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Spider-Man gets highly requested ‘Raimi suit’

The suit from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies comes to PS4 today, free

Spider-Man, wearing the “Raimi suit” from the original Spider-Man movies, swings over New York. Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Insomniac Games has a special holiday treat for owners of Marvel’s Spider-Man. The highly requested — and occasionally outright demanded — “Raimi suit” from director Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy comes to the PlayStation 4 game today. And it’s free.

The developer revealed the new suit in a tweet, saying the webbed costume worn by Tobey Maguire in the Raimi films will be released as part of an update today for Marvel’s Spider-Man. The surprise release puts an end to weeks of speculation and flashes of anger from Spider-Man fans who worried that they weren’t going to get the costume they were hoping for.

Outcry for the Raimi suit came to a head as the final add-on in Spider-Man’s The City That Never Sleeps downloadable content approached. Fans had hoped that the third chapter of that DLC would finally deliver the oft-requested Raimi suit. Ahead of the official reveal of that episode, which added three other suits, including one inspired by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, fans asked Insomniac where the hell the suit was.

“Come on, Insomniac,” one fan wrote on Twitter, including a picture of the Raimi suit. “You said you were listening.”

“Listening doesn’t mean we always will do what people tell us to,” Insomniac responded. “We hear you. Hearing doesn’t mean we always act or follow.”

The ensuing conversation was a back and forth between Spider-Man fans who expressed hope and concern about the Raimi suit’s inclusion, and Insomniac supporters who pushed back against what was starting to sound like bitter fan entitlement. When Insomniac revealed what many fans believed to be the final Spider-Man suits for the game, that conversation got nastier.

“Don’t you see you’re disappointing many fans by trash suits?” one player wrote on Twitter, to which Insomniac responded, “We don’t feel any of the suits we have released are ‘trash’ or anything close to it. All of them were selected by our team for reasons and had a lot of love and effort put into them.”

Today’s release, thankfully, puts an end to that quibble in the best way possible.