'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Prop Reveals What Spidey's Mask Looks Like on the Inside

Friday, 11 August 2017 - 10:20AM
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Friday, 11 August 2017 - 10:20AM
'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Prop Reveals What Spidey's Mask Looks Like on the Inside
Image credit: Ryan Meinerding
By this point, most Marvel fans simply take it for granted that when Tony Stark, Rhodey, and Peter Parker all put on their Starktech superhero suits, their heads enter some kind of black void where they can navigate their high-tech HUDs. In reality, it's not that simple—in addition to designing what these suits look like on the outside, Marvel also has to come up with a believable internal appearance, beyond empty black. So Ryan Meinerding, the Head of Visual Development at Marvel, has given us a look at what Peter's fancy Spidey suit looks like if you turn it inside out:




Well, that certainly doesn't look comfortable. At least Peter's homemade costume probably just has a Fruit of the Loom label on the inside! 

It's interesting to see the kinds of things that go into making the MCU feel real and believable. You can see Marvel's design team has gone the extra mile to give the suit a futuristic feel that's in keeping with the MCU's common theme of technological optimism—this is a world that's mostly like our own, but smart scientists are making greater headway with clean energy, medical equipment, and robotics that help improve the lives of people around the world (even if the superheroes get first dibs on all the cool stuff). The finished design strikes a good balance and doesn't go as far as the Superior Spider-Man-inspired costume that Marvel considered—it keeps the suit close to what fans are used to seeing, while still feeling thoroughly modern.

At the same time, this picture is a frustrating reminder of just how much Spider-Man loses from his comic book origin when he's trussed up in Tony Stark's most advanced piece of equipment yet. In the comics, Spider-Man has historically been a working-class hero, sewing up patches in his suit all by himself and doing the best he can without the luxury of expensive gadgets. Spider-Man feels a little less like Spider-Man when he's talking to the literal female J.A.R.V.I.S. AI assistant.

Besides, it also raises the important question of why Spider-Man gets a parachute in his suit when War Machine doesn't. Tony Stark has some explaining to do.

Spider-Man Homecoming is in theaters now.
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