(Warning - potential SPOILERS for Captain America: Civil War, and particularly the Spider-Man costume-related parts of it, lie below. Tread softly, and all that...)
With this coming weekend's D23 Expo likely set to bring with it our first proper look at footage from Captain America: Civil War, excitement levels relating to the movie are unsurprisingly rising at a frenetic pace. Much of that enthusiasm, though, is focused less on the Iron Man v Captain America awesomeness that's set to be the centerpiece of the film, and more on one particular hero who's set to appear.
After all, what could be more inherently exciting than the imminent arrival of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Well, how about what might just be...
Our First Look at Spider-Man's New Costume
That, at least, is what the image just above is being reported to be, with ComicBookMovie.com having apparently been told that it's a (blurry, leaked) snippet from the footage we're seemingly set to see this coming weekend at D23.
Whether or not the image is for real, though - and with blurry pictures of Spider-Man in which he's wearing his mask, it's always worth keeping a pinch of salt handy - the image is inevitably intriguing. After all - if genuine - it seems to confirm the recent rumors that Spider-Man would spend part, most or even all of Captain America: Civil War wearing a homemade costume along the lines of this fan art (by SpikeSDM):
If that's true, though, then:
What Does That Mean for Captain America: Civil War?
Well, more than anything else it would reinforce something that we've pretty much known for a while now: Spider-Man will have already been swinging his merry way around the MCU for a while by the time Captain America: Civil War begins. As Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige put it to Crave Online a few months back:
"There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU. You just don’t know it yet..."
It would also, though, suggest that Spidey hasn't actually been around for quite as long as you might imagine. After all, if he's still rocking the homemade look, it's likely that he's been in the superhero-ing business for months rather than years - or at least that he's yet to graduate to bigger threats than muggers and street gangs.
All of which also suggests one key thing:
Spidey's Going to Be in Way Over His Head in Civil War
After all, if the distinctly teenage Spider-Man ends up being thrown into the middle of a super-powered war between the likes of Iron Man and Cap - one likely featuring insanely powerful figures like The Vision and The Scarlet Witch - then there's a pretty solid chance he's going to wind up soiling himself.
Though, knowing Spider-Man, there's also a pretty solid chance he'll kick a whole bunch of ass while doing it...