This summer's Spider-Man: Far From Home marked Tom Holland's fifth appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the beloved wall-crawler, and Spidey's seventh live-action solo film.
Over the past two decades, fans have gotten the chance to watch Peter Parker fall for several of his greatest love interests from the comics, fight alongside a variety of allies and take down a number of his most iconic adversaries.
Despite all the exposure we've had to Spider-Man on the big screen lately, only dedicated comic book readers know everything there is to know about the wise-cracking hero. The films haven't even touched on some major parts of Spidey's rich history, and aren't always entirely faithful to the Marvel Comics source material. Here are Spider-Man's Suit: 20 Things Most Fans Get Wrong.
20 IT WASN'T MADE BY TONY STARK
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Peter Parker fought crime in cheap sweats until Tony Stark came along. The genius billionaire philanthropist gave him an updated Spider-Man uniform that better resembles the wall-crawler's suit from the comics, and Peter immediately swapped out his homemade costume for this clearly superior version.
Peter does briefly wear a highly-advanced Spidey costume gifted to him by Stark in the Civil War comic storyline, but the uniform Spider-Man regularly wears was made by Peter himself.
19 STEVE DITKO DESIGNED IT, NOT STAN LEE
Everyone knows Stan Lee as the brilliant creator of Spider-Man and several other significant Marvel characters, but a different comic legend deserves the credit for the wall-crawler's iconic look. While Lee came up with the idea and concept for Peter Parker and his heroic alter-ego, Spidey's costume was actually designed by his co-worker Steve Ditko.
Lee himself stated that he thought Ditko deserves to be considered Spidey's co-creator, as he believed that Ditko's costume design was key to the character's success.
18 PETER SEWS HIS COSTUME HIMSELF
Peter Parker is a man of many talents. He's a brilliant photographer, a caring nephew and one of the world's greatest superheroes. He's also surprisingly good at sewing.
Peter can't exactly take his Spider-Man outfit in to a tailor for repairs or alterations, so he had to learn how to sew so he could fix it up himself. He's become quite the professional, and has repaired his costume from all sorts of rips and tears.
17 SPIDEY'S POWERS INITIALLY CAME FROM A MAGIC RING
When Stan Lee first starting running Spider-Man ideas around with Jack Kirby, the two comic book legends considered having teenage Peter Parker stumble across a magic ring which gave him superhuman powers and turned him into the adult hero Spider-Man.
Luckily, they realized that this was too similar to the origin story for The Fly, and abandoned the entire magic ring idea. Instead, Peter got his gifts from a radioactive spider bite, and he remained a teenage hero.
16 READERS HATED THE SYMBIOTE COSTUME AT FIRST
Many fans consider Spider-Man's black costume to be one of the web-slinger's most popular, but when Marvel first debuted this new look, people actually despised it. Comic readers were outraged that their favorite hero no longer had the classic red and blue costume he'd worn for years, and complained that Spidey's uniform was as iconic and unchangeable as Batman's and Superman's.
Possibly as a response to this outrage, writers soon explained that the new costume was actually an alien symbiote which Peter could reject.
15 THE SUIT'S WEB-SHOOTERS MAKE SPIDEY'S WEBS, NOT PETER
Any "fans" who haven't seen a Spider-Man film since Tobey Maguire was the man behind the mask likely have a completely wrong idea about the hero's webbing. In that original Spider-Man trilogy, Peter had the ability to shoot webs from his wrists, giving him no need to create the web-shooters that are typically a part of his suit.
Spidey was briefly given the gift of organic webbing creation at a few different points in the comics over the years, but his webs typically come from web-shooters that he used his scientific expertise to design.
14 THE LENS WORK LIKE TWO-WAY GLASS
Spider-Man has enhanced senses, and his additional spider-sense allows him to identify threats even when he can't see them coming with his eyes. That doesn't mean he goes around fighting blind, though!
The lens found on Spidey's mask actually work like two-way glass, allowing Peter to see out of them but preventing others from seeing through them.
13 ONE OF SPIDEY'S SUITS IS ACTUALLY MADE OF METAL
Spider-Man's adoration of Tony Stark isn't as big a deal in the comics as it is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it's possible that even comic Spidey took some major inspiration from Iron Man. Among his long list of alternate costumes is a suit made entirely out of metal, protecting the hero from several of his most dangerous villains.
In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, an alternate universe Peter Parker (whose wealth and success made him oddly reminiscent of Tony Stark) actually wore this metal suit as his primary Spider-Man uniform.
12 LOSING THE SYMBIOTE DIDN'T MEAN LOSING THE BLACK SUIT
While the initial fan reaction to Spider-Man's black suit was mostly negative, over time, readers agreed that it was cool to see the wall-crawler in the stealthy uniform. There's no way Peter was going to welcome the symbiote back onto his body, though, so to get him back in black, Marvel had Black Cat give Peter a cloth version of the costume and tell him that he looked sexier in it.
Peter mostly chooses to wear his red and blue suit, but every now and then, he pulls the black costume out of his wardrobe to change things up.
11 ONE SPIDER-MAN COSTUME HAS FOUR EXTRA ARMS
One complaint that some casual viewers and comic readers have about Spider-Man is that he doesn't have eight arms like spiders do. Peter did mutate and grow extra limbs in the comics once, but that wasn't a particularly well-received storyline and it was quickly undone.
When Doctor Octopus took over Peter's body and briefly became Spider-Man, however, he came up with a new look that better fit Spidey's name. He added four mechanical arms to his updated suit, and used them to become a "superior" version of his old foe.
10 MILES' ORIGINAL SUIT WAS A MERE HALLOWEEN COSTUME
Otto Octavius wasn't the only man who replaced Peter as Spider-Man. When Peter Parker died in Marvel's alternate Ultimate universe and teenager Miles Morales developed spider powers, he tried paying tribute to his fallen idol by donning a Spider-Man Halloween costume and fighting crime in his name.
People initially hated Miles' look, since it made him seem like a mere copycat who was insulting the original's image. The cheap quality of the suit definitely didn't help Miles, either.
9 A FAN CAME UP WITH THE BLACK SUIT IDEA
It's definitely surprising that Spider-Man fans failed to fully embrace the hero's black costume, because the idea actually came from one of their fellow comic enthusiasts.
Marvel held a contest in the early '80s for fans to submit their best creative ideas which would revamp classic characters, and a fan named Randy Shueller came up with Spidey's black suit. Marvel paid Shueller a mere $220 for an idea that, years later, ended up becoming one of the wall-crawler's most popular looks.
8 IRON MAN CAN CONTROL THE IRON SPIDER SUIT REMOTELY
In the MCU, Tony Stark was a fantastic mentor to Peter Parker and seemed to only want what was best for the teenage Avenger-wannabe. His motives weren't quite as pure in the Civil War comic storyline, when he gave Peter the fan-favorite Iron Spider uniform in exchange for his allegiance.
Sure, the Iron Spider suit was awesome, but Tony also gave it to Spidey so he could control him if Peter ever decided to switch sides. Tony was able to take over the costume's commands via a secret override.
7 THE MCU'S MASK IS THE MOST LIKE SPIDEY'S IN THE COMICS
Just as fans love to get into debates about who played the best Spider-Man out of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, Spidey enthusiasts can't stop arguing about which live-action uniform is the best.
The original Spider-Man trilogy gave us a costume that looks the most like the hero's uniform in the comics. But the MCU's web-slinger has the most comic-accurate mask, as its the first that allows viewers to see Spidey's facial expressions thanks to its mechanical lenses.
6 PETER DOESN'T NORMALLY HAVE A.I. IN HIS SUITS
Since the majority of Peter's Spider-Man uniforms in the MCU were created by Tony Stark, its no big surprise that they're each filled with incredibly expensive and advanced tech. Peter can ask an A.I. within his suit for advice and assistance, but he doesn't have that same luxury in the comics.
Peter is exceptionally brilliant and could probably come up with technology that could rival Stark's, but he chooses to keep it simple. There's no need for A.I. when you're one of the world's best heroes without it.
5 SPIDER-MAN ONCE REPLACED HIS MASK WITH A PAPER BAG
Peter claimed in Spider-Man: Homecoming that he was nothing without his Stark suit, but in the comics, Spidey is down to run around town in nothing but some spandex and a paper bag. Yes, that's right, he briefly ditched his suit and mask and protected the people of New York City with a literal bag over his face.
While Reed Richards was running tests on the symbiote uniform, Peter threw on an old school Fantastic Four costume and concealed his identity with a paper bag, becoming the hero fans have lovingly renamed " The Bombastic Bag-Man."
4 PETER KEEPS A CAMERA TUCKED AWAY IN HIS SUIT
Spider-Man doesn't have a utility belt like Batman, as the only weapons he needs on his uniform are his web-shooters. That doesn't mean he doesn't store anything in the waistband of his costume, though.
The camera Peter uses to photograph his heroics and sell to the Daily Bugle stays lodged inside of Spider-Man's costumes at all times, so he can whip it out whenever it's time to fight some crime. It can't be comfortable to swing around the city with a camera stuck to your waist like that!
3 SPIDEY'S COSTUME INITIALLY INCLUDED WEBBED ARMS
We're grateful that Stan Lee chose Steve Ditko's Spider-Man costume design over the magic ring and more bulky Captain America-styled look which Jack Kirby had suggested for the hero, but not even Ditko's initial design was perfect. It originally contained webbing under Spidey's arms, in an attempt to really make him as spidery as possible.
Years later, Marvel realized this extra webbing was entirely unnecessary. It didn't serve any functional purpose, so not even dedicated fans cared when it was removed from Spider-Man's look.
2 A REAL-LIFE SPIDER-MAN SUIT MAY ACTUALLY BE POSSIBLE
There's no way a radioactive spider could give people superpowers in the real world, but according to The Institute of Physics, it may be possible to create a suit which would give wearers Spider-Man's wall crawling ability.
Engineers discovered that by utilizing a select amount of adhesive substances that would essentially function as “microscopic Velcro," regular people could climb up structures. According to Professor Nicola Pugno, physicist at Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, “there are many interesting applications for our theory, from space exploration and defense, to designing gloves and shoes for window cleaners of big skyscrapers."
1 HIS BELT CAN CREATE A SPIDER-SIGNAL
Everyone knows that when GCPD Commissioner Jim Gordon wants to call on Batman, he turns on a gigantic Bat Signal which displays the hero's logo in the sky over Gotham City. Spider-Man doesn't have a signal the people of NYC can use to summon him, but he does have his own spider signal to warn people of his arrival.
In early Spidey comics, the web-slinger had a device on his belt which, when activated, broadcast a circular light which resembled his iconic mask.