P:R Approved: Sara Pichelli’s Ultimate Spider-Man Redesign!

Note: With the big secret identity revealed, the new Ultimate Spider-man  is beginning to take shape and Marvel.com recently released some concept sketches Sara Pichelli did to narrow down what the final design would be. Check out these images, then go to Marvel.com to see more. We’ll be debuting our own takes later this month in the results from our Spider-Man Webhead 2.0 contest! – Chris A.


36 comments on “P:R Approved: Sara Pichelli’s Ultimate Spider-Man Redesign!
  1. The teeth and facial expressions are killing me, but other wise good stuff all around. I mean I could’ve dealt with any of those costumes except the one with the white spider.

  2. Nothing really wrong with a camp Spiderman, but that is quite a camp pose right there. And on a somewhat related note, was it confirmed whether or not the new Ultimate Spiderman is gay?

  3. I think the one with the white spider works best. The insignia really stands out and looks nice matching the eyes. As far as the hair goes, I think anything other than the close cut would make the top of the mask lumpy.

    This Spiderman is getting a lot of flak but I think it could be really interesting. Just my personal observation – Spiderman is one of the few (only?) major characters that you could change him to any race and he would still look the same in costume. If you changed Superman, Batman or Captain America to a black the visual would just mess too much with the iconography. Hulk could be any race, I guess!

    I do hope this character Miles has different powers that happen to mimic those of Peter Parker instead being identical. By the online preview it’s suggested he has electric/static based powers, but who knows. Has this been revealed yet?

    Anyway, there could be some fun stories here, looking forward to it. And the suit looks pretty good.

  4. im sorry i know is wrong but i think this is one of those things in life that i wil just say no im not supporting this sorry truly am

  5. Oh – and how could I forget that Iron Man is another high profile hero who could be any race without changing his look, since they already have done it before!

  6. Also – I left out an important word from my first post “…or Captain America to a black PERSON the visual would just mess too much with the iconography.” otherwise it reads a bit racist. My bad…and my last consecutive post!

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  8. @Jay:
    It’s often said that the costume’s total coverage is what makes Spider-Man as popular as he is. YOU are in that costume when you read his adventures. The strange counter to that is that Peter Parker is such a well defined character. Yes he’s the ultimate nerd “everyman” archetype, but also a fairly specific one. It will be interesting to see what having a different “YOU” under the mask will do for the characters reader identification.

  9. I haven’t read Ultimate Spider-man in years, but this character change might just get me back to reading it. I’m really interested in how they develop this character. I’d personally like it if Miles were a mutant with spider-powers, rather than static powers – seeing as Virgil Hawkings is already famous for that :)
    Ditto about Sara Pichelli, as an italian ex-pat (cervello in fuga) myself, I’m really happy for her.

    And hopefully ‘later this month’ means ‘tomorrow’. I seriously can’t wait!!

  10. I like the final design, but if I think that she’d have been better served leaving out the red webbing pattern on the head and shoulders and just making it solid black. I’m thinking that in almost anything except a big, tight shot of his torso, that’s how it’s going to end up looking in print anyway.

  11. I can’t wait anymore. I just can’t.

    Thomas Fummo:
    I haven’t read Ultimate Spider-man in years, but this character change might just get me back to reading it. I’m really interested in how they develop this character. I’d personally like it if Miles were a mutant with spider-powers, rather than static powers – seeing as Virgil Hawkings is already famous for that :) Ditto about Sara Pichelli, as an italian ex-pat (cervello in fuga) myself, I’m really happy for her.
    And hopefully ‘later this month’ means ‘tomorrow’. I seriously can’t wait!!

    I can’t wait either.

  12. I do like the ones with more red on considerably. The final design has grown on me, but I hope it evolves.

    What’s with the ‘it’s hard out there for an Italian artist’ comments? Francesco Francavilla and Simone Bianchi seem to be doing pretty well too…

  13. Man, I love the lower left one. It’s a bit more faithful to the original design, and I feel like red webbing on black on top but not anywhere else is a bit off. Still love the colors and overall sleekness of the final though.

  14. marcial:
    im sorry i know is wrong but i think this is one of those things in life that i wil just say no im not supporting this sorry truly am

    This comment reads as really nuts to me.
    It doesn’t read as you not supporting a character’s costume. After all, one doesn’t usually say they know it is wrong to not support a costume, but is going to do it anyway. That doesn’t make any sense. It’s art. it’s design. There’s nothing right or wrong about it. It’s all opinion.
    So what is being said sounds a lot like “I know it is wrong not to support this new Spider-Man but I’m going to do it anyway.”
    The only thing I can think of someone knowing what is right and what is wrong, like, on a MORAL scale, would be about race. That’s the only b.s. issue some close-minded people are making about Miles Morales.
    So is this a racist’s confession? You know racism is bad, but you yourself are racist and this new Spider-Man— being multiracial— makes you uncomfortable, so you have no choice but to not support the new Spider-man and his costume, and you had to let that be known on a superhero costume redesign website’s comments section?
    Am I way off base here?
    Did I miss something?
    And, IF I’m right on the money? That’s really, REALLY nuts.

  15. About the costume: to be honest, even though I really like the combination of the colors, I’m indifferent to the rest of the design. Well, I don’t like the fingers because they make me think that the character’s fingers are swollen! And I think the suit is too plain… then again, the symbiote suit is too plain and I like it. Maybe I don’t like its being that plain given the colors? Not sure.
    Oh, and I don’t know what’s on the back given this picture.

  16. I think the new costume looks pretty cool BUT…

    I sort of think a super-hero costume should be something that could have been reproduced before our modern computer printing era. Would this design print clearly in the Lee/Kirby era? I don’t mean to make that a matter of principle, I just think it’s a good test of how iconographic the costume is. Also, even today, sometimes the character will have to be drawn small or distant. Those red web lines don’t make the cut.

    The red fingers bug me too. Why are they black lines on red when the rest is red lines on black?

    We couldn’t have gotten some kind of red details around the boots/feet?

    Do all black characters have to wear black? Is that an unspoken rule or something?

  17. I know a lot of people here like the costumes with more red on them, but I have to go in the other direction. I prefer it when new characters look strikingly different, yet can retain a lot of the icon imagery. My top choices are the 1st and 3rd ones in the 2nd row.

  18. Second one up top and the last one across the top are my favorite for closer to traditional second one across the bottom are my favorites of the new style

  19. dnwilliams: What’s with the ‘it’s hard out there for an Italian artist’ comments? Francesco Francavilla and Simone Bianchi seem to be doing pretty well too…

    2 names vs how many comics drawers?,it is now that usa comics companies are fishing from an international basin,but in the last years they took drawers only from usa and latin america.
    I do not know how a unknown drawer starts to work for major’s in usa,maybe showing his creations at comic-cons or starting drawing for small comic books companies,but this isn’t possible for a person who lives in Italy or in another country that is not USA,plus italian comic book drawing style is pretty different between american style,ours is more static and american more dynamic,for this reasons it’s so hard for Italian artists to draw on american comic books expecially for major titles like Spiderman and X-men

  20. Itlas:
    SPIDERMAN BEYOND?? sorry but with that red stripes under his shoulders he looks to me wearing something like this http://www.dietaebenessere.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Stephanie-di-Monaco-e-Charlotte-Casiraghi-al-matrimonio-di-Alberto-e-Charlene.jpg (girl on the left)

    very very sorry to repost this for the third time,i noticed that link wont work here.
    as i sayd,with those red stripes under his shoulders spiderman remind me this http://www.glamway24.com/catalog/images/gsus5_V1.jpg

  21. I just read it as he knows its wrong not to give the book a chance having not read it however he personally feels its a change he cannot get behind: maybe he thinks its JUST publicity and can’t get his head round it being good. Even though he KNOWS its right to give it a chance he just isnt excited enough and doesnt have enough faith to try.

    Thats how I read it. Anyway I like the costume but still feels busy especially considering something like 1 with the gloves of 3 would divert significantly and yet still prove and iconic look.

  22. I personally don’t have a problem with people “blackwashing” popular characters but I do have a problem with Miles’ face. He looks so dopey. It’s obvious Sara based him on Will Smith’s little karate kid, so why didn’t she go all the way (like Bryan Hitch did with Nick Fury) and model him entirely on that kid, who at least looks like he could come up with some witty zingers on the fly as opposed to Miles Morales who seems a bit “slow”…

  23. Itlas:
    2 names vs how many comics drawers?,it is now that usa comics companies are fishing from an international basin,but in the last years they took drawers only from usa and latin america.

    I dunno man, those are two MAJOR names, I’m sure there are a few more whose nationality I’m completely oblivious to, whose work hasn’t pinged my radar yet, or who I just can’t bring to mind (I forgot mention Gabriele Dell’Otto before).

    I think there are a considerable number of international artists and writers working on American comics, or that have worked on American comics, especially considering home-grown talent potentially has an easier path. Olivier Coipel, Esad Ribic, Ben Templesmith, Marcos Martin, David LaFuente, Bryan Hitch, Declan Shalvey, Frank Quitely…

  24. Since the majority of the posters here dislike at least some aspect of this costume, PR should have some of ‘redesign Spiderman’ contest…oh, wait…

  25. Michael: I sort of think a super-hero costume should be something that could have been reproduced before our modern computer printing era. Would this design print clearly in the Lee/Kirby era? I don’t mean to make that a matter of principle, I just think it’s a good test of how iconographic the costume is. Also, even today, sometimes the character will have to be drawn small or distant. Those red web lines don’t make the cut.

    I have a quite different opinion. In the age of interactive vector drawn graphics, designs should be iconic from afar but also have minute details for zoom ins. If anything, you can blame this costume to be from his time, while it’s company is too much of a dinosaur to question the comic industry core the formats , the delivery, interaction, what is a book, different themes for different audiences…
    I really hate this lowering standards like: all designs have to be transferable to another artist, simple enough for teens to draw and other such things that try to box superheroes into one big standard… diversity 4 the win!

  26. I think the suit might look better if it were worn by a well-built 30-year-old or something. I’m not used to Ultimate Spiderman and his being so young.

  27. i don’t care what race he is… i just think that the character design is too stereotypical… might as well give him a gullah accent and shoot cotton balls…

  28. “To the guy who said he is “camp”, he’s a frickin’ 13 year old. Geez…”

    I didn’t say he is camp, I said that it was a camp pose – hand on hip, hips jutted out, etc.

    And what’s being 13 got to do with being camp or not being camp? Wha?

  29. I like this new SPiderman, but his expressions are really starting to bug me. He always has his mouth half open and his teeth sticking out, and it’s sort of bugging me.

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