Marvel Studios’ Ryan Meinerding shared an unused piece of concept art from 2016’s Captain America: Civil War featuring a Ben Reilly inspired Spider-Man suit. Peter Parker’s first solo outing with the Marvel Cinematic Universe arrived a year later with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was one of the biggest box office hits of 2017 and the young hero and his friends will be major players in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
Spider-Man: Homecoming introduced more of Peter Parker’s world after his appearance in Captain America: Civil War. The film ended with Peter Parker and his mentor Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr, discussing his future. While part of the conflict between the two stemmed from Peter’s overdependence on his suit and his role as a superhero, Stark praised the young hero’s actions in the film. The billionaire then offered Parker a place in the Avengers and a brand new suit based on the Iron Spider, a popular design from the comics. The web-slinging teenager can be seen sporting the new suit in Avengers: Infinity War as the team does battle against Thanos.
Marvel’s head of concept design Ryan Meinerding created multiple looked for the teen avenger. On Instagram, the artist shared a picture of a Ben Reilly inspired suit based on the one worn by the character from the comics. The design was originally slated for Captain America: Civil War, which meant that it would have been the focal point of the iconic scene in which Spider-Man steals Captain America’s shield. Ben Reilly is familiar to comic book fans as a clone of Peter Parker created by the villainous Jackal. While that wouldn’t have affected Peter Parker in the MCU, Meinerding himself admitted that it was fun “trying out different sized spiders and playing with web designs.”
This design joins the unused Hulk hairstyles and Valkyrie design originally posted by Meinerding. Marvel’s active use of social media is a great opportunity for Marvel fans to get a glimpse of what might have been. Following the various artists who create these designs is a must for anyone who enjoys discussions of concept designs and the work that goes into creating the iconic looks for so many beloved Marvel characters.
With the studio is preparing for the release of Black Panther and hopefully working on 2019’s untitled Avengers 4 as well as Captain Marvel the future is very exciting for Marvel’s concept art fans. No one can share any new art as of yet, but hopefully, 2019 and beyond will offer fans a look at unused concept art for Black Panther at the very least. As Marvel looks toward the future these opportunities offer fans a unique look at just what shapes the MCU and it’s an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.