"Why don't you try that on and I'll introduce the world to the newest official member of the Avengers: Spider-Man."
Tony Stark to Peter Parker[src]

Item 17A, also known as the Iron Spider Armor, is a suit designed and built by Tony Stark for Peter Parker to use as an Avenger. It was presented to Parker in 2016 after he prevented Vulture from stealing equipment from a Stark Cargo Plane. After initially rejecting the suit, Parker was given the suit two years later and used it to defeat Ebony Maw and rescue Doctor Strange, as well as using it to fight Thanos during the Battle of Titan. The suit, along with Spider-Man, was turned to dust during the Snap. After he was resurrected by Hulk in 2023, Spider-Man wore the now restored armor during the Battle of Earth and the attack on the Manfredi Crime Family.

History

Creation

Taking inspiration from his Mark XLVI armor, Tony Stark created the Iron Spider Armor that contained many new features over the previous suit such as a collapsible helmet and incorporating miniature arc reactors.[1] It could also be controlled by F.R.I.D.A.Y., such as when Stark ordered her to deploy the suit's parachute.[2]

Avengers Facility

"You're turning me down? You better think about this. Look at that. Look at me. Last chance, yes or no?"
"No."
Tony Stark and Peter Parker[src]

The Iron Spider Armor is unveiled

In 2016, Tony Stark invited Peter Parker to the New Avengers Facility in order to offer him a place among the Avengers, having been impressed by Parker's courage when he stopped Vulture from stealing a Stark Cargo Plane. As part of this offer, the Iron Spider Armor was shown to Parker. Despite being sorely tempted, Parker - believing the offer to be a test - told Stark he would rather not join the Avengers yet, and the Armor was returned to storage.[3]

Infinity War

Rescue of Doctor Strange

Spider-Man's new armor is deployed

"Mr. Stark, it smells like a new car in here!"
"Happy trails, kid."
Spider-Man and Iron Man[src]

One day in 2018, Spider-Man was told by told by Iron Man to protect Doctor Strange who had been captured and taken in a Q-Ship. As Iron Man pursued the ship, he saw that Spider-Man intended to follow it into the upper atmosphere and ordered F.R.I.D.A.Y. to release the Iron Spider Armor’s pod, launching it from the New Avengers Facility to Spider-Man.

Spider-Man dons the new armor

As the Q-Ship continued to gain altitude, Spider-Man, unable to breathe due to the increasing loss of oxygen, fell off of the Q-Ship's surface moments before the launch pod arrived and the armor assembled around the Spider-Man Suit, resuscitating Peter in time for him to land on the ship's inner ring. Iron Man then boarded the ship after ordering F.R.I.D.A.Y to send Spider-Man home with the armor's parachute.

Spider-Man boards the Q-Ship

However, Spider-Man managed to latch onto the side of the Q-Ship with a strand of webbing and release his parachute, quickly resuming his chase. Climbing up the ship, Parker managed to get inside before the ship sealed closed for its flight to Titan. After revealing he was still onboard the ship, Stark scolded Parker for his recklessness, to which Parker replied that it was Stark's fault for giving him the armor. Stark reluctantly moved on and told Peter to decide how to take out Ebony Maw below them.

Spider-Man saves Doctor Strange from the ship's hull breach

As Maw tortured Strange to obtain the Time Stone, Iron Man attacked and breached the ship's hull, causing the sudden decompression to suck Maw into the vacuum of space, killing him. Strange nearly followed before Spider-Man rescued him, summoning his armor's spider-legs to combat the pull from the sudden vacuum long enough for Iron Man to seal it.[2]

Battle of Titan

Spider-Man attempts to retrieve the Infinity Gauntlet

After the ship crashed on Titan, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man were suddenly attacked by the Guardians of the Galaxy, during which he was quickly subdued by Star-Lord. Once the two factions realized they were on the same side, Peter stood by while Tony and Peter Quill formulated a strategy, amused by the banter.

Spider-Man saves members of the Guardians of the Galaxy

Later, during the Battle of Titan, he participated in the battle with Thanos, using his armor and Strange's portals to maneuver around the Titan, even surviving being slammed by Thanos. After Mantis lulled the Mad Titan into submission, Spider-Man used the suit's legs to pull the Infinity Gauntlet off before Thanos broke free. Swinging through the desolate landscape of the planet, Spider-Man rescued Mantis, Drax, and Nebula after they had been flung away by Thanos. Once Thanos had completed the Infinity Gauntlet and used its power to wipe out half of all life in the universe, the armor disintegrated along with Spider-Man.[2]

Battle of Earth

Spider-Man joins the battle

"Activate Instant-Kill."
Spider-Man[src]

In 2023, Spider-Man was restored to life by the Blip, awaking on Titan. Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and the Guardians of the Galaxy then joined the rest of the Avengers and their allies at the destroyed New Avengers Facility in a stand against an alternate Thanos and his army.

Spider-Man protects the Nano Gauntlet

During the battle, Spider-Man used his webs to stop Cull Obsidian from attacking Iron Man, pulling him back so Giant-Man could step on him, killing him. Later, he used his Web-Shooters to grab the Nano Gauntlet from Black Panther to deliver it to the Quantum Tunnel. However, Spider-Man was quickly overwhelmed by a hoard of Outriders and activated the armor's Instant-Kill mode to protect him, causing the armor's spider legs to rapidly kill any Outrider that got in range. As he became overrun by Outriders, Captain America threw Mjølnir past him, allowing him to escape by firing a web strand to latch onto the hammer. When the aerial assault from the Sanctuary II cut his web, Parker was saved by Pepper Potts, who placed him on Aragorn with Valkyrie before another blast threw him off. Crashing onto the battlefield, the armor's spider-legs were broken as Spider-Man was helpless to defend himself until Captain Marvel arrived, destroying Thanos' warship and relieving him of the Gauntlet. Afterwards, Iron Man sacrificed his life to defeat Thanos and his army, with Spider-Man at his side as he died.[4]

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

Spider-Man attends a charity event

"So, keeping the new suit?"
―Police Officer to Spider-Man[src]

In 2024, Parker wore the armor when he confronted and took down the Manfredi Crime Family.[5] He wore it again to a charity event helping families displaced by the Blip, greeting people and answering the questions of reporters. While packing to go on a school trip to Europe, he decidedly left the armor at home.[6]

Capabilities

"This suit is ridiculously intuitive."
Spider-Man[src]
  • Neural-Reactive Interface: The Iron Spider Armor is capable of quickly responding to Spider-Man's mental input. He later deployed the Spider-Legs without knowing he had them while attempting to rescue Doctor Strange.
    • Suit Materialization: Similar to his Mark L armor, Tony Stark created the Iron Spider Armor from nanites, allowing it to be stored in a small launch pod that could be deployed from the New Avengers Facility, as well as assemble itself around Spider-Man within seconds. The mask of the armor can also be dismissed at will, retracting down into the neckline of the armor.
      • Spider-Legs:

        Spider-Man using his Spider-Legs

        The armor is capable of manifesting four spider-legs, deployed from the back of the suit and controlled by an A.I. that anticipate how they can help him.[7] These spider-legs are able to withstand Thanos' grip without becoming damaged and can combat the pull of the vacuum caused by a hull breach. They were deployed to control his descent after catching Mantis in mid-air during the Battle of Titan, and previously deployed to stop him and Doctor Strange from being ejecting out of Ebony Maw's Q-Ship. During the Battle of Earth the spider-legs were used as offensive weapons when Spider-Man activated Instant-Kill Mode to protect himself from a hoard of Outriders, killing several of the creatures.
  • Self-Contained Environmental Protection: The armor is able to insulate Peter from harmful environments, notably outer space. When Peter passed out when attempting to board a Q-Ship in the upper atmosphere of Earth, the suit was able to resuscitate him after materializing, providing its own oxygen.
  • Remote Control: The armor was shown capable of being manipulated by F.R.I.D.A.Y. at Iron Man's command, notably deploying to Spider-Man's location and materializing around him, as well as deploying its parachute while Stark chased after Ebony Maw.
"It's bulletproof."
Spider-Man[src]
  • Enhanced Durability: The suit was able to withstand multiple attacks from the Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as a powerful slam from Thanos. It is also bulletproof, and was able to withstand multiple shots fired at it.
  • Armored Web-Shooters: The armor came equipped with large, bracer-like Web-Shooters worn on the wrist and part of the forearm.
  • Parachute: Like the Spider-Man Suit, the armor contained a parachute deployed from the rear spider symbol.

Spider-Man activates Instant-Kill Mode

  • Instant-Kill Mode: As the name suggests, this feature allows the Iron Spider Armor to attack with lethality, with the spider-legs functioning as offensive weapons. When activated, the suit's lenses switch from blue to red lights emitting from the eyes. Parker activated this feature during the Battle of Earth to protect himself from a hoard of Outriders while delivering the Nano Gauntlet to the Quantum Tunnel.

Trivia

  • In the comics, the Iron Spider Armor sports a hot-rod red and gold palette similar to Tony Stark's Iron Man armors.
  • The design of the Iron Spider Armor resembles that of Ben Reilly's suit during his time as Spider-Man in the comics.
    • There was a concept art of a black colored variant of the Iron Spider suit, which was worn by Aaron Davis in the comics.
  • The suit's deployment suggests that the suit has the capacity to be stored in a container slightly larger than Stark's housing unit for the Mark L armor. The deployed rocket booster sheds its outer layer to reveal a smaller containment unit, before shedding again to reveal a small black device that latches on to Parker's back before spreading out over him. However, in Spider-Man: Far From Home, it is revealed that the suit, when not being worn, is stored in nanite form inside a small, transparent box in Parker's room.

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