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Watching Spider-Man last night, after Parker's fateful night with the robber, we flash-forward to him being Spider-Man in full.

However, it is never shown where exactly his costume came from or how it evolved from a very rough version of his drawing to the iconic red, black, and blue suit we all know.

How did he obtain and/or maintain this outfit during the movie?

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    I was actually thinking about this yesterday. The only scene that jumps out in my mind is the one in SP2 where Spiderman tells Hal Sparks that he "made it" as they awkwardly ride down the elevator. What's funny is that, when it came to the shooting webs, Raimi explicitly stated that he wanted the webs to be organic to spiderman. His comment was something to the effect of "we are not gonna have some kid with glue make a product that even 3M can't make."
    – ray
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 13:52
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    Which I understand; but then we see this elaborate suit that only a tailor with mad skills could create. I mean, it's a comic book movie so I just roll with it; but the story behind making that suit would have made an interesting scene IMHO.
    – ray
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 13:52
  • @ray023 good point with the Raimi quote. He's always been a bit eccentric :p
    – Tablemaker
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 14:01

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From what I can recall (it's been some time since I've seen the movie) there is no explicit explanation of how his suit was made. The movie just leads the audience to believe or assume that he ended up making it himself.

The process of making a suit isn't very interesting, and the director probably didn't want to waste much time on it, so they probably shot it like this to lead the audience to believe he made it without having to worry about the whole boring process.

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    "The process of making a suit isn't very interesting." I respectfully disagree with this remark. In Batman Begins, I was very entertained watching Wayne and Alfred design the suit. (Well... At Least We'll Have Spares). The beauty of a superhero movie is the realism they bring to the screen. You have a real person with a struggle in which you can identify; and you get to evolve with them. I would enjoy a scene watching Parker at a linen shop picking out a whole bunch of red and blue; or sitting behind the sewing machine repairing the damage done after a fight.
    – ray
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 14:00
  • @ray023 Makes me wonder how the new Spider-Man will handle the suit, it looks pretty complete.
    – Tablemaker
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 14:02
  • I vaguely recall a suit design montage in the movie. I think I'll have to rewatch it.
    – user209
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 15:17
  • @Keen The montage was design for the wrestling match, but thats when he showed up in sweats, to a bit of comedic surprise. After that night, there is then a montage of him saving people as Spider-Man
    – Tablemaker
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 15:28
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    @ray023 there were bits and pieces, but they didn't show the actual process that went into making the different pieces. spiderman's suit is pretty basic, it's fancy spandex. the entirety of him making it would be "hmm, i like this color, and this color... 'ouch! pricked my finger while sewing!'"
    – DForck42
    Commented May 17, 2012 at 16:00
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Peter made his own costume.

In one of the earlier drafts he makes it before his fight with Bonesaw.

All heads swivel and look up, at the top of the cage. Through a narrow hatchway, a FIGURE crawls into the cage, upside-down.

Peter, clad in his not-bad-looking homemade Spider-Man costume, skitters neatly across the top of the cage, delighting the crowd, which GASPS and APPLAUDS. He leaps from one side of the cage to the other, clinging to the bars, then does a back flip and lands right in the middle of the ring.

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SPIDER-MAN: Not a bad costume, what is that, Spandex? I used Lycra for mine and it itches like crazy. But, they say Lycra is the fabric of the future...

In the final shooting script it's made clear that he has consistently improved his own costume.

She leaves quietly closing the door all the way. Peter gets up, opens a dresser drawer, moves some sweaters out of the way, digs all the way to the bottom of the drawer ... where his Spider-Man costume is crumpled, the red sweatshirt lying on top of it. The spider outline, sketched on its front.

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A dark figure swings into view and does battle with the bank robbers. The camera on the cornice suddenly FLASHES, and in that flash-instance, we get our first good look at — THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, in his new, improved, extremely snazzy costume.


This is all extremely consistent with his origin story in Amazing Fantasy #15

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