The new costume for Spider-Man shows off the whites of his eyes

amazingspidermansuitmarvel_02The new series of Spider-Man movies has done its best to distance itself from the Sam Raimi trilogy while simultaneously trying to not alienate fans of the films starring Tobey Maguire. Part of that includes the look of the recent movie, and there is nothing more important to the look of Spider-Man, than the suit.

The rebooted series, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, introduced a slightly different look for the costume than the one Maguire wore. It was still instantly recognizable as Spider-Man, but it was unique to that film. As the sequel revs up to begin production, the filmmakers have released the first look at the new Spidey suit to, seen above.

To the average filmgoer, the changes may seem minimal. Larger, white eyes and a slightly modified emblem on his chest aren’t going to light the cinematic world on fire. But to the Spider-Man connoisseur, the big white eyes are a classic part of the costume and have been for decades. It’s also a more innocent look, one that some artists have exaggerated to convey a friendlier Spider-Man. The recent Ultimate Spider-Man comic series, featuring a younger Peter Parker, used this often partly to convey his youth.

This is likely just the first of a wave of information about the film, now that principle photography has begun. We’ve already had a taste of the story following a recent reveal, which also confirmed that Jamie Foxx will play Electro, Shailene Woodley would play Mary Jane, Dane DeHaan would play Harry Osborne, and Paul Giamatti had signed on for an undisclosed role that many assume to be that of the Rhino.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been scheduled for release on May 2, 2014.

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