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The comic inspiration for Spider-Man’s new Far From Home stealth costume

Peter Parker is going undercover

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The first trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has arrived, and while the highlights are the European setting and a brief glimpse of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, attention must also be paid to another reveal: Peter Parker’s new suit.

Throughout Spider-Man’s comic history, Peter Parker’s wardrobe has been filled with alternate costumes. While there isn’t a one-for-one reference for Far From Home’s new look, the “Stealth Suit” seems to draw inspiration from Spider-Man Noir, the Peter Parker of Earth-90214. Aside from the omission of the hat and trenchcoat, the film’s Stealth Suit carries over the goggles and color scheme to its bullet best.

In Noir’s world, Spider-Man is a hero of the Great Depression, while his alter ego is an investigative reporter waging war against New York’s criminal underworld. Noir quickly became a fan favorite and has shown up in media since then, most notably Into the Spider-Verse. Don’t expect the creation of David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky, and Carmine Di Giandomenico in the comics anytime soon, though; spoiler — he wound up kicking the bucket in last year’s Spider-Geddon comic.

The Stealth Suit might be visually influenced by Noir, but its purpose in the film has roots in the prime Marvel universe. In Far From Home, Spider-Man swings over to London, a location is comic counterpart visited in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man #95. The book saw a heartbroken Peter heading to England to meet up with Gwen Stacy, a plan diverted by a crop of terrorists who pop up to kidnap an American delegate.

For more recent history, most will likely connect the globetrotting in the film to Dan Slott’s 2016 Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide run, wherein Peter traveled the globe as the CEO of Parker Industries and saved the day as Spider-Man, who was his “bodyguard.”

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Spider-Man’s Secret Wars stealth suit from Spider-Man PS4.
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While Peter’s last two suits were gifts from Tony Stark, the Stealth Suit likely comes from Nick Fury, who appears to have survived the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

Spider-Man and Fury worked together in the past, most notably in 2004’s Secret War. In that story arc, Spidey and Fury (plus a handful of other heroes) headed to Latveria to covertly dispose of weapons tech planned to be sold to B-tier villains. Since what they were doing was technically illegal and unsanctioned, everyone wore dark stealth versions of their normal costumes. This wasn’t even the first time Fury gifted Spider-Man a darker color-schemed costume — just ask Miles Morales.

In Secret War, Spider-Man and the other heroes wore stealth suits to avoid setting off an international controversy. In Far From Home, that logic likely still applies: After all, Peter himself says in the trailer that he’s not exactly a globetrotting hero. Being decked out in all black makes it harder for anyone to connect him to America or SHIELD and keeps him from sticking out like a sore thumb. Expect a few new gadgets up his sleeve, too.

Thus far, every MCU film to feature Spider-Man has given him a new suit to swing around in. The Stealth/Noir suit is one of the most distinct, and we can’t wait to see it in action when Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in theaters on July 5.

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