New "top-secret" Spider-Man costume revealed

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

New year, new Spider-Man costume. 

(Image credit: Dustin Weaver (Marvel Comics))

Marvel has revealed Spider-Man's new costume as teased in the waning days of 2020 (see below).  Scheduled to debut in comics with March 10's Amazing Spider-Man #61, this new costume is reminiscent of the recent Superior Octopus design, crossed with the color scheme of the teen hero Gravity - who was created based on inspired from Spider-Man.

For more on the Dustin Weaver-designed story, read our standalone story on the new Spider-Man costume's announcement.

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Marvel Comics still isn't revealing any hint of Spider-Man's new costume, which he'll wear into battle against Kingpin in Amazing Spider-Man #62 as announced in Marvel's just-released March 2021 solicitations. But the publisher has now unveiled Patrick Gleason's main cover for the issue (with the costume censored of course) - and promised more info to come next week.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

"Following the traumatic events of Sins Rising, Peter Parker will need a new suit for his faceoff against Kingpin in the next arc of writer Nick Spencer's hit run," reads Marvel's statement released with the new cover. "This top-secret costume will debut in March's issues of Amazing Spider-Man. Discover the mystery and the story behind it when it's revealed in all its glory next week!"

Amazing Spider-Man #62 is due out March 24.

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The long-time face of Marvel Comics, Spider-Man, will be getting "a new look" this March. 

(Image credit: Julian Totino Tedesco (Marvel Comics))

In the just-released Marvel Comics March 2021 solicitations, the publisher has revealed that the wall-crawler will look different beginning in March 10's Amazing Spider-Man #61. But like any fashion maven, he's keeping that look under wraps for now - instead revealing this variant cover by Julian Totino Tedesco with his original costume. 

January 5's Amazing Spider-Man #56 has Norman Osborn and Kingpin literally tearing a Spider-Man mask in half. Usually, covers are a metaphor for what's happening in-continuity inside the issue itself, but perhaps this is a clue as to why this "new look" is needed.

Steve Ditko's classic 1962 design of Spider-Man has remained the standard in the 50+ years, but Peter Parker has tried on some different looks - many of which were available as alt-costumes in the PS4/PS5 Spider-Man game. Heck, one of them - the '80s black suit - evolved from a fan-submitted design to becoming its own character (Venom) that's become a pillar of Marvel.

(Image credit: Mark Bagley (Marvel Comics))

We're not saying that to put any pressure on writer Nick Spencer and artist Patrick Gleason ahead of this debut - but hey, what could be.

The man inside the Spider-Man suit, Peter Parker, will also be getting a new job in this issue. A year or so ago he was fired from The Daily Bugle, leading him to re-enroll in university and finish off that doctoral thesis he's been putting off. There's no idea over what it could be, but it's too bad a superhero can't earn a steady paycheck by, you know, superheroing.

Look for more on the new Spider-Man design as it develops here at Newsarama.

It's unclear who is designing this new SPider-Man costume, but Marvel's wallcrawler has had iconic artists draw his adventures in the past. Check out our list of the best Spider-Man artists of all time.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)