Iron Spider

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Iron Spider
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Peter Parker:
The Amazing Spider-Man #529 (March 2006)
Scarlet Spiders:
Avengers: The Initiative #3 (August 2007)
Mary Jane Watson:
The Amazing Spider-Man #15 (September 2016)
Aaron Davis:
Spider-Man #234 (January 2018)
Created by Joe Quesada
Chris Bachalo
Characters Peter Parker
Mary Jane Watson
Aaron Davis

The Iron Spider is a fictional powered exoskeleton used by several characters in Marvel Comics.

The Iron Spider armor appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making its debut at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and later appearing in Avengers: Infinity War.

Publication history[edit]

The Iron Spider armor first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #529 and was designed by Joe Quesada where it was based on a sketch by Chris Bachalo.[1][2]

Peter Parker wore this suit as Spider-Man's official costume until writer J. Michael Straczynski chose to revert to the older costume. It was used symbolically to show the character's divided loyalties during the 2006 - 2007 "Civil War" storyline.

Known wearers[edit]


After Spider-Man's newer powers developed in "The Other", Tony Stark developed a new suit for Peter Parker which he nicknamed the "Iron Spider" costume.[3]

Scarlet Spiders[edit]

The Iron Spider armor costume has been duplicated and used by MVP's three genetic clones in the Initiative who identify themselves as Red Team and also labeled the Scarlet Spiders. It is unknown what new powers the team possesses, but they have been shown to be using some of the built-in powers such as the cloaking device, communications, and waldoes which the original costume possessed.[4] One change is that there are now four waldoes, as opposed to three. These suits have the original's morphing ability,[5] as well as web-shooters, and wall-crawling capability.[6]

Mary Jane Watson[edit]

Mary Jane Watson later donned the Iron Spider armor in order to help Spider-Man and Iron Man fight Regent. She uses her experience in Iron Man's suit and her brief spider powers that she had back in the Spider-Island storyline to operate the armor.[7]

Aaron Davis[edit]

Miles Morales' uncle Aaron Davis purchases a recolored and modified version of the Iron Spider armor which he uses to form his incarnation of the Sinister Six.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Supported by a system similar to that of Tony Stark's classic Iron Man design, The Iron Spider armor features many gadgets, including three mechanical spider-arms, or "waldoes", that can be used to see around corners (via cameras in the tips) and to manipulate objects indirectly. Stark describes them as too delicate to use in combat, yet Spider-Man shortly afterward uses them to smash through the sensors in Titanium Man's helmet. Later on during the "Civil War" storyline, he uses them (reluctantly) during his fight with Captain America.

Other features include short-distance gliding capability, limited bulletproofing, built-in fire/police/emergency scanner, audio/visual amplification (including infrared and ultraviolet), cloaking device, carbon filters to keep out airborne toxins, and a short-range GPS microwave communication system. It grants the ability to breathe under water, and can morph into different shapes due to its "'smart' liquid metal" form. It can also "more or less disappear" when not needed due to reactions to neurological impulses as Tony Stark revealed. The new costume is able to look like other styles of costumes Spider-Man has worn over the years or turn into his street clothes. Part of the costume can detach itself from Spider-Man to cover an object too dangerous to touch, such as a radioactive asteroid. All these features are controlled by a computer system in the chest piece. The suit responds to mental control.[9]

The Iron Spider armor also has a secret override that can be activated by Iron Man in case of emergencies or if Spider-Man ever switches sides (which he does in Civil War #5). However, unknown to Stark, Peter was already aware of the safety measure and had bypassed it with his own override, Password Surprise. Perhaps most sinister, Stark discovered a way to give his own Iron Man armor a "spider-sense" based on Peter's, and the ability to give Spider-Man's sense red herrings.

Other versions[edit]

Contest of Champions[edit]

In the pages of Contest of Champions, a variation of Natasha Romanov donned the Iron Spider identity in an unidentified alternate reality where Iron Man used the Reality Gem to rig the Civil War in his favor where he later became President of the United States. She inherited it after Peter defected to Captain America's side and later became a member of the Civil Warriors.[10]

In other media[edit]


  • The Iron Spider armor appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. It is initially used by Peter Parker in the episodes "Flight of the Iron Spider", "The Iron Octopus" and "Venom Bomb". Subsequent seasons depict the armor in the hands of Amadeus Cho under the Iron Spider mantle. Additionally the episode "Rampaging Rhino" features a variant Iron Spider Hulkbuster created by Curt Connors at the time when the Hulk fights with the Rhino.
  • Amadeus Cho's Iron Spider appearance appeared in Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled.


The Iron Spider is featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an armored suit designed by Tony Stark for Peter Parker.

  • The armor makes its first appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). When Peter is offered Avengers membership, Stark unveils the Iron Spider suit, but Peter declines a position on the team and the suit.
  • The Iron Spider returns in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), with Peter now wearing the armor to aid the Avengers against Thanos. Promotional art and merchandise for the film indicate that the suit will have its signature mechanic legs, referred to as "waldoes".

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ announcement of Spider-Man's "Iron Spider" costume Archived 2006-03-06 at the National and University Library of Iceland
  2. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (January 11, 2006). "Spidey's New Costume Revealed". IGN.
  3. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #529
  4. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #3
  5. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #7. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 #15
  8. ^ Bendis, Brian Michael (w), Bazaldua (a). Spider-Man #234 (January 2018). Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #530. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Contest of Champions (2015) #9-10

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