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Does it make Spidey sense?
With Marvel’s MVP swinging his way into the MCU via a thrilling cameo in Captain America: Civil War, before stepping front and centre for Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s only logical that his mentor, Tony Stark, should design him a hi-tech suit. Why watch 15-year-old Peter Parker struggle with needle and thread when you can knock him up an outfit boasting Spider Vision, GPS, a chest-mounted Spider-drone, web-gliders and a J.A.R.V.I.S.-like operating system named Karen?
But here’s the thing: if we wanted to watch a robo-suit do all the heavy lifting to the point that Peter’s own special powers are obscured, why not just make Iron Man 4? It’s little wonder Marvel doesn’t bother with showing us Parker’s origin story this time around – a radioactive spider bite is kind of superfluous when any Tom, Dick or Harry could do a bang-up job once the auto-fit function has engaged.
Only it’s not that black and white. “This is ridiculous! I’m no cotton pickin’ seamstress! But I’ve got to do it myself!” cried Peter in Amazing Spider-Man #4 (September 1963). What’s more, comic-book Spidey has worn dozens of different outfits over the last 55 years, with some of them designed by, you guessed it, Tony Stark. Among these is the Iron Spider suit, made of Stark Tech in Iron Man’s colours, which Peter greeted with a cry of, “I just wanna say for the record, they haven’t invented a word for how cool this armour is.” Hell, the SpiderArmour MKIV was camouflaged, bullet-proof and fire-proof, with advanced web shooters. Peter designed it himself but his mentor’s influence is clear: “Tony would wet himself if he knew what I was packing in this suit.”
So while there’s something pure and thrilling to Peter pulling on a onesie and relying on his innate abilities, don’t begrudge him getting suited and booted. It’s part of his legacy.