Quote1 They're not-- The pajamas are part of the gig. Keep your identity a secret--to help protect the ones you love, y'know? Quote2
-- Tony Richards src


These are the suits worn by the webslinging hero: Spider-Man.

Traditional Red and Blue Suit

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First appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15

This is the traditional suit that Spider-Man has used throughout his career. It is made from a skintight cloth, most likely Spandex or similar. The costume is mostly blue with red gloves, boots, mid-section, and mask. Peter designed a web pattern that covers the red portions of the suit, starting at the mask. The suit also has a black spider in the center of the chest and a larger red spider on the back, both of different designs. The mask has plastic lenses with a chrome covering that allow Peter to see out, without letting others see in. The lenses also protect Peter's eyes from dust particles and the glare of the sun while he is swinging through the city. In addition, the mask helps to conceal Peter's identity by muffling his voice, thus making it unrecognizable to others. He also wears a twin set of web shooters on his wrists under the gloves. A web cartridge belt is also worn under the suit, which has a spider-signal on the buckle. The suit also contains a special ear-piece that protects Spider-Man from the effects of Hobgoblin's sonic attack. [7] Spider-Man has recently updated the lenses of the suit to protect himself from Iguana's hypnotic stare. [8]

Symbiote Suit

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The Symbiote

First appearance:

During the Secret Wars, Spider-Man's costume was torn during battle and he was sent to a machine that would repair it. Unknown to Spider-Man, the machine was actually a prison that contained an alien symbiote, which copied Spider-Man's thoughts about the costume worn by Spider-Woman, and created a duplicate of it.

Both during and after the Secret War, Spider-Man learned that the costume could respond to his thoughts, change its shape, and create a seemingly unlimited amount of organic webbing. However, after wearing the suit for some time, he began to feel unusually tired and consulted his friends, Reed Richards and Jonathan Storm. Richards said that the suit was actually an alien creature and that it was taking him web-swinging every night while he slept. Spider-Man then had Mr. Fantastic and the Human Torch remove the costume using both a sound wave generator and fire, as its only weaknesses are loud sound waves and intense heat, and locked it in a protective case. The suit eventually escaped and hung itself in Peter's closet, disguised as one of his red and blue costumes. Unfortunately, Peter grabbed the symbiote and it reattached itself to him, which forced Spider-Man to use the bells housed in Our Ladies of Saints church to remove the suit. Many issues later, the suit secretly found and bonded to Eddie Brock, who became Venom.

Spider-Man eventually acquired the Symbiotic Suit again in different occasions: when he and the X-Men investigated an attack at S.W.O.R.D. space station caused by symbiote-possessed Brood and he bonded with one of them and when a Poison Punisher forcibly bonded Spider-Man to another symbiote so he could be assimilated by the Hive. He also temporarily bonded with the Venom symbiote again to defeat the Red Goblin.

Black Cloth Suit

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Non-Symbiote Black Suit

First appearance: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #99; Amazing Spider-Man #263[10]

After Spider-Man removed the symbiote suit, his girlfriend, the Black Cat, made him a non-living duplicate, as she thought it was "sexier" than his red and blue suit. While the two suits were used interchangeably initially, the black suit eventually became Spider-Man's primary suit after his red and blue suit was destroyed. The suit also provided Spider-Man with an extra advantage of stealth in the night, due to its dark color.[11] These also had the unintended benefit of intimidating his opponents.

However, after Venom's attack on Mary Jane Watson, she forced him to abandon the suit for good. Thereafter, he only occasionally wore the black suit as a last resort, when his red and blue suit was out of commission. He returned to wearing the black suit for a brief period of time after his Aunt May was dying in a hospital due to an attempt on Peter's life by Wilson Fisk. With Kraven's resurrection, Spider-Man uncovered a copy of the suit left as a taunt by Kraven while searching for his clone, Kaine, and wore it while defeating the Kraven family.

Bombastic Bag-Man Suit

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It's best not to ask

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #258

Twice Spider-Man has been forced to abandon his usual costume. When he lost the symbiote costume, Spider-Man was forced to use an old Fantastic Four costume, with a paper bag mask and a "Kick me" sign on his back. He was then sent into action as "The Amazing Bag-Man".[12] Another time without his suit, he was forced to go into action as "The Bombastic Bag-Man".[13]

Electro-Proof Suit

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Electro-Proof Suit

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #425

This rubber insulated suit was created by Spider-Man in order to protect himself from Electro's enhanced powers in a battle alongside X-Men.[14] After the fight, Spider-Man improved the suit by adding additional padding and styling.[15]

The Spider-Man of Earth-1610 would later use this suit to fight his Earth's version of Electro.[16]

Captain Universe's Suit

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #329

When a lab accident granted Spider-Man the Uni-Power, his costume was cosmically changed into the Captain Universe outfit. This form gave him incredibly enhanced senses, strength, speed, flight, and limited telekinesis.


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Spider-Armor MK II


Spider-Man's Anti-Sinister Six Suit from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 682


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First appearance:

When the New Enforcers attacked New York using high-caliber firearms, Spider-Man created an armored spider-suit. Composed of a pseudo-metallic compound Peter developed at Empire State University, the suit slowed him down, but defended him from the firearms. During battle, the suit was destroyed by acid. [17] There have also been new models for the suit: MK II was designed at Horizon Labs to help protect Peter after the loss of his spider-sense, MK III was designed using Horizon Labs resources to oppose the latest versions of the Sinister Six, and MK IV was created during Peter's control of Parker Industries, although he sacrificed this suit to fight Norman Osborn when Osborn used an EMP to disable his equipment.

Ricochet's Suit

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First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #434

When Norman Osborn and The Trapster framed Spider-Man for murder, Peter Parker created four separate costumed identities to clear his name. The suit showcased Peter's acrobatic abilities and stored bouncing disks which Peter could use as weapons.

Hornet's Suit

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First appearance: Sensational Spider-Man #27

The second identity used by Spider-Man to clear his name was the Hornet suit. It was a battle armor that provided additional protection and utilized a jet pack designed by Hobie Brown, as well as sedative darts once used by Ben Reilly.

Dusk's Suit

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First appearance: Spider-Man #91

The third identity used by Spider-Man to clear his name was the Dusk costume. It was adapted from a suit Spider-Man had acquired in the Negative Zone. The suit allowed Spider-Man to blend into the shadows and fly.

Prodigy's Suit

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First appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man #257

The final identity used by Spider-Man to clear his name was the Prodigy costume. It consisted of gold armor and a bulletproof vest that made Spider-Man appear even stronger. Because his face was partially exposed Peter had to use makeup and a fake nose to fool people.

Iron Spider Armor

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Iron Spider

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #529

Before the events of the Superhuman Civil War, Tony Stark fabricated a new red and gold costume for Peter, utilizing much of the same technology used for his Iron Man suit, with the main difference being the suit's mesh-like quality. This new suit provided Peter with advantages he never had before in other costumes, such as radio transmission scanners and receivers, multiple biological sensors for himself and others (such as EKG readings, pulse rates, etc.), multiple vision settings, deflection of small caliber firearms, enhanced strength and limited gliding capabilities. The Iron Spider costume also provided Peter with three retractable pseudo-arms, named waldoes, though they weren't ideal for fighting. If Peter ever felt that he would like a change of pace in his appearance, Stark also built in a feature for the costume to change its appearance at Peter's will. This was an ideal feature for Peter because he never had to worry about trying to hide his suit in public.

Despite all of these new advantages, Peter was still concerned with features in the suit not disclosed to him, and the possibility that they may be used by Stark to control him. These fears came to fruition when Peter realized that he made the wrong choice in the Civil War, and while attempting to flee preemptively from Stark, the two fought. Iron Man initiated an override feature built into the Iron Spider costume to disable Peter. Foreseeing this confrontation, and much to Stark's surprise, Peter had built in an override for Stark's override and ceased using the suit. Peter's concerns were confirmed once more when they faced off again and Stark told Peter that the suit gave him a rare opportunity to examine Peter's "Spider-Sense".

This costume was replicated and given to three clones of Michael van Patrick, who became known as the Scarlet Spiders.

Fear Itself Suit

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Spider-Man Fear Itself

First appearance: Fear Itself #7

During the Serpent's War many heroes were given armor made by Tony Stark and the Dwarves of Nidavellir to battle Cul Borson and his Worthy. Spider-Man was given one of these armors, and was later destroyed by Tony Stark under Odin's orders. It is unknown what features it had but it was made using Uru so it is presumed that the suit was extremely durable. The suit had two gauntlets, one on each wrist, which was equipped with blades on each arm which that could be used as a melee weapon. The suit also changed the appearance of Spider-Man's red and blue suit to an all blue one with bright neon blue lines replacing the black webs on his normal suit. [18]

Stealth Suit

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Peter's original design

Peter Parker (Kaine) (Earth-616) as Scarlet Spider

Kaine's version

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #650

Spider-Man created this suit to combat the Hobgoblin's sonic screams; the suit warps light and sound around it, rendering it invisible.

It was later used by Kaine to defeat Spider-Queen. The costume's new color was a consequence of the suit being locked in that design, which was made on purpose by Madame Web, who wanted it changed for what the Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly) meant in Kaine's past.

Originally Kaine could not make the suit change colors until he concentrated hard enough to change it back to its original colors.

Future Foundation Suit

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Future Foundation Suit

First appearance: FF #1

This suit was created for Spider-Man when he joined the Future Foundation following the death of the Human Torch. It is made from Unstable Molecules, thus it can repair itself, never get dirty, and change its appearance.[19]

Advanced Suit

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Advanced Suit

First appearance: Marvel's Spider-Man

After his original Spider-Man suit became damaged during a confrontation with Wilson Fisk, Peter headed to Octavius Industries to repair it. He was caught in the act by his boss, Otto Octavius. Pretending to misinterpret the situation as if Peter was merely Spider-Man's equipment designer and not Spider-Man himself, Otto took the liberty of improving over Peter's original design, leaving to him the blueprints for the Advanced Suit as a gift. [20]

Spider-Man's Anti-Ock Suit

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The Anti-Ock suit

First appearance: Marvel's Spider-Man

An upgraded version of the Advanced Suit that Peter Parker had originally worked on as side project during his time at Octavius Industries via materials that were used for their work on prosthetic limbs.

When Otto Octavius went rogue and kidnapped Mayor Osborn and a hold of the Anti-Serum for the Devil's Breath, Peter quickly completed this suit to be able to fight on par with Doctor Octopus' Tentacles as it had also been made from the same fabric.

The suit was partially damaged during the final fight with Doctor Octopus. Underneath the armor, Peter wore his Advanced Suit.[20]

Spider-Man's Velocity Suit

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Velocity Suit

First appearance: Marvel's Spider-Man

Originally intented to be a armor that could absord damage of "hard hitting villains", this suit was modified to also enhance the user's speed, in order to defeat Haley Harvey. [21]

Spider-Man (Ben Reilly)

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Ben Reilly's Spider-Man suit

First appearance: Sensational Spider-Man #0

When Spider-Man's clone, Ben Reilly, took over as Spider-Man, he created his own version of the classic red and blue costume, extending the spider motif's legs with a different design on the boots and gloves.

Spider-Man 2099 Suit

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Miguel O' Hara, Spider-Man of the year 2099

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #365

Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man of the year 2099, donned a costume similar to the original Spider-Man's, but with a more skull-like spider and much more blue throughout. This costume was made of Unstable Molecule Fabric (similar to the costumes of the Fantastic Four) and also featured a cape made of a web-like material called Lyte Byte and a different skull-like mask. This outfit was originally worn during a Day of the Dead festival.

All-New, All-Different Spider-Man 2099 Suit

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All-New, All-Different Spider-Man

First appearance: Spider-Man 2099 Vol 3 #1

When Miguel joined Parker Industries, Peter created a new Spider suit for him. This version glows red, and can change color.[22] The suit material is Unstable Molecules bonded to kevlar to increase durability immensely. It has better-integrated "light byte" material to improve gliding, and thrusters integrated into the boots for launch. Distance offensive capabilities are provided by "spider-saucers" running down the sleeves and integrating into the gloves, and the suit also has on-board sensors for complete vicinity readings.[23]

Spider-Man 2211

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Spider-Man of the year 2211

First appearance: Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man #1

Max Borne is the Spider-Man of the year 2211. His costume had a different color scheme and no webbing marks, but had the same patterns. His mask was a mechanical helmet and he had four red mechanical arms similar to Doctor Octopus' mechanical arms.

Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales)

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Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man

After officially becoming Spider-Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. gave Miles a new red and black costume because his makeshift costume was considered to be in "Bad Taste."[24] After the death of his mother at the hands of Venom, Miles ripped up his costume yelling "No More!" [25] One year later, Spider-Woman gave him a new suit and a set of Web-Shooters.[26]

Ultimate Symbiote Suit

First appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man #34

The symbiote costume has an almost identical appearance to the Earth-616 version. The costume was the result of Richard Parker and Eddie Brock, Sr.'s search for a cure for cancer.

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Eddie Brock with the symbiote suit as Venom

Peter found that this new suit enhanced his strength, gave him the ability to mentally generate webbing, and made him immune to bullets. However, he quickly discovered that it also made him increasingly violent, and the suit even grew a set of teeth during an encounter with a thug. After getting electrocuted (which nearly killed Peter), the suit separated itself from him. Peter later destroyed the sample of the cure that Eddie was keeping. However, Eddie had another sample and used it to become Venom.[27]

Superior Spider-Man

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Superior Spider-Man's 1st suit

First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #700

During Doctor Octopus's seemingly final days, he switched bodies with Peter Parker. In the final battle with between the two, Peter Parker supposedly died in Octavius' body. During the battle, Peter showed Otto his experiences and memories as Spider-Man, causing Octavius to vow to become a superior Spider-Man. Octavius then assumed the identities of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man.

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Superior Spider-Man's 2nd suit

To make himself a better Spider-Man, Octavius designed a new suit similar to the original Spider-Man suit, but with some modifications, these being that blue on the original costume was now replaced with black, the design of the symbol on the back was changed, the web design on the mask (mainly around the nose) was changed, the design of the belt is spikier, the lenses on the mask were now made of glass and could show a Heads-Up Display, all of the fingers on the gloves have retractable claws on them, and the big toe on both boots is separated from the rest of the foot and both have retractable talons. He further modified it, lacing carbonadium in the mask to prevent a mind-switch, a built-in communications device to activate nano-spider-tracers, and creating "spider-arms" on the back; as a possible homage to his previous identity.

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Peter's upgraded Superior Spider-Man suit

After Peter returned, he discarded this suit for his classic costume, and later, the Spider-Armor Mark IV. However, after being mentally demoralized and driven to kill by Itsy Bitsy he decided to upgrade the suit with energy weapons and even more spider-arms to use to kill Itsy Bitsy.[28]

Otto Octavius' duplicate would eventually recreate the second version of the suit and reclaim is alias as the Superior Spider-Man.[29]

Punisher's Suit

First appearance: What If? The Punisher #1

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In Earth-71928, Spider-Man's suit was an amalgamation of the original spider-suit and the Punisher's Suit, complete with a skull in place of the spider logo on the front. The reason behind this design choice was that the Radioactive Spider in this reality was a Steatoda nobilis aka Noble false widow. These spiders' cephalothorax look like a human skull.[30]


  • According to the book Spider-Man: The Ultimate Guide by Tom DeFalco, Peter had heard that his school's dance team were throwing out old bodysuits, sneaked into school after dark, found one that fit him, obtained two one-way mirrors from the Drama Department's prop closet (for his mask lenses) and spent an hour silkscreening the web pattern onto the bodysuit in the art room. With this, he created his first Spider-Man costume.


  • Peter Parker does not wear any underwear beneath his Spider-Suit.[31]
    • His Earth-199999 counterpart does. [32]
  • Peter Parker finds Miles Morales' black and red costume cooler than his own.[33]
  • Doctor Octopus' favorite of Peter Parker's suits was his black cloth suit, as he found it slimming.[34]

See Also

Links and References


  1. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #31
  2. Supaidāman (TV series) Season 1 1
  3. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #4
  4. 101 Ways to End the Clone Saga #1
  5. Spider-Man: The Clone Saga #4
  6. Amazing Fantasy #15
  7. Superior Spider-Man #31
  8. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #16
  9. Spider-Man appeared wearing the Black Suit in Amazing Spider-Man #252, Marvel Team-Up #141, and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #90, all three of which came out in May 1984. While the events that take place in Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 happen before the events in the aforementioned three comic books according to Marvel's continuity, it was not actually released for another seven months after they were published. In fact, by the time Secret Wars #8 was released in December of 1984, Spider-Man's Black Suit made no less than twenty-one previous appearances.
  10. Though this suit was given to Peter by Black Cat in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #99, he didn't actually wear it until Amazing Spider-Man #263 when he accidentally shrank his red and blue suit in the wash.
  11. Amazing Spider-Man #637
  12. Amazing Spider-Man #258
  13. The Spectacular Spider-Man #256
  14. Amazing Spider-Man #425
  15. Marvel Encyclopedia, Vol. 4: Spider-Man
  16. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
  17. Web of Spider-Man #100
  18. Fear Itself #7
  19. FF #1
  20. 20.0 20.1 Marvel's Spider-Man (video game)
  21. Marvel's Spider-Man: Velocity #1
  22. Spider-Man 2099 Vol 3 #1
  23. Spider-Man 2099 Vol 3 #2
  24. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 2 #5
  25. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 2 #22
  26. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 2 #23
  27. Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1
  28. Spider-Man/Deadpool #17
  29. Spider-Geddon #2
  30. What If? The Punisher #1
  31. New Avengers #5
  32. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  33. Spider-Men #2
  34. Spider-Man/Deadpool #48
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