Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the next entry in Insomniac Games’ web series, is in the works, with the PS5 exclusive on track for release next year.
While there’s still a lot to learn about the highly anticipated sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Insomniac has confirmed that Spider-Man 2 will be a much “darker” game than the original – and the trailer announcement certainly seems to reflect that. We also know that this new entry will feature Both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, so we hope to be able to play as both this time around.
According to Wonderful (opens in new tab)fans can also expect “new abilities, new costumes, and of course new villains”, with one of those villains presumably being Venom, who makes a pretty intimidating appearance in the trailer.
Want to know more? Read everything we know about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 so far.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Get straight to the point
- What is it? The sequel to Marvel’s acclaimed Spider-Man
- When can I play? TBC 2023
- What can I play on? PS5
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: release date and platforms
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is set to release in 2023 exclusively for PS5, skipping PS4 entirely. We currently don’t have a more specific release date outside of the 2023 release window, although we expect developer Insomniac Games to lower the date sometime this year.
The good news is that Spider-Man 2 is still on track for its 2023 release window, according to Insomniac. Inside answer (opens in new tab) for a fan concerned about a delay on Twitter, the official Insomniac Games account said, “We’re making good progress and it’s still slated for 2023.”
While unconfirmed, it’s possible we could see Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 coming to PC at a later date. We’ve seen Sony bringing more and more of its first-party titles to PC recently, with Marvel’s Spider-Man already on the platform and Miles Morales arriving in November. We wouldn’t expect Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to be available on Steam at launch, but a later PC release seems likely.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: trailer
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was revealed with a trailer at the September 2021 PlayStation Showcase. The trailer is only a minute and a half long, but it gives us a good amount of detail. On the one hand, we see Peter Parker and Miles Morales taking jabs at henchmen, hinting that we can play as both Spider-Men this time around.
In the end, we got a surprise appearance from Spider-Man’s infamous villain Venom – an outside world symbiote with a passion for violence – so we’d expect him to be one of the sequel’s main villains. Unfortunately, there was no gameplay to analyze, but we briefly see a scene of Peter receiving a spike in energy with his Iron Spider arms, suggesting the suit’s powers may be returning.
We also hear an ominous voice talking over the trailer, suggesting that Peter and Miles will have one more villain to contend with. Based on his rant about looking for a challenge and formidable opponent, we’d bet on Kraven the Hunter – a classic Spider-Man villain with a similar attitude towards the prey he seeks out in the comics. Check out the trailer below:
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: news and rumors
Incoming gameplay reveal?
Media expert and analyst Millie Amand has stated that we will see gameplay from Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 soon. Claiming that he is currently “exceeding expectations for Marvel’s superiors”, Amand tweeted that “‘Fluidity’ and ‘Visual Punch’ are impressive according to a Marvel employee”. She ended by saying that we will have gameplay footage soon.
Unfortunately, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 did not appear in the September 2022 State of Play, which was announced after this update. Hopefully it won’t be long before we get to see Insomniac’s upcoming sequel for the first time.
SpiderMan 2 for PS5 is ‘exceeding expectations’ for Marvel’s superiors. ‘Fluidity’ and ‘visual punch’ are impressive according to a Marvel employee. Another employee thought he was watching a scene. The gameplay will be shown soon. pic.twitter.com/74QkfySpBqSeptember 6, 2022
Co-op on the cards?
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could include some sort of co-op element, according to rumors.
Following the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man on PC, dataminers discovered what appears to be a discarded multiplayer mode in the game’s files. found by twitter (opens in new tab) DniweTamp user (via reddit (opens in new tab)) the files appear to show co-op and multiplayer notifications, as well as some sort of PvP mode that would pit Miles Morales and Peter Parker against each other in a competition.
That’s too exciting a thing to rule out, but Insomniac never announced any plans for a multiplayer mode in the first place. Now, fans are naturally wondering if we could see the feature make some sort of appearance in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
O PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the game quite explicitly said the sequel is a single-player experience, but the reveal trailer relied heavily on Peter fighting alongside Miles, something that could translate well to co-op. While it doesn’t seem impossible that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could actually be released as a single-player experience but add a co-op element at a later date, we can’t be sure about Insomniac’s plans until it officially confirms them.
Miles Morales Novel Writer Joins Insomniac Games
Brittney M. Morris, author of Miles Morales’ prequel novel Wings of Fury, has joined Insomniac Games as a writer. Morris announced the news on Twitter, revealing that the first project she will be working on is Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
The addition of Morris to the team is certainly good news. His novel was well received and his knowledge of the Miles Morales character is sure to be a boon to the writing of the sequel.
Well, I promised big announcements in the new year, so here we go! I joined @insomniacgames! First project: #SpiderManPS5 🎮😄 pic.twitter.com/dBPJyMGiCXJanuary 6, 2022
It will be a darker sequel like Empire Strikes Back
It looks like we really are getting the darkest Spider-Man game we’ve all wanted. During an appearance on This week on the Marvel Podcast (opens in new tab)Marvel’s vice president of creative Bill Rosemann explained that “if the first Spider-Man game was Star Wars [A New Hope]Spider-Man 2 is a kind of our Empire [Strikes Back]. It gets a little darker.”
This certainly makes us happy here at TRG, as it hopefully means Insomniac’s Spider-Man will continue to be his own distinct version, rather than an imitation of the more familiar version we’re used to in the MCU.
Horror Movie Star Will Play Venom
taking to the officer PlayStation Blog (opens in new tab) following PlayStation Showcase 2021, Insomniac Games revealed that horror movie star Tony Todd (who plays Candyman in the original film series of the same name) will voice Venom.
Todd is the perfect choice for Venom and is sure to deliver a sinister, throaty voice that will have us hiding behind the couch whenever Venom is on screen. His casting also reinforces our hope that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 takes on a more horror-themed tone, so we’re especially happy to hear of his involvement.
Speaking of voice actors, Yuri Lowenthal and Nadji Jeter will reprise their roles as Peter and Miles, respectively.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: what we want to see
The trailer seems to suggest that we’ll play as Miles and Peter, and Miles’ solo game ending would confirm that, but we still don’t know for sure. We certainly hope to be able to play as both Spider-Men, as this would give Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 a lot more story and gameplay options (and give us double the web-shooting action).
Spider-Duo is seen performing combined moves during the PlayStation Showcase 2021 teaser, which indicates that we can play as both of them at the same time at various points in the game, but since it was all just a cinema, there’s no way of knowing for sure.
A Scarier Side of Spider-Man
With Venom and (potentially) Kraven the Hunter appearing in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Insomniac appears to be directing its story towards the scariest villains in Spider-Man’s rogues gallery.
Hopefully Insomniac will delve even further into this and include several other scary characters like the Lizard, Morbius (or other Marvel vampires like Morlun) and maybe even the Jackal. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Green Goblin or the Hob Goblin also showed up.
Curt Conners, the human scientist who transforms into the Lizard, has previously appeared in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales hinting that his villainous side could very well appear in the sequel. The same goes for Norman Osborn, who was a key character in Marvel’s first Spider-Man game, so it might not be long before he becomes the Green Goblin.
Based on Marvel’s Spider-Man DLC ending, it looks like Venom could be Harry Osborn (Norma’s son) in this series. If Harry meets some terrible fate – apparently at Spider-Man’s hands – it could be what drives Norman Osborn to become a villain.
We’ll admit that Jackal and Morlun make a lot less sense as they connect to much longer stories like the Spider-Man Clone Saga and Spider-Verse that would deserve their own dedicated game, but we’ll have to wait and see.
A world beyond New York
While Spider-Man is known for being a New York hero, we’d love to see our wall-crawler take a trip to new locations in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 before the city starts to go stale. While the teaser seems to suggest that we’ll definitely be in a city similar to New York at some points, thanks to the PS5’s SSD storage and power, Insomniac will also be able to charge in other big places to explore.
One option – especially if they go the terror route – could be to include a character like Doctor Strange who could transport us into fearsome realms, or we could see our heroes flee if they find Kraven the Hunter too deadly a threat to deal with. . Heck, we could even visit Symkaria, the home of Silver Sable, and a location Peter was visiting in Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
New York definitely works great as a setting for the Spider-Man games, thanks to its skyscrapers that are perfect for swinging on the web, but as it has appeared in Insomniac’s two previous titles, we’re worried it’s going to get boring eventually.