Over the weekend at PSX, Insomniac put out a short behind-the-scenes featurette discussing the elements of Marvel’s classic superhero that they wanted to shine a line on with Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The team remains very focused on the character of Martin Li/Mr. Negative, and how taking down Li’s villainous alter ego, aside from being its own huge challenge, would also drastically affect Peter Parker’s personal life. If it wasn’t clear before that Mr. Negative is the primary villain in Spider-Man, it certainly looks that way now.
We don’t get to see anything incredibly new from the cuts of gameplay footage sprinkled throughout the video, but there are a few alternate shots of Spider-Man traversing New York in the previously shown helicopter chase, and we get a longer hold on the teases of The Shocker and Norman Osborn, which we also caught a glimpse of in previous footage.
It bears repeating that this game has no direct ties to other existing Spider-Man canon, which will give Insomniac some freedom to play in the space they want. We think designing their own suit for the web-slinger is meant to symbolize that this is a whole new bag for the webhead. Expect Marvel’s Spider-Man to pull from a few different iterations, but bear in mind too that a decent chunk of it will probably be reinvented in their own vision. From where we stand, with the absolute wealth of Spider-Man content right now (have you seen the trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse yet?) the more creativity from Insomniac the better.
We’ve already seen quick shots from the game that suggest the possibility we might play as other characters in some fashion, and we’re hoping that Miles Morales’s close presence to Peter in the footage so far means we’ll get to play as both versions of Spidey throughout the game. But then again, we’ve fantasized about everything this game could be from every angle since it was first announced. We’re ready for it to launch, and that vague 2018 launch window has us frustrated with anticipation.
Marvel’s Spider-Man from Insomniac is due for release sometime between Q1 and Q2 of 2018.
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