Like everyone else right now, we’re obsessed with swinging around downtown Manhattan in the new Spider-Man game for the PlayStation 4. The game is chock-full of Spidey lore, villains, and easter eggs to dig into as you navigate Peter Parker through one of the best Spider-Man storylines ever produced, for a video game and beyond.
One of the best parts of the game is the more than two dozen varying suits you can collect and wear. From the cell-shaded classic Romita suit to Spider Noir to the Iron Spider, creators clearly took great care in selecting from the dozens of differing Spider-costumes Peter Parker has amassed through the years. Developers also went above and beyond, creating new suits like the Adi Granov-commissioned Velocity Suit and the game’s trademark advanced suit.
That said, there are still piles of costumes and characters in the Spider-Man universe designers could still tap for future expansion packs. From the classic 1980s black suit to Spider-Ham, we’ve compiled a small list of suits and alternate versions of Spider-Man we’d like to see included in DLC.
The Black Suit
Almost 24 years after its debut in Secret Wars #8, Spider-Man’s symbiotic suit aka the black suit is still the coolest suit next to Steve Ditko’s original in Amazing Fantasy #15. Originally pitched by a fan, the suit was designed by Marvel artist Mike Zeck at the request of then Editor in Chief Jim Shooter. Fun fact, at least one version of the suit was designed as black and red. (You can read about the history of the suit/Venom over here.)
Since this suit can shapeshift into anything Peter Parker imagines, the power set possibilities are endless. Unlimited webs, additional super strength, speed, endurance, healing factor... forget about it.
Amazing Bag Man
When Peter Parker finds out that his cool new alien suit is actually alive, he’s less than pleased. With the help of Reed Richards and the Human Torch, he’s able to separate from the symbiote when Reed uses a sonic weapon against it in The Amazing Spider-Man #258. Without anything to change into, Peter is at the mercy of his friend, the Torch.
Johnny Storm digs up an old Fantastic Four suit, sans boots, and a grocery bag for a mask. He’s also nice enough to include a ‘Kick Me’ sign on the back.
Created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong in 1983, Peter Porker aka Spider-Ham joined a varying cast of anthropomorphic characters including Captain Americat and Hulk Bunny. Spider-Ham had some of the best lines in Dan Slott’s Spider-verse arc a few years back and at the end of Secret Wars in 2016, joined with other Spider-people to form the Web Warriors. Next month, he’s set to return in the Spidergeddon event.
When the Uni-Power chose Peter Parker in The Spectacular Spider-Man #158, it endowed him with the powers, memories, and costume of Captain Universe. In the storyline, Spider-Man unknowingly used the power to defeat some of Marvel’s worst, including Magneto and Dr. Doom. In The Amazing Spider-Man #329, Spider-Man fully transforms into Captain Universe, using its power to defeat the Tri-Sentinel before it causes a nuclear meltdown. Drained, he returns to normal.
About a year later, Peter Parker returned as Captain Universe in a What If... storyline that followed what would happen if he had kept the Uni-Power. The ability to fly in Spider-Man would be cool for a while, but this game is all about web-slinging and swinging. Telekinesis, one of Captain Universe’s many powers could be the way to go if the suit was ever added.
Iron Spider Armor
Spider-Man has always tinkered with his suit, and in 1993, he finally created a fully armored version of it to fight off the Outer Circle, which included Blood Rose, Plant-Man, and Thermite. In the battle, the armor provides Spider-Man protection from Plant-Man’s seeds and Thermite’s high-temperature energy blasts. Unfortunately, by the end of the issue of Web of Spider-Man #100, the armor is destroyed.
Since Mark II and III of the Spider-armor are already featured in the game, it only makes sense to add the original.
Ben Reilly, Spectacular Spider-Man
Peter Parker’s clone Ben Reilly (long story) finally got his own title in 1996 with The Sensational Spider-Man #0. While several of Reilly’s suits, including two Scarlet Spider versions, already are included in this game, it would seem like an easy choice to include this one. In fact, high-quality renditions of this and the Superior Spider-Man costume were created for Spider-Man: Homecoming by Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development Ryan Meinerding, but never used. Meinerding shared the concept art for both early this year on Twitter.
In the late '90s story arc "Identity Crisis," Spider-Man is framed for the murder of a small-time thug by Norman Osborne and Trapster. As a stopgap, Spider-Man ditches his traditional suit and adopts four new personas. As Dusk, Peter Parker pretends to be a mercenary with a quiet and serious personality.
The Dusk costume allowed Spider-Man to become virtually invisible while lurking through the shadows, and to glide short distances. In Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #14, meant to predate Identity Crisis, Spider-Man teams up with Dusk and a group of rebels battling the tyrannical Blastaar.
The second spider-suit provided by the Fantastic Four initially appears in The Amazing Spider-Man #658, as Spider-Man joins the Future Foundation alongside Reed and Sue Richards and the Thing. The futuristic white and black suit is made from Unstable Molecules, thus it can repair itself, never get dirty, and change its appearance.
The Future Foundation suit has already made several appearances in games like Edge of Time and Ultimate Alliance, so it seems like a natural fit to add in.
Superior Spider-Man Mk II
When Peter Parker “died” in The Amazing Spider-Man #600, the Superior Spider-Man was born. Taking over the mantle, Dr. Otto Octavius donned a new suit and started to clean up New York as a new Spider-Man in his own series. The Superior Spider-Man suit is incredibly cool, not only for its dark, sleek look, but also all of the tweaks Octavius added. Those include a heads-up display on the interior of the mask’s lenses, retractable claws and talons, communications technology to control mini spider-tracers, and a new set of metal ‘spider-arms’ on the back.
Again, Marvel designer Meinerding created a version of the suit for possible use in Homecoming, but it was never picked up. The team at Sony and Insomnia would do well to reach out to him for this already exquisitely crafted suit.
With her debut in 2015, Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 became the breakout star of Dan Slott’s amazing Spider-verse storyline. The character’s design was eventually reworked by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, and was the first to incorporate a hood into a spider-suit. Spider Gwen is currently starring in her own title as well, in the Marvel Rising series alongside Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. Gwen also features heavily in the new Into The Spider-Verse animated movie scheduled for December.
With alternate versions of Spider-Man already in the video game (Noir, 2099), Spider-Gwen could be a great addition with the possibility of new storylines and DLC.
In The Amazing Spider-Man #100, Peter is sick of being Spider-Man. Using his science skills, he tries to craft a cure for his powers. Peter drinks it and soon falls into a nightmarish sleep where he fights his greatest foes. The bad news hits Peter when he wakes up with four extra arms.
In a later What If… issue, Spider-Man's extra arms allow him to defeat some of his worst foes including Thanos, Mephisto, and Venom.