You know that here at OAFE, we're mostly positive. We don't give bad toys a free pass, and we don't overlook flaws, but we still try to tell you what's good about toys more than what's wrong with them. You read movie reviews, music reviews, tv reviews, whatever, you see people who seem to have nothing but contempt for the subjects they cover. That's stupid.
Fans aren't immune to this, either. How often do you see someone complaining about how "terrible" a comicbook movie is just because characters don't look right? (If you've read any discussion of Wolverine, you've seen it a lot.) A character is more than their visual, and anyone who can't see that is a fool.
That said, we've been trying like hell to stay positive about the new Spider-Man costume.
We could deal with the first picture of the the new suit - like GI Joe showing off Snake-Eyes first, it was clearly calculated to appeal to existing fans by hiding the true extent of the changes. The angle of the gloves, the style of the webbing, the lack of a belt... it was all stuff we were more than willing to overlook. But the more photos are released, the harder it is to stay upbeat.
Look at these shots posted on PopSugar:
That's just... what's the point? Spider-Man's costume is hands-down one of the best ever designed, which is why the previous movies stayed so close to it: no matter what you do, you're not going to improve it. This costume seems to have been redone for no reason other than to set this movie apart from the last three, and that's not good enough. It's change for the sake of change, and that's never good.
This thing, with its silver booties, stripes down the outsides of the legs, weird blue swirls all over the arms and hands, and conspicuously dark spider-batch, just looks like one of those weird costumes that would have been released in a 1990s ToyBiz series: close enough to be recognizable as Spider-Man, but just on the edge of "cheap drugstore knockoff" territory.
We're not saying the movie's going to suck, or that the costume ruins the character. But sweet Christmas does it look stupid!