With all the multitudes of surprises, guest stars and fan service found across Spider-Man: No Coming Homeit is difficult to say that the the last reveal of the film (without the post-credits scene) of Peter Parker’s new Spider-duds would even make a youop 10 list of “whoa!” from the movie moments. But there’s more going on with the outfit than just another chance for Marvel and Hasbro to sell a slightly different Spider-Man figure.
At least that’s what Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, the authors of No coming home, believe. In one video interview with IGN, they were asked about the shiny blue and red outfit Peter (Tom Holland) dons when he resumes websling through New York after asking Dr. Strange to erase it from everyone’s memory. It’s easily the most colorful iteration of the costume Spider-Man has ever worn in the modern superhero movie era, and the tones that McKenna thinks could have come straight out of a comic book. . He also thinks the new and different costume says “it’s a different Peter and a different Spider-Man than we’ve seen before.”
Considering everything he sees and loses in the film, it stands to reason that Peter would be a very different person to where he started. But for Sommers, the change the costume represents is even more ubiquitous than that: “We really like the idea of Peter entering a new phase of his life where he doesn’t necessarily have the help of a Tony Stark and all the access to all that technology and all that stuff.
Although some may disagree, that’s a good thing. Spider-Man was always the best and most compelling as a rambling underdog, who was always narratively hampered by the arsenal of Iron Man technology at his disposal. More importantly, though, the MCU’s biggest Spider-Man problem before No coming home is that he existed almost exclusively in the shadow of Tony Starkpreventing him from becoming the hero he should be – and the hero he seems to be in that cute sparkly costume at the end of the movie. He finally stands on his two (eight?) feet as a superhero.
But if you’re a gadget lover, it doesn’t look like Spidey’s new costume is completely devoid of goodies. According to Sommers: “So time will tell exactly what is in this combination. But I think people can expect a different kind of costume and a different level of technology, but maybe Peter has something hidden somewhere and he’s full of gadgets. Who knows?”
Sommers, McKenna, Marvel Studio boss Kevin Feige, and longtime Spider Man Amy Pascal film producer surely know, since a fourth MCU Spidey movie is already under construction. Meanwhile, No coming home is still in theaters and is currently slated for a digital release on March 22.
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