Another DLC, another set of fresh new Spider-looks.
Image: Sony

Another batch of Spider-Man DLC is out today, and you know what that meansā€”hot new spider-threads to collect, and take pictures (pictures of Spider-Man!) with. This time around, all three new suits are actually from the comics, so hereā€™s a quick little primer to their origins on the page.


Peter gets some new tricks up his golden sleeves in Civil War.
Image: Michael Turner (Marvel Comics)

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Iron Spider

Marvelā€™s Spider-Man already has the movieverseā€™s take on the Iron Spider suit, as worn by Tom Hollandā€™s Peter Parker in Avengers: Infinity War. But now itā€™s getting the original article, as introduced in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #529 in the run-up to Marvelā€™s mixed bag of a comic event, Civil War.

As you might guess by the nameā€”and its crimson/gold color paletteā€”the Iron Spider suit is named such because itā€™s a costume designed for Peter by Iron Man himself, Tony Stark. In Civil War, Tony advocated for superheroes to register their secret identities with the government to publicly act as licensed heroes. He convinced Peter to join him and publicly announce his identity as Spider-Man, and he also constructed Peter an actual protective suit, noting his usual costume was literally just cloth. The Iron Spider provided armor that could block bullets, multiple kinds of lenses for Peter to scan with, mesh underwings that allowed Peter to glide to the point of basically flying, and then, of course, the iconic mechanical arms that could pop out and attack Peterā€™s foes.

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As swanky an update as it was, Peter didnā€™t use it all that muchā€”he soon abandoned Tonyā€™s side in the pro-registration faction after his public reveal as Spider-Man led to MJ and his Aunt May being targeted by his foes, leaving the Iron Spider behind in the process. But its legacy would live on as Peter would eventually integrate some of Tonyā€™s ideas into future Spider armors. Speaking of which...

The ā€œdaringā€ Spider-Armor makes its debut on the cover of Web of Spider-Man #100.
Image: Alex Saviuk (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Armor Mk. I

Marks II, III, and IV of the Spider-Armor are actually already in the game, so it makes sense that we actually get the original now.

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The Spider-Armor was introduced briefly in the early ā€˜90s, and it was for one simple purpose: Peter needed to not be shot to death. Sure, he had Spider-sense that could let him dodge gunfire most of the time, but if he was actually shot at some point? All heā€™s wearing is cloth. So when the New Enforcers attacked New York in Web of Spider-Man, he developed what is basically his own shining knight in armor, made out of a metallic compound Peter researched himself at college. Although the Spider-Armor I could block high-caliber rounds from guns, it reduced Peterā€™s mobility significantlyā€”something he would go on to fix in later iterations of the design. The original Spider-Armor did its job, but it was ultimately destroyed in Peterā€™s battle with the Enforcers...because while it could stop bullets, it couldnā€™t stop acid. Whoops.

Peter Parker is on a quest for vengeance when heā€™s introduced into Marvelā€™s Mangaverse.
Image: Kaare Andrews and Dave McCaig (Marvel Comics)

Mangaverse Spider-Man

One of the biggest joys in Spider-Man is the cel-shaded ā€œvintageā€ comic suit, which does an incredible, technologically mind-boggling job of making it look like a piece of comic book artwork has come to life. So it seems like developers Insomniac are offering a spiritual sequel with this cartoony take on the Spider-Clan suit seen in Marvelā€™s ā€œMangaverse.ā€

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The Mangaverse was first created in 2002 as one of Marvelā€™s many attempts to flirt with manga and anime fans by offering stylized takes on its famous characters. Designated as Earth-2301 in the vast Marvel Multiverse, the Peter Parker of the Mangaverse was a young teenager, the last in the line of legendary ninjas of the Spider Clan. Taught by his Uncle Ben in the ways of martial arts before Ben was murdered by the Kingpin, this Peter went on a quest for revenge, training himself in secret. He didnā€™t even have any actual Spider-Powers until Mangaverseā€™s second wave of ā€œNew Mangaverseā€ titles finally decided to let him shoot webs for good measure.

As for the pastel cel-shading look the Spider-Man game gives the suit, itā€™s directly inspired by Kaare Andrews and Dave McCaigā€™s art in solo spinoff issue Mangaverse: Spider-Man, which adopted a flatter stylized look in keeping with the rest of the Mangaverse line. Hopefully itā€™ll look just as rad as the vintage suit!


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