One of the best-known Spider-Man comic book storylines is the saga of his black suit, which temporarily turned Peter Parker into an arrogant teen. While we're waiting to see more Spidey in #SpiderManHomecoming, we're also curious to see when — or if — the Marvel Cinematic Universe will introduce the black costume, or whether Sony will keep it in a standalone Venom movie. In the meantime, let's see how this suit came to be:
The Suit First Debuted In The Amazing Spider-Man #252
With the tagline "the rumors are true," this comic was the first time that we saw the suit in action. Back in 1982, Spidey fan Randy Schueller submitted the idea of the black suit to Marvel after they ran a competition for new ideas. Marvel's Jim Shooter bought the concept for $220 (over $500 today), and it was then modified as a Venom symbiote by Mike Zeck.
How Did Spider-Man First Encounter The Suit?
After Spider-Man's red and blue suit was damaged in 1984's Secret Wars, he tried to fix it — but the black suit attached to him, covering his body and giving him the classic giant white spider on his chest.
For a period of time after the events of Secret Wars, Spider-Man refused to switch back to his original costume, using the black suit to fight crime. Since the symbiote empowers the natural abilities of its host, it began to take control of Peter's subconscious mind; he'd unknowingly go out at night to fight street crime.
Spider-Man Wasn't The First To Don The Suit
While many believe Spider-Man was the first wearer of the black suit, it was revealed in last year's Deadpool's Secret: Secret Wars that Deadpool was the the first to don it — shortly after being responsible for releasing it. The suit found Spider-Man to be its next host.
What Are The Suit's Weaknesses/Strengths?
While the symbiote needs its host to survive, it intensifies their natural abilities, giving the wearer extraordinary powers. Some of the main strengths from the suit include:
- Superhuman strength, speed, and agility
- Can expand to any size as long as it's attached to its host, while it can also reach inside small areas such as wire cables
- The ability to camouflage itself by using the assumed color or texture of the area surrounding it
- The ability to shape-shift
While the symbiote has many strengths, there are plenty of weaknesses, such as:
- Intense sound or sonic waves
- Open fires
- High-voltage electricity
- Hunger for the wearer's feelings
Where Have We Seen The Symbiote Costume Onscreen?
When the suit originally debuted in 1984, there was a significant backlash towards it. However, since then, fans have grown to love the suit and there have been some interesting comic storylines and animated television versions of the black suit Spidey, such as its appearance in the 1994 Spider-Man animated series and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 — both of which depict Peter rejecting the symbiote, which then joins with rival photographer Eddie Brock to become Venom.
While fans are excited about tom Holland's portrayal of Spider-Man, it doesn't hurt to wonder or speculate as to when we might see the next live-action portrayal of the suit. It may never happen in the MCU, considering Sony's potential Venom standalone film, but time will tell.