30 comments on “Marvel Debuts New Design for ‘Ultimate’ Spider-Man
  1. I actually really like this. It’s almost a negative of the one designed by Alex Ross year ago for the movie. But I really like the simplicity of the suit and the colors. The dark colors bring the symbiote to mind, but the use of the red separates it from that suit. Also like the red on the fingers and hoping there’s some on the boots.

  2. Reminds me of the Alex Ross design he did for the Spiderman movie some time ago, also of the new Captain America too. A bit ‘dark’ for Spiderman as he more ‘fun’ but I really like it.

  3. Y’know, I really don’t think the new costume is needed. Also its kinda lame. Just my opinion of course.

  4. Just to clarify it has been categorically said that this is not Peter in the mask but someone new. Who is behind the mask? Where will the title go? Is this SHEILD finally getting a ‘Spider-Man’ in their ranks? What the hell is going on? Is this drawn in the 90′s/early 20′s? Isn’t that from the new Secret War? I’m intrigued but hesitant

    “We called this story Death of Spider-Man for a reason,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor In Chief. “This is a huge story that’ll have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man.”

    Does this mean literally or in the sense he is a ‘new man’. Maybe even changed his name thanks to SHEILD interview. Or could he really be dead and it be someone new. From other cover solicitiations such as this (for a title called ‘Fallout’, after the apparent cancellation of USM may I add:
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/marvelcomics/201107/ULTFALL001_COV.jpg” target=”_blank
    I’d have to assume that whether he is literally dead or not that the people close to him clearly feel they have lost him. Though oddly this next one would also suggests Nick believes him to be dead.
    http://www.comicbookresources.com/images/solicits/marvelcomics/201107/ULTAVNN006_COVER.jpg” target=”_blank” target=”_blank
    However it could be important that its the image of the old costume in the background to mean perhaps that stage is over and I wouldnt put it past Fury to weep at a fake funeral he set up. As you may be able to tell I’m hoping he is still alive and kicking by the end even if that means with a status quo. But it does seem they do really want to push the idea that in the UU people can die and stay dead no matter who they are.

  5. I like it. I like it as much as the other recent Spidey suits Marvel has been peppering into story lines recently. I’m really enjoying the stories they’ve used to have some cool new- and playful designs.

    If I were going to criticize – I might mention how, sometimes it can be disappointing when companies do a redesign but don’t really go for it. I mean, I get trying to keep elements from the original suit incorporated into the “new” designs, but why not try something really different and dynamic. They did it with the black suit- that was drastic and refreshing. The original suit is so iconic, it seems a disservice to just “slap some web lines on there” and that makes it a nod to Spider Man’s history and suit.

    Of course, this is just one shot and I’m actually eager to see some more and get a better sense of what the full suit looks like.

  6. Wow, this is actually a really good redesign. I’m quite impressed, it does remind me though of the Bucky Barnes Captain America, but just a bit. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for him.

  7. I like the mix of classic webbing, symbiote black, and the subtle reference to the scarlet spider (fingers)

  8. Proving once again that Spidey’s costume is very transformable as long as you hit the main beats, the eye shape, webs, and spider logo.
    This is a great costume. Love the simple inversion of red and black elements from the classic costume, the weight added to the V outline that implies spider legs, and the red fingers. Would have enjoyed a flash of red blow the waist.
    Fantastic illustration by Miss Pichelli! Really top notch work.

    Oh and the fingers make me think this is Ult. Jessica Drew.

  9. The new costume is nice, but the original is hard to beat. That said, I don’t care what the costume looks like — if Peter Parker’s not wearing it, it ain’t Spider-Man.

  10. Digging the redesign, especially the color inversion.

    I do wish that the spider emblem had been incorporated in the V-shape (e.g. spider-legs making the V), instead of such a bold swash of red. The fingers also leave something to be desired… but now I’m just nit-picking.

  11. My only complaint is ANOTHER SPIDER-MAN COSTUME? At least this ones in another universe than Amazing Spider-Man, but seriously this is an over-saturation of Spider suits when you factor in the FF costume that can change into at least 2 designs so far, new Spider-armor, a Fantastic 4 costume that he has on briefly in the latest Amazing, the Tech Suit, as well as the redesign being used in the film.

    I’m a lover of Spider-Man costumes and multiverse variants, but when i can appreciate them for more than a few months at a time, not weeks.

  12. Needs a leather jacket and some stirrups. Also, it should look more like armor.

    Nahhh, just kidding. A nice redesign, but Spider-Man is one of those rare costumes that has never really needed or especially benefited from redesign. They got that one right the first time.

  13. Bill Walko:
    It looks cool, but wicked hard to draw on a regular basis. All that negative-space webbing with the spider emblem? Yikes!

    I think a good measure of a superhero costume’s success is how easily a kids will be able to draw it. So, yeah…

    I find it hard to believe this’ll last very long, what with the upcoming “Ultimate Spider-Man” cartoon featuring Peter Parker in a red and blue costume. Especially since – even if you’re adapting the stories – there’s no reason to call a cartoon “Ultimate Spider-Man” unless you want to tie it to the comic book. Though I guess this is #2 in Marvel’s “a major character will die every quarter” thing. #3 in Fear Itself?

    Is this a deliberate Immonen homage? It looks very much like his work on the series.

  14. anka:
    thats straight up gorgeous. finally, the fact that it was the exact costume in the ultimate universe has always bugged me

    I agree, I never understood why they didn’t change his suit in the Ultimate version.

  15. As someone who approved of the subtle shift Erik Larsen’s made when he changed the blue in Spidey’s costume to a flat black during his run on Amazing Spider-Man, I approve of this new design.

  16. James W:
    I think a good measure of a superhero costume’s success is how easily a kids will be able to draw it. So, yeah…
    I find it hard to believe this’ll last very long, what with the upcoming “Ultimate Spider-Man” cartoon featuring Peter Parker in a red and blue costume. Especially since – even if you’re adapting the stories – there’s no reason to call a cartoon “Ultimate Spider-Man” unless you want to tie it to the comic book. Though I guess this is #2 in Marvel’s “a major character will die every quarter” thing. #3 in Fear Itself?
    Is this a deliberate Immonen homage? It looks very much like his work on the series.

    I agree with this 100%.

    One of the reasons I kept reading comics when I was a kid was because I enjoyed drawing the characters. I can’t imagine a ten-year old kid these days picking up an issue of Iron Man or Thor and going, “Hey, I can draw that!”

  17. I feel undecided on it. Ultimate Spiderman has been my favorite superhero comic since it debuted (well before I started reading Morrisons Batman) And I really like the fact that they didn’t change the costume with the ultimate line. My problem with this costume probably is just that I don’t like the black. I like Spidey in bright colors, (Tim Gunn made a good point that the bright colors of the character reflected his personality) but then again if this is a different spiderman then who knows he could even be a villain, I guess I’d need more context to really know how I feel about this design.
    I will say that I like the red lenses and webbing a lot. I think those are pretty cool elements. But I also think the complicated elements like the web pattern seem a little odd next to the simplistic design of the rest of the outfit, and I think that little part of web pattern looks off with everything else being black. The original black costume had this covered because the whole costume was a simple design.

  18. So it’s NOT Peter Parker in the costume? So Ultimate Universe just makes all the same stupid mistakes that they did on in Amazing and all the “616″ Spider-man books? No wonder I can’t buy these things anymore.

  19. like it a lot. As others have mentioned, has a slight 2099 vibe to it. Be nice if it had the underarm webbing like the 2099 version.

  20. BobDobolina:
    Needs a leather jacket and some stirrups. Also, it should look more like armor.
    Nahhh, just kidding. A nice redesign, but Spider-Man is one of those rare costumes that has never really needed or especially benefited from redesign. They got that one right the first time.

    I agree to some extent with the classic nature of the Spider-Man costume–but from a practicality standpoint, for me, the one good thing that came out of Todd MacFarlane’s tenure on the title was Parker’s occasional nervousness about wearing bright blue and red due to visibility. At one point, when he knew he’d have to go down into the sewers, he decided he was definitely wearing the (non-symbiote) black suit…and then when he got down there he mused about making the white logo smaller.

    So I like the new look. Very Spider-Manly.

  21. I was thinking about Ryan and Warren’s comments above about the sign of a good costume being easy to draw – especially what Ryan said about Iron Man’s recent look. I have to agree. I grew up drawing Iron Man over and over. He’s probably my favorite character. But when I doodle or sketch him now, I don’t even know where to start with the current armor. It’s way easier for me to draw the classic red and gold or the Silver Centurion armor.

    Sometimes less is more.

  22. Looks interesting. Could have been a good redesign for the Venom costume. I’m just not sure it works for Spiderman. His suit has changed very few times in the last 45-50 years. Every time it did, however, it went back to the original. Just goes to show “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” works for Spidey’s costume. I feel the same way about the new Amazing Spiderman bulletproof costume. It would be awesome on a Spiderman doppelganger, but not on Peter.

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