A post made on X (formerly known as Twitter) by Evan Filarca has shed some light on how much Venom dialogue was axed from Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 before release. During a San Francisco FAN EXPO 2023 panel, Tony Todd (the in-game voice of Venom) claimed that developers Insomniac Games removed around 90% of the character’s voiced lines.
Todd didn’t go into much more explicit detail regarding the reasons behind the removal or even what portions of the game were affected by this decision. There’s a decent chance, however, that it may have been due to a perceived over-saturation of the iconic symbiote within the title during development – although that’s purely speculation at this point.
What is, perhaps, a more likely explanation surrounding this surprising revelation involves the rumours of a Venom-centric spin-off or fully-fledged sequel potentially holding some degree of truth. As you might expect though, this is once again to be taken with a few large sacks of salt – at least for now.
Focusing on both Peter Parker and Miles Morales contending with some all-time villainous greats like Kraven the Hunter and the Lizard (and Venom, of course) amidst the hustle and bustle of an open-world New York City, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the third title in the immensely successful game series, launched earlier this year for PS5 on 20 October to near-universal praise and is currently sitting at a whopping 90 on Metacritic, with an equally outstanding user score of 9.1.
Insomniac Games has additionally clarified that, going forward, Miles will take centre stage as the primary protagonist while Peter gets an opportunity to catch his breath. Speaking in a Gizmodo interview, the developer’s advanced writer, Brittney Morris said (potential spoiler warning):
“To me, it shows a great deal of evolution from Miles; at the beginning of the game, we see him struggling to figure out what he wants to do with his life. By the end, we had Miles carrying the burden of saving the city, and also carrying Pete when Pete wasn’t strong enough to carry himself at various points. That’s what’s been so cool about writing a story about two Spider-Men: they’re both strong, and one of them can be strong when the other is not. By the end, Miles is more confident and he’s like, ‘Yeah, I got this. How much worse can things get after what we just went through?”
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is available for PS5.
Article written by Ryan Pretorius