Saturday, June 17, 2006

Spidey's Revealing Outfit

I have a problem with Spider-Man revealing his true identity.

Why isn't he wearing the lame ass new costume? Why would he switch out of the Iron Spider look just for this press conference? Because Marvel wants mainstream coverage of this "event" and knows that if CNN airs a still of these pages, people will be more curious about why the hell Spider-Man is wearing a stupid red and gold outfit instead of his Spidey clothes.

These three pages tell me Joe Quesada knows the Spider Armor duds are stupid, but what are the odds they're going away?

For that matter, should Peter Parker wear any kind of a costume now? Once the world knows your true identity, what's the point of wearing a mask? Granted, I suppose if the Iron Spider outfit is like Tony Stark's armor and has bonus features like repulsor rays, he should wear it. But unless the mask has some kind of heads up display or a targeting system, it seems pointless. And if he goes back to the red and blue tights, why bother at all?

Regardless, I'll second the rest of the residents of comicblogavenue who have said it really doesn't matter what's done with Spidey since A) we know this will all be reversed by this time next year and B) this isn't even really Spidey any more. This penthouse-livin', supermodel-lovin', armor-wearin', butler-havin' idol of millions no longer resembles the character I enjoyed reading about ten to fifteen years ago.

17 Comments:

Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Aunt May made him that particular costume, because she felt more people would believe he really was Spider-Man if he wore that. Obviously, your reason is more true, but that was the story reason.

As to the Iron Spider costume, I think they've said right from the start that it was a temp thing, as in, it'll be gone before the end of Civil War. That's how I've managed to stay relatively - note I said relatively, calm about it.

Well, for that reason and because they've done a bunch of other things that have screwed him up worse.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Cullen M. M. Waters said...

My thoughts precisely. But more coherent and with fewer spelling and gramatical errors

7:19 PM  
Blogger kalinara said...

I don't know Spiderman very well, so I can't really weigh in on that account but...wow...for the first time EVER, I'm finding Peter Parker hot.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I think this is the first step in returning Peter to the character we know and love - and maybe its just cos ive recently returned to the wolrd of comics and the cycnicism hasnt kicked in yet but man, have a little faith.
I - for some reason - have a good feeling about this, and while i dont believe Peter would ever have made that decision im excited to see whats going to happen next. But mark my words - Marvel know the character is broken and this is the first step to fixing him.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Jake said...

Mike, I wish I could see things through your rose-colored specs. I'll try though. I officially give Marvel a chance to prove Spider-Man is going to be good again.

(Getting Straczynski off Amazing would be a good start...)

3:34 PM  
Blogger Evan Waters said...

You know, my favorite comic book character got his brains blown out as a lead-in to the company's big event. Compared to that, living better than usual, having a new costume and giving up the secret identity seems- decidedly non-blasphemous.

I'll see how this goes. Probably we'll get a couple of good stories out of it, and then they'll return to the old status quo.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

Two words: Ben Rielly

If Peter revealing his identity goes bad than can just fall back on a clone, or say that this was a clone the whole time. Say for example now that his identity is revealed he gets killed, everyone thinks he's dead, sales skyrocket because Spidey's dead then a "new" Spider-Man shows up whose actually the real Spider-Man all along ..etc.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Jamiebau said...

BTW, Spidey's new costume does have a heads-up display with telescopic vision and is bulletproof. Plus the arms have lenses too for seeing around corners.

So it does have a more functional purpose than his old suit.

3:56 AM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

What possible justification is there for Spidey revealing his identity? I've been avoiding Civil War like the bloated cancer it is, so I have no idea what's going on, but this doesn't seem right to me. Forty years of "I can't tell anyone" overturned for what reason?

1:35 PM  
Blogger CalvinPitt said...

kelvin: I'd guess his justification is not being labeled a criminal and having to be come a fugitive. Mostly because May and MJ would be considered accomplices, even if they didn't help him in any way.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Spencer Carnage said...

Weak. Not only is my comment(first post!) to this post here gone, but you removed my link. That's just cruel.

4:58 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

So what about the whole "If I reveal my identity, Doc Ock will kill MJ and May"?

Stupid Marvel.

5:27 AM  
Anonymous Moose N Squirrel said...

I officially give Marvel a chance to prove Spider-Man is going to be good again. (Getting Straczynski off Amazing would be a good start...)

What indication have they given that they're taking Straczynski off anything? Every time Newsarama does one of its "Joe Quesada and his Amazing Friends" deals, Straczynski is there with Bendis as one of the chosen few who hang with the boss and talk about the Great New Projects they've just pitched. He's going nowhere.

As far as "giving Marvel a chance," as near as I can tell, the last two and a half years of Marvel readership has entirely consisted of "giving them a chance." I remember when people were still "giving them a chance" on Disassembled, because you never know, New Avengers just might be really awesome!!!!!! And I seem to recall everyone "giving them a chance" on House of M, because even though the story was awful, it might just lead to some great new stories in the future!!!!! And I remember people doing this with Decimation, and I remember people doing this with Civil War. Civil War's not over yet, but none of those other stories were any good, and none of them paid off in producing anything decent. What I'd really like to see is people stop giving these companies chance after chance after chance to publish crap.

7:16 AM  
Blogger markus said...

what moose said. plus, The Other.

8:14 AM  
Blogger Jake said...

Moose, brings up a good point. Several actually.

Dammit. And I accused Mike of having rose colored glasses. Doctor, heal thyself!

9:13 AM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Well said Moose. Will Not Avengers Disassembled fix things? Unlikely.

Also:

(1) That's the worst depiction of Peter Parker I've seen in ages.

(2) When they reverse this, as you know they will, probably with Doc Strange mindwiping everyone, I hope that Aunt May still remembers, because her finding out is probably the best thing they've done to the Spider-mythos in years.

2:07 AM  
Blogger Scotto said...

You know, as much as it's the very definition of Spider-Man, after years of watching him lose in every way at every thing over and over and over ... I'm happy to give him a little vacation. Wife's not leaving him? Aunt's not dead? He's not homeless and under arrest? Take it easy, Peter, I know they'll be kicking you down again soon enough.

Besides, even if the story fails, you'v got to try things. Why change forty years of hiding his secret identity? Because we've been telling that story FOR FORTY YEARS!

Plus, it'll all be undone in a year anyway :)

3:21 PM  

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