“Rabobi, Rabobi, yanga sizwe Rabobi.” There is literally only 5 seconds of Spider-Man footage in the latest trailer for Captain America: Civil War, but that was more than enough for fans to get excited about Spidey finally joining the Marvel Universe.
Coming out like a “post-credits” scene to the new trailer, we finally got our first look at Tom Holland, who is taking over from Sony’s Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield, as the new Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. It’s a perfect introduction to the character who yells, “Hey, everyone”. But he’s not just talking to the Avengers, he’s talking to us.
Of course, the Webslinger appears to have changed his costume yet again (mechanical webshooters confirmed), now donning what looks like the familiar Silver Age-inspired design. To some, it might seem like a CGI mess, but let’s look a little closer.
It’s a much simpler design – without the bold lines and textures thrown in the way of the red and blue costume (with a basketball-esque texture). It’s a tough job redesigning something so iconic, but it needed to be different (but recognizable) from what we’ve already seen in the last fourteen years. While most people were hoping for something more like the Spider-Man costume from the Civil War comics, it’s important to note that audiences need to recognize the character. I’m sure you’ll all agree, that yes, that’s Spider-Man – despite the isty-bitsy spider logo. The eyes, however, are the most interesting part of this new suit. They’re a lot more like the comic books.
Just comparing to the suits from the past, and you’ll appreciate how much more Marvel-like the new look is.
Steve Ditko was the first artist to draw Spider-Man, and he’s the one who defined the eye lenses, the ovular-shaped back spider logo, and the red belt.
So the truth is that Marvel could not have designed a more nostalgic look. There are a few additions, like the black strap on the arm that looks like an impossibly thin health monitor (perhaps this is Iron Man’s influence?). With some fans very quick to judge these days, it may be best to leave the full treatment until the cinema release. After a number of film disappointments from one of the world’s best-known superheroes, taking him back to his roots is the best way to get everyone excited about him again.