We only really got a small taste of what Spider-Man’s new suit can do in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, but we’ll be getting to learn a whole lot more about its capabilities when Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters in exactly one month from today.
In a recent interview with CNET, Spider-Man star Tom Holland spoke a bit about the new suit, which was given to Peter by Marvel’s resident genius billionare playboy philantropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Holland compared the suit to something most of us actually already have in our own pockets:
“The suit is almost like the most advanced iPhone ever, you know? It can do so much. It helps him track people and it helps him listen into conversations and it helps him pick out threats and stuff. It’s just a really, really cool, fun way of integrating modern technology into a superhero from back in the day.”
The audience will not be the only ones learning more about the new Spider-Man suit, as Holland stated that Peter too will also be learning about it himself along the way:
“I think one of the exciting things about the movie is Peter doesn’t even know the bells and whistles of the suit. There’s a lot of surprises and there’s a lot of things that happen without him asking it to, which is funny. And there’s a really, really funny bit in the movie when that happens.”
While I think the costume looks fantastic, for me personally, I’m not that big a fan of the idea of Spidey having such a high-tech suit complete with its own Lady Jarvis and “576 possible web-shooter combinations.” While Stark making the suit for him is certainly preferable to the previous films’ costumes that we’re supposed to believe Peter made himself and it definitely makes sense that Tony would want to do all that he can to protect this young kid while he’s out there fighting crime, for me, Spider-Man doesn’t need a fancy suit to be a hero. He’s not Tony Stark. Now, I totally get that that’s kinda the whole point of Homecoming. From the trailers, it certainly looks like Tony’s going to get mad and take the suit from him, forcing Peter to put back on his old home-made one, but we all know that in the end, after Spidey saves the day, Tony’s gonna give the suit back and we’re gonna be right back to square one.
I’d be okay if all of this was just some temporary Iron Spider situation like in the comics, but this is supposed be his everyday suit going forward. One of the things I love so much about the character is that he gets put in these incredibly tough spots and has to figure out how to work his way out of it. Could you imagine, that time when he was trapped under the rubble in the sewers in the comics back in the day, and instead of reaching deep down to summon up the strength to free himself so that he could be there for his loved ones… he just dialed up The Hulk to ask for help lifting the crap off of him? Spider-Man is a super smart and resourceful character, let us see that. To me this suit just embodies today’s mentality of why know things when you can just Google it (God, I’ve become such an old man while writing this article).
Overall, this has just been the one aspect of the film that I haven’t overly fond of, but it’s been my only issue from what I’ve seen so far. Otherwise, I’m REALLY looking forward to this movie.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters July 7, 2017.