How The Civil War Directors Feel About The Spider-Man Costume Backlash

While everybody was excited to finally get a look at the MCU version of Spider-Man, once we did finally get to see the wall crawler, response to the new costume was mixed. While many loved the new outfit, and the way Spider-Man is finally able to be expressive on the screen while wearing a mask, others felt the CGI look of the outfit was a little too...well, CGI. The Russo Brothers have now responded to those that have been critical. They think the costume looks great, and in the end, they’re the only ones they’re capable of pleasing.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Joe and Anthony Russo were asked about the mixed reaction to the Spider-Man reveal in the most recent trailer for Captain America: Civil War. In the end, Joe Russo says that everybody at Marvel really likes it, and they know that pleasing everybody is essentially impossible.

The design of the costume is what it is. That’s the design that we love, it’s the design that Kevin Feige loves and so on. He’s a very popular character so it’s always going to be controversial, people are always going to love or hate what you do with him, but all we can do is make sure that we love it, that we are true to ourselves and true to how we feel about the character and then hope that everybody else digs it.

We can completely understand how the Russo’s are feeling here. With Spider-Man having as many fans as he does, there was no way to make everybody happy. The character has had numerous looks since he was introduced in comics in the 1960’s and everybody is going to have looks they liked and those they did not. What Spider-Man’s costume would look like was one of the most talked about things leading up to his reveal.

Since Peter Parker is completely covered in his outfit, it likely gets a bit more attention than the costumes of several other heroes. We still get our chance to see Tony Stark inside his Iron Man armor in the films, as he’s more of its pilot than anything else. We likely won’t get the same experience with Spider-Man, which does make the look of the costume important.

If the Russos are wrong about anything, it’s that Spider-Man isn’t simply "very popular." He is without a doubt the most well-known name in Marvel Comics. Everybody is going to have an opinion about him. What do you think of Spider-Man’s costume in Captain America: Civil War? Do you love it, or are you already hoping he’ll get a new one before his next MCU appearance comes along?

Dirk Libbey
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