Insomniac Games is currently hard at work on the PS5-exclusive sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man along with Marvel’s Wolverine, the former set to release in 2023. However, fans can look forward to this next instalment in the Spider-Man gaming universe being “darker” than the first game, swiftly being compared to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Speaking on the This Week In Marvel podcast recently, Marvel Games’ creative vice president Bill Rosemann spoke a bit about Insomnias Games and their aspirations for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, calling it darker than the first game:
“If the first Spider-Man game was Star Wars, Spider-Man 2 is kind of our Empire. It gets a little darker.”
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was revealed at September’s PlayStation Showcase event, teasing both Peter Parker and Miles Morales teaming up to take down Venom (and some speculate Kraven the Hunter could be involved too).
We’re still left in the dark about the exact story or gameplay details, but judging by the light-hearted tone of the first game and its standalone expansion Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, things could very well take a shift into darker territory thematically – especially with the beloved heroes going up against the lethal protector, Venom.
Candyman and Final Destination actor Tony Todd will voice Venom in the upcoming game, with Yuri Lowenthal and Nadji Jeter presumably returning as Peter and Miles, respectively.
Insomniac Games haven’t really dabbled in mature or darker tones for their past projects, with games like Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive being known for the goofy, fun and light-hearted gameplay. This carried over into their Spider-Man games well, but it looks like they’re changing their tune a bit with Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. The same can be said about Marvel’s Wolverine, which will be more “mature” in tone than anything they’ve done before.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is currently in development as a PlayStation 5 exclusive and is expected to release sometime in 2023.