In the years since the release of the first Spider-Man film, we have seen nearly half a dozen different live action versions of the web slinger’s iconic costume. Each of them has favored including or emphasizing certain details over others, with the version featured in the three Sam Raimi films arguably being the most comic accurate iteration to date, but there is one particular detail that has been largely ignored up to this point. That detail is the costume’s underarm webbing (affectionately known as “web pits” among fans). But that looks set to change in next summer’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.
Earlier today at the CCXP comic convention in Brazil, a brief clip from ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ was screened at a panel. Less a trailer or even a teaser than something meant to whet the audience’s appetite for the supposedly imminent release of a full trailer, the footage nonetheless represents a first look at the film. While the footage has not yet made its way onto the internet, Ryan Penagos of Marvel Digital Media was present at the panel and shared a few interesting tidbits on Twitter, including the reveal that the costume featured in ‘Homecoming’ will include underarm webbing:
There’s a case from Tony Stark with an “upgrade” for Spidey. Then we see Spidey leap off a building, open his arms, web wings! #ccxp2016 2/?
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) December 2, 2016
The inclusion of web pits on Spider-Man’s comic book renditions has varied widely over the character’s fifty-plus year history. Perhaps most strongly associated with the work by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, subsequent artists have placed more or less emphasis on them, to the extent that they now tend to be seen as more of an individual artistic touch than a crucial part of the design. For example, While Ditko often drew extremely prominent web pits, later artists like Mark Bagley have been known to include them as almost an afterthought.
Directed by Jon Watts, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ stars Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Laura Harrier, and Robert Downey Jr. The film is due in theaters on July 7, 2017.