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The greatest superhero suits in cinema history #SpiderManHomecoming

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Spider-Man’s suit took centre stage in Homecoming’s latest trailer, but does his costume rank the best of all time? We rank the greatest superhero costumes in cinema history to find out.

10) Battle Armour

Wearer: Thor

First appearance: Thor (2011)

Marvel had a tough task when designing Thor’s attire. Not only did it need to demonstrate that Thor is the Prince of Asgard, but it also needed to be grounded enough that he would fit in with the rest of the Avengers.

Remarkably, the studio pulled it off. The Asgardian steel armour and red cape combo sound a disaster on paper, but few can deny how badass it looks. While the armour can’t do any nifty tricks, it earns a place on our list for style alone.


9) Wonder Woman’s armour

Wearer: Princess Diana of Themyscira

First appearance: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

While Wonder Woman’s armour doesn’t offer any protection on her thighs or chest, it’s still a step in the right direction. Along with her sword and shield, she sure does look like kickass warrior.


8) Superman's suit

Wearer: Clark Kent

First appearance: Superman (1978)

That “S” emblem on the front of Superman’s outfit ensures that this is the most iconic costume around. It might not offer Superman any powers, but he doesn’t really need any considering he can already fly and shoot lasers from his eyes.

The fact that there’s always someone wearing this costume at a fancy dress party means that it cannot be ignored. While we do prefer Man of Steel’s grittier take on the suit, you can’t beat the power of nostalgia. Just recently Zack Snyder posted the following picture of star Henry Cavill wearing Christopher Reeve's original suit during his screen test.


7) Falcon suit

Wearer: Sam Wilson

First appearance: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Finally, we’re getting to the suits that actually help our heroes in combat rather than just gaining them points in a fashion show. With the Falcon Suit strapped on, Wilson can fly and perform some mesmerising aerial stunts. We just don’t understand why Steve Rodgers didn’t take the suit himself.


6) Cloak of Levitation

Wearer: Stephen Strange

First appearance: Doctor Strange (2016)

Strange’s cloak is a lot like the magic carpet in Aladdin. It enables the user to fly and it also has a mind of its own. Unlike the carpet, it looks pretty cool when worn around the shoulders. So entertaining is this cloak, though, that it feels like Strange’s sidekick rather than a mere piece of clothing. We can’t wait to see more of it in future films, and it’s not often we say that about a cloak.


5) Hulkbuster

Wearer: Tony Stark

First appearance: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

How do you restrain a rampaging, indestructible green rage monster? Tony Stark’s answer was the same solution he uses for all of his problems: built a suit. And so the Hulkbuster was born, which made Iron Man look like he’d spent the last few decades in the gym. Because of the entertaining fight scene between Stark and Banner, this suit will always be fondly remembered.


4) Dark Knight suit

Wearer: Bruce Wayne

First appearance: The Dark Knight (2008)

While some of Batman’s previous suits have been more colourful and closer to the comic book carnations, the suit from The Dark Knight is undoubtedly the best. Not only is it bullet-proof and crammed full of ninja-esque gadgets, but it also looks incredibly dark and gritty. We’ll take one in black please!


3) Spider-Man suit

Wearer: Peter Parker

First appearance: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man has had a lot of fantastic suits over the years, but none come close to the latest by the looks of the trailer. With mini-drones, web-shooters, flying-squirrel-like wings and an automated fit like the trainers from Back to the Future 2, this is by far the most technologically advanced Spider-Man suit we’ve ever seen. That’s no surprise since Tony Stark designed it. We can’t wait to see more of it in Homecoming.


2) Ant-Man suit

Wearer: Scott Lang

First appearance: Ant-Man (2015)

Would you rather have the luscious locks of Thor or be able to shrink to the size of an ant by the flick of the switch? Don’t fancy the risk of getting stepped on? Then grow as tall as a water tower instead. You’d be the go-to-guy for party tricks while wearing this suit.


1) Iron suit: Mark XLVI

Wearer: Tony Stark

First appearance: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Was there any doubt that the top spot would go to an Iron Man suit? In fact, you could fill the whole list with Tony Stark’s weaponised suits, but it’s the forty-sixth edition that is the best. With a gold-titanium alloy build, mini-rocket launchers, nanotechnology and – best of all – a fully retractable helmet, this Iron Man suit is the stuff of dreams. Even more excitingly, we’re likely to see an upgraded model in future Marvel films. Stark will certainly want to boost its power when he takes on Thanos.


Special mention: DIY Spider-Man suit

Wearer: Peter Parker

First appearance: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

While all of these suits are cool in their own way, we wanted to bring us all back down to Earth with one more suit: yes, it’s Peter Parker’s DIY Spidey suit. It might look pretty odd with its bug-eyed goggles and, in Tony Stark’s own words, resembles a onesie, but it also carries an important message.

Suits with fancy technology and magic powers aren’t what make these superheroes special. It’s what lies underneath that counts. From the looks of the trailer, this message will be an important one in Spider-Man: Homecoming and we’re really pleased that Marvel acknowledges that. Having said all that, we wouldn’t say no to an Iron Man suit if anyone’s offering…


Spider-Man: Homecoming
is released on 7th July. What are your favourite superhero suits? Let us know @Cineworld.

Ryan Jones is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.