but added arm coverings.

A similar occurrence happened later when Spider-Man inhaled the toxic fumes of Plantman's mutagenic plants.

Cosmic Spider-Man


The Uni-Power

When a lab accident granted Spider-Man the Uni-Power, his costume was cosmically changed into the Captain Universe outfit by the Uni-Power. This form gave him incredibly enhanced senses, strength, speed, flight, and limited telekinesis.

Iron Spider Armor


Iron Spider Armor

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man 529

At the beginning of the Civil War prologue storyline, "The Road to Civil War", Tony Stark fabricated a new red and gold costume for Peter, utilizing much of the same technology used for his Iron Man suit, with the main difference being the suit's mesh-like quality. This new suit provided Peter with advantages he never had before in other costumes such as radio transmission scanners and receivers, multiple biological sensors for himself and others (such as EKG readings, pulse rates, etc.), multiple vision settings, deflection of small caliber firearms, and limited gliding capabilities. The Iron Spider costume also provided Peter with three retractable pseudo-arms, named waldoes, though they weren't ideal for fighting. If Peter ever felt that he would like a change of pace in his appearance, Stark also built in a feature for the costume to change its appearance at Peter's will. This was an ideal feature for Peter because he never had to worry about trying to hide his suit in public.

Despite all of these new advantages, Peter was still concerned with features in the suit not told to him, and the possibility that they may be used by Stark to control him. These fears came to fruition when Peter realized that he made the wrong choice in the Civil War, and while attempting to flee preemptively from Stark, the two fought. Iron Man initiated an override feature built into the Iron Spider costume to disable Peter. Foreseeing this confrontation, and much to Stark's surprise, Peter had built in an override for Stark's override and ceased using the suit. It was proved even more so when they faced off again and Stark told Peter that the suit gave him a rare opportunity to examine Peter's "Spider-Sense".

In Avengers: The Initiative, this costume was replicated and given to three clones of Michael van Patrick, who became known as the Scarlet Spiders.

Fear Itself

Peter as a member of the Mighty

Spider-Man Fear Itself

During the Fear Itself story many Heroes were given Armour made by Tony Stark to battle Cul Borson the Serpent and his Worthy. Spider-Man was one of the ones that was given one of these armors it was only seen in this story line and is presumed to be in Asgard. It is unknown what features it has but it was made using Uru so it is presumed that it is tough and it also has blades that can be used to attack. It also changed the appearance of Spider-Man's red and blue suit to an all blue one with bright blue lines replacing the black webs on his normal suit.

Spider-Man's Stealth Suit

Spider-Stealth Suit Mark I

Peter's original design

Peter Parker (Kaine) (Earth-616) as Scarlet Spider

Kaine's version

Spider-Man created this suit to combat the Hobgoblin's sonic Screams; the suit warps light and sound around it, rendering it invisible.

It was later used by Kaine, to defeat Spider-Queen. The costume's new color was a consequence of the suit being locked in that design, which was made on purpose by Madame Web, who wanted it changed for what the Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) meant in Kaine's past.

Originally Kaine could not make the suit change colors until he thought hard enough to change it back to its original colors.

Future Foundation Suit


Future Foundation Suit

This suit was created for Spider-Man when he joined the Future Foundation following the death of the Human Torch. It is made from Unstable Molecules, thus it can repair itself, never get dirty, and change its appearance.[6]

Other Spider-Man Costumes

Over the years, there have been numerous people that have worn Spider-Man-like costumes. This is a list of their costumes:

Ben Reilly

Scarlet Spider

Ben Reilly as Scarlet Spider

When Spider-Man's clone, Ben Reilly, took over as Spider-Man, he created his own version of the classic red and blue costume, extending the spider motif's legs with a different design on the boots and gloves.
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Ben Reilly's Spider-Man suit

During his career as the Scarlet Spider, he donned a blue sleeveless hoodie with a spider insignia and a completely red bodysuit. He also wore his webshooters and utility belt outside of his costume, as opposed to Peter who wore them underneath.

Scarlet Spider II

Joseph Wade (Earth-616)

Joseph Wade (Scarlet Spider II)

A man named Joseph Wade was transformed by Carolyn Trainer, an assistant of Doctor Octopus, into a virtual reality being due to an accident. He took on the guise of Scarlet Spider II and appeared in an all-silver Spider-Man costume with red eyes and a red symbol.

Scarlet Spider (MC2)

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MC2 Scarlet Spider

First appearance: Spider-Girl #37

In the MC2 reality, Felicity Hardy, daughter of the Black Cat, fights crime as the third Scarlet Spider. She uses a costume similar to Ben Reilly's Scarlet Spider costume, but with a silver vest.

Blood Spider

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Blood Spider

Blood Spider was a copy of Spider-Man created by the Red Skull and Taskmaster. It donned a costume similar to the black symbiote costume, but with a webbing storage tank on its back with loose wires leading to its wrists. The suit was said to have micro-suction cups to allow him to cling to walls.

Spider-Man 2099

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Miguel O' Hara as Spider-Man. In the year of 2099.

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #365

Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man of the year 2099, donned a costume similar to the original Spider-Man's, but with a more skull-like spider and much more blue throughout. This costume was made of Unstable Molecule Fabric (similar to the costumes of the Fantastic Four) and also featured a cape made of a web-like material called Lyte Byte and a different skull-like mask. This outfit was originally worn during a Day of the Dead festival.

Spider-Man 2211

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Spider-Man of the year 2211

First appearance: Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man #1

Max Borne, the Spider-Man of the year 2211, first appeared in the Spider-Man/Spider-Man 2099 one-shot. His costume had a different color scheme and no webbing marks, but had the same patterns. His mask was a mechanical helmet and he had four red mechanical arms similar to Doctor Octopus' mechanical arms.

Miles Morales

Spider-Man (Earth-1610) from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 2 1

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man

After officially becoming Spider-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. gave Miles a new red and black costume because his makeshift costume was considered to be in "Bad Taste."[7] After the death of his mother at the hands of Venom, Miles ripped up his costume yelling "No More!" [8] One year later, Spider-Woman gave him a new suit and a set of Web-Shooters.[9]

Superior Spider-Man

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Superior Spider-Man's 1st suit

During Doctor Octopus's seemingly final days, he switched bodies with Peter Parker. In the final battle with between the two, Peter Parker supposedly died in Octavius' body. During the battle, Peter showed Otto his experiences memories as Spider-Man, causing Octavius to vow to become a superior Spider-Man. Octavius then assumed the identities of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man. To make himself a better Spider-Man,

Otto Octavius (Earth-616) from Superior Spider-Man Team-Up Special Vol 1 1 001

Superior Spider-Man's 2nd suit

Octavius designed a new suit similar to the original Spider-Man suit, but with some modifications, these being that blue on the original costume was now replaced with black, the design of the symbol on the back was changed, the web design on the mask (mainly around the nose) was changed, the design of the belt is spikier, the lenses on the mask were now made of glass and could show a Heads-Up Display, all of the fingers on the gloves have retractable claws on them, and the big toe on both boots is separated from the rest of the foot and both have retractable talons. He further modified it, lacing carbondanium in the mask to prevent a mind-switch, a built-in communications device to activate nano spider-tracers, and creating "spider-arms" on the back; as a possible homage to his previous identity.


According to the book Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide by Tom DeFalco, Peter had heard that his school's dance team were throwing out old bodysuits, snuck into school after dark, found one that fit him, obtained two two-way mirrors from the Drama Department's prop closet (for his mask lenses) and spent an hour silkscreening the web pattern onto the bodysuit in the art room. With this, he created his first Spider-Man costume.


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