Early 2000s Spider-Man test reel shows evolution of Raimi's suit

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Feb 8, 2013, 9:37 AM EST (Updated)

It’s hard to believe that its been more than 10 years since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man opened. Want a blast from the past via a recently unearthed bit of test footage showing the original version of Spidey’s suit?

We may be well into the rebooted universe now, but Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man film was one of the biggest superhero films ever made at the time. It kickstarted the modern superhero movie renaissance and showed that big-budget gambles on comic properties could actually pay off.

A big part of getting that right was the Spidey suit, and it’s interesting to get a look at a slightly more muscular version they were working on early in the process. Here’s the video description from Studio ADI breaking down the design:

The goal on Spider-Man was to invent a very flexible bodysuit that created a lean, muscular body form beneath the form-fitting spandex. It also required a very specific streamlined shell to project heroic facial structure beneath the hood. In this early test, custom printed shadows and highlights help define the sculpted muscles. Although toned down in later iterations, this first test was an exciting success.

Check out the test footage below: 

(Via Comic Book Movie)