Well, I just finished the new Amazing Spider-Man, and I can confidently say that the new costume sucks. It is just repulsive. I understand that Marvel felt the “need” to upgrade Spider-Man’s powers. And I have no problem with that. The costume has plenty of cool gadgets like infrared vision, body armor to deflect small caliber bullets and the webs to allow Spider-Man to glide through the air. They are all neat gadgets add to a costume. I’m a big fan of manga, and it is extremely common in Japanese comics for the characters to constantly receive power “upgrades.”
Having said that, I don’t think there was any reason at all to mess with the design of the costume. Tony Stark could have constructed this fancy new costume with the same or an extremely similar color scheme and design to the original Spider-Man outfit. There was no need to create this rather horrid looking new costume design. I am giving this “Iron Spider” look a huge thumbs down.
There are only a few costumes that are iconic in design and can never be changed. The costumes for Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Fantastic Four, Captain America, Spider-Man and the Hulk (Yeah, the classic purple pants count as a costume). To me, those costumes should come complete with a “No Tampering” rule. They all look great and are classics. I think Marvel screwed up big time with this lousy costume design. I would expect to see the real Spider-Man costume make its return by the end of the year.
Other than the crappy look of the costume, I did enjoy watching Spider-Man show off all of his new gadgets while kicking some criminal butt.