'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Prop Reveals What Spidey's Mask Looks Like on the Inside
Outside of creating art, a big part of our job in Visual Development is to come up with solutions and the visuals for how something might look on screen. This normally starts out as either something directly from the script or an idea from a director or producer. One thing that was discussed for Homecoming was that the suit could be turned inside out when Ned hacks into it. It was going to be a cool opportunity to see how much tech was in the suit and show that it was more than just fabric. We do get a glimpse of this in the movie. #spidermanhomecoming #spiderman #spidey #tonystark #tech #mask #digitalart #conceptart #visualdevelopment #problemsolving #moviemaking #marvelstudios #marvelcinematicuniverse
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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.