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We're Not Sold On The New Marvel Spider-Man Costume

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:55

High-Res Spider-Man Image

I like to think we here at Cosmic Book News hold ourselves to a higher standard than other sites or even some fans out there. Just because something might be "so and so" doesn't necessarily mean we - or anyone - should accept it or be happy with it. When you start to accept second best - or worse - don't be surprised if that's all you get.

That's why we continue to battle Marvel Comics over their "Cosmic" line -- even though that is how our site was created and started (Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy).

I'm also pretty happy with the fact we gave Star Wars: The Force Awakens a negative review. Checking out some reviews and comments online, they act like it was the next best thing since sliced bread. Funny. The same was said about Phantom Menace when it debuted.

Now we have Spider-Man.

Marvel and Sony recently gave us a first look at the new Tom Holland Spider-Man in the Captain America: Civil War trailer (watch below). I suppose it's safe to say the CGI/special effects (?) aren't yet finished with the new Spidey, but my overall impression is that I am not too impressed with the costume. It's way too bright and cartoonish. I was also left wondering what was up with the movement in Spidey's eyes? We just saw Deadpool do that, but as DP breaks the fourth wall, it can slide. I actually thought I was watching an animated version of the new Spider-Man in the trailer. Didn't they use a real actor (Holland?) in the scene, or is it totally digital? It came off more as the latter than anything practical. 

Update: A cool explanation for Spidey's squinty eyes has surfaced.

I also asked CBN's very own Chris "Doc" Bushley about Spider-Man. Chris' first impression? Remember Spider-Man in the Electric Company? Yep. Chris did point out in the new comics, Spider-Man's costume is almost like nanotech and can cover his body, which has a power source in his chest similar to Iron Man. Perhaps that explains how Spider-Man's mask can move with his expressions (I suppose)?

Spider-Man From The Electric Company

I also asked our movie reviewer Lawrence Napoli about his thoughts. Lawrence wasn't impressed as well. Lawrence says he was excited by the surprise, but instantly over it and somewhat underwhelmed by Spidey.

Brian Amey, who has written for us in the past, did offer up he liked the look and said the CGI is definitely unfinished. Brian did state it currently looks very flat and offers it will be intersting to see that the final version looks like.

As noted, this may not be the final look of the new Spider-Man costume, but we just want the best possible version. Admittedly, taking a close look at the high-res pic, the Spider-Man costume doesn't look all that bad. For a quick comparison, here is the Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire Spider-Man costumes followed by the Tom Holland:

"Captain America: Civil War" has  a May 6, 2016 release date directed by Anthony and Joe Russo starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt, Martin Freeman and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther.


Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

Captain America: Civil War Trailer With Spider-Man: