Ever since it’s debut in the 1960’s spider-man’s suit has been one of, if not THE, greatest super hero costume in the industry. Distinct, stylish, and slick, it’s basic design has remained unchanged yet every artist has placed their own mark on the costume subconsciously. From Todd Mcfarlene’s massive triangular eyes to the gradual shift from black to blue as the offset color, some of these changes have lasted longer than others.
A good spider-man game is as defined by it’s rendition of the suit as it is it’s web swinging, and if you can nail it dweebs like me will sink hours just to see it in motion. Yet the default suit is only the surface, over his 50 year history spidey has had a number of alternate suits that have helped artists and writers leave a distinct mark on the character, while also attempting dethrone the end all be all of suits. Some have come closer than others but almost all of spidey’s wardrobe are worthwhile additions. This has made a solid wardrobe for players to pick through a surprisingly potent selling point, and I’ve spent a lot of time with some sub par spidey games just because of the apparent love and care put into designing and animating alternate outfits.
It seems poetic that Insomniac has the next shot at sucking up my free time as I fondly remember playing Ratchet and Clank 3 over and over, dozens of times only to truly see the cutscenes again with a new skin. Despite everything else being identical there was something strangely refreshing about seeing the same story with a new hero, especially one as well designed as say, Brainius.
With a recent leaked image seemingly verified (some devs warned about staying off reddit when it appeared) showing off the suits, I wanted to take some time to explore these suits and give context to the more casual spidey fan as to where they’re from, what they mean, and try to guess why they were chosen. Some spoilers ahead for the game, but I wouldn’t worry too much. If you know who mr. negative, you really don’t have anything to worry about.
I’ve broken these suits into categories to keep from repeating myself, and outside of that i’ll mostly put them in order of appearance: