The announcement of Avengers: Secret Wars It caused a stir for several reasons. First, because it is an “event movie” in which multiple heroes and villains will converge. Second, because of the way it was presented: with a release date and as the closing of the saga of the multiverse. Third, and perhaps more important for many followers, because of the special relationship between that set of stories and spider-man and, incidentally, his mythical black suit.
The series of comics Secret Wars It is divided into two epochs. The one in which twelve issues were published during 1984 and 1985, and another published in 2015. While the first was not well received by critics, it was embraced by readers, who finally had a publication that fulfilled one of his wishes: to intertwine different heroes within the same comic story. This marked a before and after in comics.
It was no longer just about creating groups of heroes, like the Avengersbut to make these dialogue with other stories, heroes and villains, in what is also known as a crossover. That logic began with the first saga of Secret Wars. The second, published during 2015, did receive a better review and, so far, is expected to be the one that most influences Avengers: Secret Wars. But what generates expectation in relation to Spider-Man? For the appearance, for the first time, of the black suit.
Secret Wars and Spider-Man’s black suit:
the change that marked a character
Vol 8 of Secret Warspublished in 1984, features Spider-Man wearing a black suit on the cover. The drawing in the publication marks, on a red background, a series of black lines that suggest the activation of his spider sense. The character seems to be seeing his suit, one that replaces the remains of the previous one, the classic red and blue, torn to pieces by the clashes in which he is immersed along with other heroes.
That is the first image that was had of Spider-Man wearing a black suit. After a series of fights, Peter Parker notices how Thor keeps his suit in good condition. Hulk tells him about a kind of machine that restores them. While looking for the reference that Bruce Banner has given him, Spider-Man finds a black ball that jumps towards his hand and progressively takes over his entire body. The character described the experience:
“Well, I’m going to partner an eight ball! That balloon has expanded and become a costume, dissolving the shreds of my old costume in the process! It’s not bad; different. But not bad!”
Then, Spider-Man didn’t know it was a symbiote and that it could corrupt a good part of his way of being, beyond giving him differential powers in relation to his previous suit and personality. Peter Parker discovers this in Amazing Spider-Man #258. On a cinematic scale, this version of the character was recreated in Spider-Man 3directed by sam raimi. It premiered in 2007. Another variant of this outfit or a kind of modern reference may be the one seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, when he uses one that allows him to channel electrical energy.
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adaptation of Avengers: Secret Wars
For the closure of phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe there is still no further detail. The clearest is that it relates the adaptation of the film with the edition of Secret Wars published in 2015, created by Jonathan Hickmann with drawings of Esad Ribic. In this installment, the narrative takes place at a time when the multiverse has collapsed, something that the story proposed in theaters and on television seems to be pointing to.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe does not accurately recreate the events of the comics. By drawing inspiration from them, you allow yourself some liberties. It’s part of the charm of cinema. So, it is not ruled out that Avengers: Secret Wars take different references from the volumes prior to those published in 2015. Within them, why not pay homage to that first moment of Spider-Man with the black suit?
Avengers: Secret Wars will premiere on November 7, 2025after Avengers: Kang Dynasty. It is still necessary to see the end of Phase 4 and the development of 5 and 6 to have any surprises. However, the appearance of Spider-Man with the black suit is intuited as one of the possibilities that the film could offer, maintaining that constant dialogue between the graphic work and the film adaptations (in addition to being understood as a nod to the followers of Spider-Man). Spider).