September is here and with it a deluge of amazing new games! It's only been a couple weeks and I’m already behind in all of the great content what with Dragon Quest XI, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Marvel's Spider-Man, and a few other. It's a good feeling even though the weight is crushing. Hype aside let's dial things back to one of those games: Marvel's Spider-Man. It's not a surprising statement by this point, but it is very good. I don't think it's as good as the last big PS4 exclusive, God of War, but it's fun in a different way. As a Spider-Man fan, it's a dream come true even if it has problems. Hey, every stellar AAA title has issues even the ones that are reviewed as "perfect" or close to it.
That's not what I'm here to discuss though. We already posted our thoughts on some of the game's more troublesome issues. No, I'm here to talk about fashion. There are over twenty suits in the game and they draw inspiration from all over the webslinger's rich history. There are callbacks to various arcs in the comics, movies, and a few are original for this game. Not all suits are created equal so of course, there is bound to be some duds. Basically, my picks are all based on looks with a little bit of power thrown in. That's how I ranked them. As for what you're about to read, well, prepare for a history lesson.
20 Best: Advanced Suit
The Advanced Suit was created specifically for Marvel’s Spider-Man, or as I like to call it, Spider-Man PS4. Now the white gauntlets, white emblem, and the sneaker like feet were weird at first, but now I've grown to like the suit a lot. For those unaware, each suit comes with a special power. The Advanced Suit charges up your Focus Meter, which lets you deal out finishers, or in my case, heal. It's the most useful ability in the game!
19 Worst: Scarlet Spider Suit
Oh boy. This one needs some explaining. So the Scarlet Spider came about in the comics around the mid-1990s. It was during an arc when readers found out Peter Parker had a clone named Ben Reilly who then became the Scarlet Spider. As you can imagine it gets pretty crazy since clones are involved. Anyway, it’s a dumb costume. That might just be my bias against sleeveless T-Shirts. They just look ridiculous to me. The pure red undersuit looks like Carnage though, which is pretty cool I guess.
18 Best: Classic Suit
Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962 wherein a year later he would get his own series. Either way that’s old and yet somehow he’s just as relevant and popular today as he was back then.
A classic suit for a class act.
His costume has changed over time, but in terms of his classic costume, it has not. Well, it kind of has. He used to have webbing gliders under his armpits, but in terms of the blue and red, yeah, it’s been the same since 1962.
17 Worst: Spider Armor MK II Suit
I'm not a fan of this suit, or any of Spider-Man's armored pieces, but I will admit they make sense. Speaking of senses, that's exactly why Parker made this suit in the comics. There was an arc wherein Parker loses his Spider Sense, which was essentially like his armor. Without it he needed real armor to compensate. As you can imagine this isn't the first, or last time he will lose this power either. So what's wrong with the suit? What’s up with those eyes? They look like gold eyebrows.
16 Best: Noir Suit
The last good Spider-Man game prior to Marvel's Spider-Man was Shattered Dimensions all the way back in 2010. Yep, it's been that long. In it, you take on the role of four different versions of Spider-Man including his Noire version. Now I thought that was created for the game, but actually, it was indeed from a comic a year prior, which was set in the 1930s. He even used a gun! It's a pretty awesome take on the character, which is why this costume is so awesome. It's like Batman and the Rocketeer had a spider baby.
15 Worst: Spider-Punk
So the Spider-Punk costume looks like it was designed for a 70s, or 80s era of comics, but I was incredibly wrong. I was off by about thirty years. This was a 2014 premiere.
More like Spider-Puke.
Hobart Brown is from a universe wherein Osborn becomes the president and is, of course, leading tyrannically. Hobert becomes this Spider-Man to lead a revolt. That's just the basic premise. As for the costume, well, just look at it. The spikes on his head are dumb enough, but the sneakers and vest are like icing on a moldy cake.
14 Best: Stark Suit
Tony Stark's take on Spider-Man first appeared in Civil War where at long last the webslinger joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was a dream I'm sure I shared with a lot of Marvel nerds. The only thing missing from the MCU now are the X-Men. Anyway as for the suit it's pretty much the classic, but with a few extra black streaks. It's a modern classic if you will. The tech fits with the times while not being too flashy.
13 Worst: Wrestler Suit
So I thought this was a reference to the 2002 Spider-Man movie, but it’s actually from a 2000s era comic. Now part of Parker's history, throughout most of his origin stories, dictates that after he got bit he became a wrestler to make some quick money. This also leads to his Uncle Ben's demise, which also prompts him to become Spider-Man. It's a good origin story, but it doesn't make his costume any less goofy. Also, as a side note, something feels off about seeing Parker's hands bare in this game.
12 Best: Iron Spider Suit
Here’s another great costume reference I get. It is of course from Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it didn’t really get its big debut until Infinity War wherein we got to see his cool spider legs in action.
Save the wizard, save the world.
That’s actually the power of this suit in-game. For a limited time, all four legs will pop out and assist in battle. It’s pretty awesome even if I don’t like the weird metallic nature and the dulled colors of the actual suit itself.
11 Worst: Spider-Man 2099 Black Suit
Miguel O’Hara is the owner of this suit. As the name suggests, it takes place in 2099 and specifically from an alternate reality of the prime Marvel universe. Before I read up on it, at first glance I thought The Punisher somehow became Spider-Man. Look at that logo on his chest. Doesn't it look like a skull and don't those spikes on the side of his arms scream The Punisher? While Miguel O’Hara is not Frank Castle, he is indeed like-minded in extreme vigilantism. It's a bad arc with a bad costume that says 1992 all over it.
10 Best: Vintage Comic Book Suit
This costume isn’t specifically referencing a design, but it is paying homage to a period. That is to say, the cel-shading represents the bright colors of the early comics. It also might be a reference to Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which featured a similar aesthetic. While it is weird to walk around New York City as a literal cartoon character, it's just as weird being normal Spider-Man walking around in public. I like the juxtaposition of it all.
9 Worst: Last Stand Suit
When I hear the name "Last Stand" I imagine it to be one of two things. First, a suit packed to the brim with weapons. Alternatively, I can imagine it to be a wrecked version of some classic Spider-Man costume in a scene where he tries to put up a fight, but then perishes. Never did I imagine it to look like Michael Jackson became Spider-Man. Am I not right with that joke? I was indeed right on the whole demise part though. He is gunned down in front of Aunt May's grave, yikes.
8 Best: Negative Suit
Like most 90s kids I got a lot of my education about superheroes from cartoons like Batman, X-Men, and of course Spider-Man. It features the mainstays of his webbed pantheon, but they do go some weird places. It never talked about the Negative Zone though, but that's because it wasn't introduced into the comics until later. The cartoon ended in 1998 and the costume and concept of the Negative Zone appeared just months later. Point is the costume is cool. It's also nice to have an unsung villain be one of the main stars for a change of pace.
7 Worst: Homemade Suit
Here's another MCU addition to the roster. While it does have some comedic value in both Spider-Man: Homecoming and Civil War, it is not a great suit. In fact, parts of it don't make sense. He's just wearing baggy, normal clothes and goggles sewn together. How can his eyes still blink? It serves a purpose in the movies to teach Peter a lesson and without it a key message would be missing, but that doesn't mean I want to wear it in a game.
6 Best: Stealth (“Big Time”) Suit
First of all, that's a weird name for a suit. With a nickname like "Big Time" I assume it might be referencing his joining of The Avengers as if to say you're in the big leagues now kid. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong.
Parker needs a suit to defeat the Hobgoblin and it's specifically designed to ward of his laugh rays, or something. That sounds like a comic plot to me. Anyway, it's the best black suit in the game and I love those green lines. The suit's special isn't bad either.
5 Worst: Dark Suit
The worst black suit, on the other hand, is this one. I would say about a third of the way through the campaign you can undergo a series of fetch quests wherein you're tasked with tracking down Black Cat. Find all twelve cat dolls and you can discover her hideout, which led me to believe she was there. Nope, it's just a prelude to paid DLC. All you get is the Dark Suit, which has no powers! How is that a reward?
4 Best: Spirit Spider
Okay so I've been pretty wrong about my assumptions up to this point, but I thought for sure I knew where this costume originated. Spider-Man inherits the powers of Ghost Rider at some point, right? Nope, wrong again Tristan. Okay so an alternate Parker tried to steal the powers of other Spider-Man heroes across the multiverse, but in the process perishes. The Sorcerer Supreme who is Bruce Banner in this universe then resurrects him into this lovely magical vessel. Yeah, it's pretty gnarly. It's spectacularly dumb in the best way. You shoot flaming skulls!
3 Worst: Spider-Man 2099 White Suit
Okay, brace yourself for this one because it shocked me the first time I read it. In a somewhat recent arc of the comics, Doctor Octopus switches minds with Parker. He then takes on the role as Spider-Man. As you can imagine fans were not happy.
Will the real Peter Parker please stand up?
Miguel, who I mentioned with the black version of this suit earlier, gets stuck in the prime universe and eventually restores order. To thank him Parker builds Miguel the white suit, which is basically just Iron Man with a cruddy skull on his chest.
2 Best: Anti-Ock Suit
This is another exclusive for the game and be warned I'm going to SPOIL part of the ending for you. That's your warning. So eventually Parker's mentor, Dr. Octavius, goes mad because of a chip malfunction, and becomes the main villain of the game. In order to counteract his arms, Parker builds a suit from the same material. It leads to one of the best, most climactic endings to not just video games, but any theatrical Spider-Man experience. Tears were shed, ladies and gentlemen.
1 Worst: Fear Itself Suit
It's like the Negative Suit in color, but worse. The lore behind it is admittedly cool though. It's made from the same material as Thor's Hammer, Mjolnir, or I guess I should say original hammer. Yes, he too loses it in the comics as he does in Thor: Ragnarok. Now as cool as the lore is, it also looks silly. Spider-Man looks like he belongs in Tron, or something and what's up with the gauntlets? It just throws the whole thing off.