In many ways, Insomniac’s Spider-Manuniverse has achieved what the MCU failed to do: establish a relatable, epic Spidey tale that captures the flair of the classic comics. From Peter Parker’s persona to his relationship with Aunt May and his archnemeses, Insomniac’s first Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 remains one of the finest superhero games ever made. Now, as Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 draws ever closer, we’re about to witness that same universe and story come to life once more – only this time, the stakes will be higher than ever before. Featuring an amazing (no pun intended) cast of heroes and villains, Spider-Man 2 already looks like the game that every Spidey fan has ever wanted.
One of the critical reasons why fans should be excited about this game lies in the plot. While the first game created a unique story using bits and pieces of Spidey lore, Spider-Man 2 seems ready to tackle one of the best storylines ever seen in the comic: Kraven’s Last Hunt.
Some fans might think adapting Kraven’s Last Hunt so “early” in Insomniac’s saga makes little sense. After all, the story only makes sense once we consider the long and arduous rivalry between Kraven and Spidey – something absent in the Insomniac universe so far. Still, suppose Arkham Asylum managed to tell a convincing story of old foes as the first entry in its series. In that case, it’s safe to assume that Insomniac can establish the Spider and the Hunter’s rivalry for Spider-Man 2.
The way Insomniac has utilized the Spider-Man IP is nothing short of spectacular. Many would agree that the characters in the game are the best versions of the legendary characters we’ve seen since the Raimi days. There’s something uniquely heartbreaking about that scene between Peter and Aunt May in the first Spider-Man game that the MCU never managed to match. Not to rain on Marisa Tomei‘s parade, but Nancy Linari made us care for Aunt May again, as the character – and her relationship with Peter – is something that feels even more authentic than the live-action MCU films.
A common complaint with the MCU’s take on Spidey is how it feels like he’s just Iron Man’s successor. Tom Holland never got his time to shine as his own Spidey – not even in No Way Home, where he only played the part of Tobey Maguire’s successor. On the other hand, Insomniac has made it clear that this is a story about all things Spider-Man. It’s clear that the writers and designers love Spider-Man – not only as a character but as an icon representing the entirety of the comic book medium.
The fact that we’ll also see a story of Spider-Man teaming up with Miles Morales to go head-to-head against Venom is just the icing for this sensational saga. It’s just a way to prove that Insomniac gets what fans want to see in a Spider-Man story. It’s not about the multiverses, larger-than-life threats, or even the flashy sequences that only the MCU has to offer.
At its core, we love Spidey because he’s human – a realistic superhero who seems like just any other friendly neighbour. Insomniac has learned from the MCU’s mistakes and is ready to deliver, once again, the Spider-Man adventure of a lifetime.
Born in Venezuela – and still living there – Tito Pernalete loves all things geeky and sci-fi. He studied Social Communications in college: an odd career choice for a confessed introvert. Though he has experience as a director of photography for some short films, Tito has been a writer for most of his adult life, with a particular interest in movies/TV and tech in general. When he's not playing Elden Ring or binge-watching a horror movie marathon, you can find him planning his dream trip to Japan. His favourite film is RoboCop, but he also has a soft spot for cheesy 80s horror flicks and anything made by Wes Anderson.