Now that SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME has opened, it is time to indulge in one of my favorite ridiculous pastimes: costume ranking! That’s right, it has come time to rank all the Spider-Man live action cinematic costumes from the time of Raimi forward!
Spider-Verse costumes have been omitted as they are animated and thus do not face the same physics and such. But rest assured, Noir, Miles’ Suit, and Spider-Gwen would be very well ranked!
All right, now counting down from worst to best, here we go!
10. The Alien Costume
Given how great the SPIDER-MAN films realized the classic spider-suit, this one was a huge disappointment. Classic suit but black looked fine on-screen but the lack of effort just bums me out.
9. The Return to Classicism
This suit from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is good and classic. But it also represents a retreat from trying to be different from top to bottom. ASM2 turned out pretty badly but this was the first hint for me that they were making a movie on their heels, trying to appease rather than create. In a vacuum, this ranks high. But this isn’t a vacuum so I have to rank it in context.
8. The Iron Spider
Similar to above, I wish they went more towards the comic book color scheme/look. More the problem is, though, I suspect, is it looks kind of like shimmery paper in FAR FROM HOME. It was the one disappointment in that movie I had. If I was ranking these after ENDGAME, I suspect it would go higher.
7. Homemade Wrestling Togs
It’s fine. Good even. Maybe I just link it too closely to the weird bit of homophobia in the scene, the most dated part of Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN films. I don’t love the spider web pattern on the front of the costume either. Feels too costume department, I guess, considering how (wonderfully) slapdash the rest is.
6. The Stealth Suit
I wanted to like this more than I did. I think me expecting a version of the Noir costume which is all black but still feels distinctive hurt this suit. It just felt a little generic to me in practice. It is kind of a “so close to awesome” effort that I am probably judging too harshly.
5. Friendly Neighborhood Homemade Suit
I love it! It feels SO perfectly homemade. The googles strike me as really cool and a nice half measure towards the opaque eyes of the “real” costume. And it kind of evokes Scarlet Spider’s comics costume and I am just never going to be mad about that.
4. The “Basketball” Costume
There are like eight people on earth that think the team behind AMAZING SPIDER-MAN made the right choice with this costume. Darker in color scheme and rubberized in appearance (hence its nickname) it evokes the classic Spider-suit without just being a pale shadow of the original. As soon as the decision was made to make AMAZING another origin story, albeit one that was supposed to be more about Peter’s parents, it was already an uphill battle to be anything more than Raimi-lite. This costume is one of the few choices that was definitively different in a way that I still think really worked.
3. The Wing Suit
FAR FROM HOME’s final suit, beyond the use of black (or is it dark blue?), is only subtly different than the “Tiny Spider” edition. The changes it makes, though, are pretty cool. I especially like the slight alteration in the shoulders and sides to create new more definite lines in those areas. The very white spider on the back really pops nicely too. I’m basically only ranking it lower because I’m a bit of traditionalist re: the costume coolers.
2. The Tiny Spider
In some ways more impressive then #1 (really fabric, no raised webbing, etc) it lose points for that darn spider. It’s just too small. I know that’s super petty, but whatever. When you have some great costumes to rank, petty is necessary. I do adore those shuttering eyes though.
1. Raimi Classic Spider-Man
Look, it is basically perfect. This costume perfectly recreates Spider-Man’s longest running and best-known look with basically zero changes. Never before and not again until IRON MAN did we see such a perfect on-screen recreation of a comic book costume that did worked on-screen.