15 Unknown Details About Spider-Man’s New Infinity War Suit –
Costumes are an incredibly important part of superhero movies. Unlike other films, superhero movies need their costumes to be stylish, memorable, and functional all at the same time since superhero suits often augment and inform the abilities of the heroes themselves.
When fans saw Spider-Man’s new suit in the trailers for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, they flipped out because it could only be one thing: The Iron Spider.
The Iron Spider is a special suit made for Spider-Man by Tony Stark to increase his combat capabilities during the Civil War event in the comics. In the MCU, Tony offered the suit to Peter Parker at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, to welcome him to the Avengers. Peter refused, of course, and so Tony has had to hold onto it ever since.
The trailers for the new film made it clear that Spider-Man took the suit to join the fight against Thanos’ forces, and so now curious minds need to know: just what is the Iron Spider, what’s its history, and what can it do? Find out in this list!
Here are 15 Unknown Details About Spider-Man’s Iron Spider Suit.
15. BLEEDING EDGE TECHNOLOGY
As seen in the recent trailers for Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man’s new suit uses technology from the comics: Bleeding Edge.
An extremely advanced technology, Bleeding Edge means his suit is essentially composed of nanotechnology; tiny particles able to move and change at will. You can see Iron Man’s suit shift and change even while flying in the recent trailer.
As recently noticed by fans, the Iron Spider appears to be made of the same material in the MCU, and this isn’t really a surprise, given the suit’s history. The Iron Spider was always reliant on nanotechnology for several of its most famous abilities (which you’ll hear more about later on in the list), and tying it to Iron Man’s most advanced suit tech makes a lot of sense.
14. IT HAS A DIFFERENT COLOR SCHEME IN THE COMICS
The multitude of trailers and TV spots for Avengers: Infinity War have given fans several glances at Spider-Man’s new Iron Spider suit, and from what we can see it has a darker red and blue color scheme, with gold highlights.
On the whole, it mostly just seems like a glossier, darker take on Spider-Man’s classic look.
But that’s not what the Iron Spider looked like in the comics. The original Iron Spider had a much brighter, redder color scheme. Designed to emulate the hot rod red and gold colors of Iron Man’s classic armor, the Iron Spider was clearly meant to demonstrate Spider-Man’s loyalty to Tony Stark. Since this isn’t such a point of contention in the MCU, it makes sense to steer away from that obvious parallel.
13. IT CAN DO EVERYTHING SPIDER-MAN’S FIRST SUIT COULD DO
One of the main subplots of Spider-Man: Homecoming involved Peter Parker figuring out everything his new, Stark-designed suit could do. Initially, Peter was limited to using the suit’s basic functionality, but as the film went on he hacked into its full capabilities, and then Tony took it away from him.
These capabilities included an array of webbing types, a reconnaissance drone, an onboard computer named Karen, and enhanced optical lenses, among others.
In Homecoming, Spider-Man discovered that the new suit (first given to him by Tony in Captain America: Civil War) greatly enhanced his combat abilities. It stands to reasons that the Iron Spider would keep all those assets, on top of all the things it adds.
12. UNLIMITED WEBBING
One of the benefits of Bleeding Edge’s nanotechnology is this upgrade to Spider-Man’s classic ammunition. Nanotechnology is largely used in sci-fi and other kinds of narratives relying on fanciful tech, as tool to explain why characters and machines can do things that should be physically impossible.
The Bleeding Edge armor certainly falls into that category, as Iron Man’s armor and the Iron Spider suit can do several things that simply aren’t possible.
The Iron Spider can manufacture Spider-Man’s proprietary webbing on the fly, essentially making it so that he can never run out of it.
11. ENHANCED ARMOR
As anybody who has watched his movies knows, Spider-Man can take a punch. The Iron Spider armor takes that to the next level, as it utilizes Stark technology to make the suit both flexible and durable. In the comics, the Iron Spider suit was designed specifically for combat against powerful heroes and villains, not to mention the fact that it was bulletproof.
The Iron Spider suit appears to use the same tech as Iron Man’s new armor, and you’ll remember in the trailers for Infinity War Iron Man gets punched by Thanos. Iron Man certainly doesn’t seem to take that punch well, but if you watch the shot, you’ll notice that his armor holds up with almost no visible breakage.
Another benefit of Bleeding Edge technology is its optical technology. Since the Iron Spider suit is made of nanotechnology, the particles can rearrange themselves to look how Spider-Man wishes them to. This is one of the abilities that likely won’t appear in the new film, as Infinity War has so much plot to move through it won’t have time to waste on explaining that Spider-Man can change his appearance at will.
In the comics, the Iron Spider allowed Spider-Man to appear however he wanted.
If he wanted to look like the classic Spider-Man (and not the souped-up Iron Spider), he could. If he wanted to look like he did with the alien symbiote Venom as his suit, he could.
9. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE COMICS HAVE WORN IT
The Iron Spider suit may be new to the MCU and made just for Peter Parker, but it’s a bit of a different story in the comics. Since the suit made its debut in the lead up to the Civil War comic event, Peter’s usage of it was somewhat contingent on him continuing to be on Iron Man’s side. Thus, when Spider-Man switched sides during the Civil War event, the door was opened for other people to try on the Iron Spider.
Aside from the Scarlet Spiders – three heroes employed by Stark to fight in the armor – there have been several other characters to take it for a spin.
8. IT’S (LITERALLY) IMPOSSIBLY SKINTIGHT
Marvel superhero movies have always been a mix of CGI and practical effects, and that interplay extends to the costumes. Most Marvel superheroes on the set of Infinity War had at least some practical element to the costumes, as the costume department tries to make them look as real as possible.
However, that just wasn’t possible for Spider-Man on set of the new film, as the Iron Spider suit was so skintight and physics-defying that they had to create the costume entirely out of CGI.
While everyone else on set was wearing costumes that cost thousands of dollars, Tom Holland was wearing a motion capture suit, which he says is most similar to wearing a pair of “pajamas.” The sneak peek into the secrets of the Marvel movie magic shows it isn’t as glamorous as it would seem.
7. IT CAN FLY
Web-slinging is one of the most recognizable and fun parts of Spider-Man’s powers, as he gets around by using his webs like Tarzan uses vines to soar through New York City. In the comics, the Iron Spider essentially makes that mode of transportation obsolete, as it allows Spider-Man to fly.
Another trait of the suit that makes Spider-Man more similar to Iron Man, the suit’s flight capabilities probably will not appear in the upcoming film.
Just like the tweaked color scheme, this demonstrates that the MCU’s Iron Spider isn’t meant to imply that Spider-Man is under the thumb of Iron Man. Giving Spider-Man the ability to fly would rob him of his unique way of getting around, but there’s always a chance that Spider-Man will get in a tight spot in Infinity War and surprise us all by flying away.
6. IT MANAGES BODY HEAT
At first, this may sound like a cute gimmick, as the Iron Spider suit can cool down Spider-Man’s body temperature so he doesn’t overheat amidst the exertion of battle. While this would be nothing to sneer at (given how Marvel superheroes’ costumes tend to be very hot), it actually fulfills a more important purpose.
The Iron Spider not only cools off the wearer, but can cloak the body temperature so much that it won’t be as visible on infrared cameras.
5. IT ADMINISTERS FIRST AID
The Iron Spider suit being made of nanotechnology opens a lot of doors in terms of the suit’s capabilities. The Iron Spider doesn’t just protect Iron-Spider from harm with its enhanced armor and offensive weapons; it can also heal him if he does get damaged. While not capable of anything terribly complicated, the suit’s nanotech can maneuver itself in ways to protect its wearer from, say, losing too much blood.
If the suit’s technology is smart enough to move around on its own and repair itself (and it is), it shouldn’t be a surprise that it can also repair its wearer.
4. MECHANICAL ARMS
Perhaps the most striking design element of the Iron Spider suit in the comics was its three mechanical arms, sometimes known as “waldoes.” The arms have a multitude of uses for Spider-Man in the comics, from combat to climbing to cameras stored in the tips to see around corners.
They’re light, flexible, and durable, and Spider-Man can stow them in a kind of high-tech backpack on his back.
While the trailers for Infinity War haven’t shown Spider-Man with any mechanical arms, that doesn’t mean he won’t have any. Several different toys based on Spider-Man’s appearance in the film hint he will have the waldoes, and they even appear to look the same as the mechanical arms that appear in the comic version. Remember, Spider-Man can store them on his back out sight, so it makes sense that we haven’t seen them yet!
3. IT CAN LISTEN IN ON POLICE CONVERSATIONS
It should come as no surprise that a high-tech suit designed by Tony Stark has the ability to tap into emergency broadcasts and even double as a police scanner.
Tony is known for his propensity for surveillance, as demonstrated both in the comics and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Spider-Man suit that Tony gives Peter even has tracking and recording to functions to monitor Spider-Man’s movements, called “The Baby Monitor Protocol” – more on that later.
Tony basically wants access to as much information as possible, and if he has to hack into police communications, that’s fine by him.
2. PARTS OF IT CAN DETACH
It’s not just the mechanical arms that give the Iron Spider its ability to help Spider-Man handle dangerous objects. While the waldoes are certainly helpful for picking potentially harmful things up, the Iron Spider’s nanotechnology allows it to also detach pieces of itself to cover such objects.
The Constituent Costume Containment could potentially even make radioactive asteroids safe to be around. The idea is that since the suit is made of nanotechnology, it can essentially move itself around on Spider-Man’s skin. If it can do that, it can move itself off of Spider-Man’s skin.
1. IT RECORDS EVERYTHING
In the MCU, the Iron Spider is the second suit Tony Stark made for Spider-Man. Both of them include cameras and an onboard computer, so it seems natural that the cameras record everything and send it to Tony.
In the MCU, Tony is more of a mentor figure to Spider-Man, so this facet of the suit isn’t worrying, as it seems clear that Tony is just looking out for Peter in a pseudo-parental fashion.
In the original comics, the Iron Spider’s recordings had a more sinister purpose. In the comics, the Iron Spider was created for Civil War, in which Tony Stark’s paranoia and authoritarianism reached their peak. He was wary of anyone betraying him, and so the Iron Spider watching Spider-Man’s every move became a symbol of a totalitarian surveillance state, and Tony’s mistrust of his allies. Hopefully he won’t go down that road in the MCU!