4. Revamped Sam Raimi suit
Sometimes you just can't beat a classic.
Between the events of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, there was a difference that not many people might have fully noticed: Tobey Maguire's suit underwent a minor revamp. A few tweaks and adjustments were made to ensure the iconic costume could be the very best it could be, and the result paid off without a doubt. No matter how cool the Black suit was, nor how ground-breaking the original Sam Raimi costume turned out to be, this is the best look Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker ever sported.
The lenses are smaller this time around, allowing for the rest of Spidey's mask to breathe. The front spider symbol increased in size while the opposite occurred for the back symbol. The wall-crawler's globes opted to include a different web pattern, and there was a change in colors for the suit's boot soles. All of these minor changes can be appreciated here:
We've previously discussed how some suits had no apparent reason for existing besides selling more merchandise. However, the changes in the revamped suit were so minor that we can't imagine they were done for parents to purchase more toys. Instead, their only purpose is to improve as much as possible over something that was already iconic in the first place. No wonder Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 is considered to be one of the best superhero movies ever if even small details such as these were done with love and care.
Even if both suits are almost identical, audiences can notice something must have happened to them between Spider-Man 1 and Spider-Man 2. Peter's costume just looks better for some reason, and the very first time I watched the movie I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was. Spidey's mask is easier to look at in the sequel, and it is due to an almost imperceptible change in the shape of the lenses.
Maybe fans won't immediately pick on all of these differences, but they will know there's something special about Spidey's look in Spider-Man 2 that wasn't present in its predecessor. As a result, it's impossible not to rank this suit higher than the other two outfits in Sam Raimi's amazing movie trilogy.