black costume spider man


I spoke about the red and blue costume compared to the black and white one in this short little essay here, but I only just realised this fun little coincidence.

Mary Jane always liked the original costume (which had a lot of red in it) and Felicia always preferred the black costume (which coincidentally reflected her look more).

And its interesting because one theory is that the symbiote sort of created a costume the likes of which Peter always WISHED he’d had, or wanted to have. Under that thinking the black costume embodies what Peter wants to be like as Spider-Man. But the less stylish and less ‘bad ass’ red costume is actually a better reflection of the fun and goofy person he is in reality.

Taking that into account if you really wanted you could take a deeper reading of the two women’s preferences. You could maybe argue that that’s symbolic of how MJ liked Peter just as he always was/who he was deep down (cool but somewhat geeky and ultimately friendly, like the original costume) whereas Felicia was more in love with her IDEA of who Spider-Man was (a mysterious and potentially dangerous creature of the night, which is what the black costume better reflects).

You could even say Peter’s changing feelings for the black costume and his later preference for the old red one is symbolic of how his feelings for his older love interest MJ eventually won out over his feelings for his newer one Black Cat. I.e. he permanently switched to the red costume after he married Mary Jane.

…Or maybe it’s just a massive coincidence…

Then again…as fashion savvy as both ladies are surely they would’ve noticed how one costume better co-ordinates with their own looks than the other…

Coming this December:

DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #5 Cullen Bunn (W), Salvador Espin (A/C), Ron Lim (VC)

* Deadpool’s adventures in the Venom symbiote conclude!

* Guest-starring…black costume Spider-Man?!

* That’s right – we’ve got everyone’s favorite symbiotic relationship…

* …and the symbiote is there, too!

32 pages, $3.99.


There were just TWO Deadpool announcements at San Diego Comic Con, both of them super fun projects I’ve been working on for a while now.

The first is the DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK miniseries! During 1984’s SECRET WARS, Deadpool was introduced to an alien symbiote who went on to become Spider-Man’s black costume and, eventually, Venom. OK, OK, maybe that really happened in DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS. Point is, did you know that after Spider-Man rejected the costume…it went slinking back to Deadpool on the rebound? And they went on adventures together? You didn’t? Well, you will, now, thanks to this series by Cullen Bunn & Salva Espin!

ALSO: We just announced that DEADPOOL #21 will be another over-sized spectacular of an issue! First up will the a normal-sized Deadpool story in which Madcap returns in the most disgusting way possible to begin his revenge on Wade! Written by Gerry Duggan & drawn by Matteo Lolli. But also…

…It will include a 60-page special story in which DEADPOOL DOES SHAKESPEARE!  An all-new tale by Ian Doescher (author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series) adding a little DP to those old plays you were supposed to read for English class! It’s like learning, almost! But with Deadpool!

Both go onsale in October! Check them out!


Marvel Super Hero Secret Wars Spider-Man Figure (1984) from Mattel.  The Spider-Man figure with the black costume (Venom!) came out with the second wave of Secret Wars action figures that included a number of random figures such as Baron Zemo, Daredevil, Falcon and Hobgoblin that were not even appear in Marvel’s Secret Wars series.