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Traditional Red and Blue
First appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1
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, and mid-section. 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. 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 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. Also worn under the suit is his cartridge belt, which has a spider-signal on the buckle. The Amazing Spider-Man is playable in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #252, Secret Wars #8
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.
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, Mr. Fantastic. Mr. Fantastic 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 of the Our Ladies of Saints church to remove the suit. Many issues later, the suit secretly found and bonded to Eddie Brock, who became Venom.
First appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man #34
In Ultimate Spider-Man, 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.
Peter found that the 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. Ultimate Spider-Man will wear the symbiote suit, instead his original red and blue costume as unlockable costume in the upcoming video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
Spider-Man film series
In the Spider-Man 3 film, 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 increasingly violent, to the point where 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.
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 in 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.
Twice Spider-Man has 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". Another time without his suit, he was forced to go into action as "The Bombastic Bag-Man". He has never been seen as either incarnation since. This costume is unlockable for Amazing Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
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. Spider-Armor is an alternate costume in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, exclusive to the Spider-Man 2099 character.
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 Spider-Doppelganger 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.
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. Four different versions of the Cosmic Spider-Man costume (excluding the Ultimate Spider-Man will have a mixed up between the symbiote and cosmic powers) are a Playstation 3 and Xbox 360's downloadable pre-order bonus, later as released as Playstation Store and Xbox Live's downloadable content and then as a PC exclusive costume in which later as for the upcoming video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, one for each version of Spider-Man in the game.
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, though not 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. Iron Spider is going to be an alternate costume in the upcoming video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, exclusive to the Spider-Man 2099 character. It is also an alternate costume for Spider-Man in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 video game.
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Other Spider-Man costumes
Over the years, there have been numerous people that have worn Spider-Man like costumes. Here is a list of their costumes:
When Spider-Man's clone, Ben Reilly, took over as Spider-Man, he duplicated his classic red and blue costume and extended the spider motif's legs. During his career as the Scarlet Spider, he donned a blue vest with a spider insignia with a red shirt and mask. This costume will appear in the upcoming video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, exclusive to the Amazing Spider-Man character.
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.
Scarlet Spider (MC2)
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 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 Miguel O'Hara donned a costume similar to Spider-Man's, but with a more skull-like spider and 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 and a different skull-like mask. The 2099 Spider-Man is the only playable character who is not an alternate universed Peter Parker in upcoming Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions.
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.
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