After a rash of alternate-version postings by concept artists depicting Hulk and Valkyrie, it was only a matter of time before more heroes had their alternative forms thrown into the fray. Most recently, it was Spider-Man and his introduction into the MCU.
As Captain America: Civil War approached its heroes, it also contended with concerns outside the film itself. There needed to be differentiated from Andrew Garfield’s skateboarding cool kid from the recent Amazing Spider-Man films so that this Spider-Man was clearly the one to last in the Marvel-verse. The suit was everything.
Civil War went high-tech and sleek, with small bracelet web shooters and minimal ridges or flourishes. That made Spidey look young, quick, and a bit fragile: perfect for introducing the younger hero to the Marvel films.
However, according to some concept art posted on artist Ryan Meinerding’s Instagram and Twitter, it wasn’t always going to be that way. Take a look:
The stripey, canister-laden costume is the bolder, more stylized version of the suit worn by Ben Reilly's Scarlet Spider in the comics. Reilly, a clone of Peter Parker (just read the comic, okay?), wears his spider big and modern -- but the closest we got to his wardrobe in the films is in the makeshift costume from Spider-Man: Homecoming.
A budget outfit that blended street clothes and the Spider-Man mask we know, Reilly’s youthful attempts at superhero spandex found their way onto the screen, so perhaps more of his costumery will spring up in later films?