Spider-Man Will Fly On New 'Web Wings' in 'Homecoming'
We got to see Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man in his famous entrance in Civil War, but all eyes are now on the premiere of Homecoming, which will hopefully create a longer-lasting series than Andrew Garfield's not-so-stellar run. Other movies have played around with Peter Parker's famous web-shooters, but not much attention has been paid to Spidey's costume, which has stayed pretty much the same over the years. However, while attending a Brazilian comic convention, CCXP 2016, Marvel's Ryan Penagos was there to see a new, short clip from Homecoming and tease the newest addition to Tom Holland's costume: web wings.
There's a case from Tony Stark with an "upgrade" for Spidey. Then we see Spidey leap off a building, open his arms, web wings! #ccxp2016 2/?— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) December 2, 2016
As io9 clarifies, the "building" Spider-Man is leaping off of is the Washington Monument, whose height allows him to glide like a garishly dressed BASE jumper. The video clip itself has not been released publicly yet, but we should be getting an official trailer soon.
As Penagos mentions in another tweet, the web wings are not a novel idea—they're actually quite retro. One fan has pointed out that Spider-Man was originally drawn with webs under his armpits, though probably more for ornamentation than actual flight capabilities. In fact, Spider-Man's webs in the comics were used for pretty much everything but wings—skis, parachutes, rafts, clubs, even shields (not to mention a fully functional boat, propeller, and motor). One of the early problems, according to this unofficial history of Spider-Man, was that Stan Lee thought Spider-Man looked too much like "Captain America with Web Shooters" and asked Steve Ditko to make him more unique. Hence, the little spider-wings.
This time, though, it looks like these wings are coming courtesy of Tony Stark and meant to be an upgrade for Parker's suit. We imagine they'll come in very handy against the major villain of Homecoming, the Vulture, whose new wingsuit and claws (different from the well-treaded promo image we're familiar with) were apparently leaked in a toy photo. Spider-Man has never had trouble getting around Manhattan, but his new wings may help him dogfight the Vulture on his own terms.
We can't wait.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits US theaters on July 7th, 2017.