It’s no secret that Marvel’s Spider-Man has quickly become a favorite title of many Playstation gamers (especially us here at PCU). The game is a LOT of fun (with only a couple of smaller flaws), and has a lot of stuff going on to keep gamers busy for a good long while beyond its purported 20-hour narrative.
That being said, you can imagine our cautious excitement when we heard that Insomniac Games’ creative director Bryan Inihar stopped just short of confirming a sequel to this year’s smash-hit Playstation exclusive. In a recent statement, Inihar mentioned that the studio wanted to keep players “engaged”.
“Nothing to announce [regarding a sequel], but we obviously want to keep you engaged in our Spider-Man universe. That’s why we said right off the bat you’re going to have three drops of DLC. It’s not just activities in the city; this is a full story. You’re going to get a chunky, new experience.”
Yep. You read that correctly: “Spider-Man universe”. It’s phrasing like that which gives me hope that Insomniac Games might be looking to expand a lot further on their take on the classic Marvel hero and his rogues gallery. There still so many characters out there that we didn’t get to meet in the PS4 title, and there are quite a few more stories that could be told. A second installment of Spidey’s saga could take on so many different story arcs. From Madame Web’s cryptic warnings about Spider-Man’s future, to Venom and the introduction of the symbiotes, and of course, the classic Green Goblin.
While it’s still a bit early to think about a sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man, the game left a lot of gamers wondering and theorizing as to what could come next for Ol’ Webhead. As it turns out, the upcoming episodic DLC may continue that trend, as Bryan Inithar has hinted at some “twists and turns” which are set to take place in the new content. While speaking about the first episode of The City That Never Sleeps (due out on October 23rd), called The Heist, Bryan Inithar mused,
“You’re going to see some twists and turns you might not expect with Spider-Man and Black Cat. And then that will set up the other two that will be released before the end of the year.”
As we can see by this teaser, Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy) has entered the fray in earnest with Spidey, and we’ll just have to wait and see whether the two will be fighting on opposite sides, or doing their on-again-off-again superhero flirting thing. My vote would be, “Why not both??”. These two characters have always had (in my opinion) one of the most interesting dynamics in Marvel comics. While there has always been a palpable romantic (and occasionally sexual) tension between the two of them, it’s never quite worked out to their benefit – what with Felicia being a thief, and all. Still, as he’s ever the optimist, Spidey always seems to retain a glimmer of hope that Black Cat will change her thieving ways and adopt the more straight and narrow path in life. However, those of us who’ve come to know and love these two characters know that that’s probably never going to happen. It seems like they’re destined to do their cat and mouse (cat and spider?) thing forever.
With this news, and a brief look at The City That Never Sleeps, it would seem that good things are afoot when it comes to Insomniac Games and Spider-Man. Plus, it can be a lot of fun to speculate and guess as to what may come next in a potential franchise that is this good.
What do you all think, dear readers? Who would you like to see in a potential sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man, and why? Let us know in the comments below!