Check Out the Rejected 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Costume Inspired by Doctor Octopus

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - 12:41PM
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 - 12:41PM
Check Out the Rejected 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Costume Inspired by Doctor Octopus
Image credit: Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures
If the dancing Spider-Man conga lines at Comic-Cons prove anything, it's that Spider-Man has had way too many alternate costumes over the years. Now, Ryan Meinerding, who provided concept art for the Wall Crawler's first MCU solo film, has shared a costume design for Homecoming that could have been. It was one of many, many pieces that Meinerding drew for the movie to help Marvel find the perfect look for the film, but it's particularly notable because it isn't actually based on a costume that Peter Parker has regularly worn. Instead, this costume belongs to Otto Octavius, better known as Doctor Octopus, or, more importantly, the Superior Spider-Man:




It would make sense that Marvel would want to find a costume design for Spidey that would set this incarnation of the character apart from those who came before. A similar thing was attempted with the first Amazing Spider-Man film, although it was ultimately unpopular with fans (because it looks awful) and was replaced with something more traditional for the sequel.

Again, in this instance, it's for the best that the Superior Spider-Man design was rejected for Homecoming. While the costume is very eye-catching and would have helped to set this version of the Webhead apart from previous cinematic appearances, the Superior costume is designed to look a little more sinister and creepy than would really work with the youthful, optimistic Peter Parker we get in the new movie.




Of course, it's entirely possible that Spider-Man's mechanized lenses in his mask come from this design—Superior Spider-Man is notable for having slightly more complex goggles which match Doc Ock's standard character design. In the comics, Doc Ock has a sensitivity to light which requires him to shield his eyes, and while we can't guarantee that this found its way to Peter in Civil War, he does mention a very similar ailment as the explanation for his own pair of goggles.

A possible Superior Spider-Man costume wasn't the only thing that could have been different in Homecoming. Mark Hamill himself has stated that he desperately wanted to play the Vulture, and that he's hoping for a future opportunity to star in the MCU in some capacity:

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"I don't want to jeopardize any potential roles I might have in a future Marvel film. I had my fingers crossed that Michael Keaton would turn down the Vulture but darn it. There's not a lot of villainous roles for senior citizens so I had my eyes on the Vulture."
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If Donald Glover can appear in Star Wars and a Spider-Man movie, Hamill at least stands a chance of landing a role in the sequel. Heck, he'd be a pretty good Doctor Octopus himself!

Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theaters now.
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