Everything we know about Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man is one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world. His popularity in media is hard to understate, with ongoing films, comics, multiple animated series, and, of course, video games. The web-slinger has been on home consoles ever since the Atari days, and each new generation has given us better and better games. The latest game, which paired the comic book hero with the perfect developer to handle this acrobatic, sarcastic neighborhood hero — Insomniac Games — was a smash hit in every respect. Critics praised it, fans loved it, and it sold like crazy. Plus, it probably was a major contributing factor in Sony’s outright purchase of the studio. Naturally, we all knew a sequel had to be coming.

When the PlayStation 5 launched, we got the stand-alone expansion of sorts in Spider-Man: Miles Moraleswhich let us play as the new spider on the block in his own story. Now the focus has been set on the proper, full sequel, which looks to take everything from the original game and the expansion and combine it all into a truly amazing new Spider-Man (Spider-Men?) title. The game was only just revealed, so a lot of the finer details are still out of reach, but we’ve used our spider senses to untangle all the information there is about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

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Release date

Venom poses for the camera.

For the moment, we have about the widest possible release window there is. 2023 is as close as Sony wanted to pin down this game’s release. This makes sense, given how many of their titles have been delayed, but also because of just how much Insomniac has had on its plate. Right after Marvel’s Spider-Man and its DLC, the company got Spider-Man: Miles Morales out at the end of 2020, and then months later, released Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Plus, at the same time, Marvel’s Wolverine was announced. That’s a lot of output for one studio, so late 2023 would actually be quite quick for a full Spider-Man sequel.

Platforms

Spider-Man attacks an enemy while wearing a metal spider suit in Spider-Man 2.

As we suspected from the end trailer and what was confirmed via a PlayStation blog post, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be a PS5 exclusive. This is the first major Sony first-party game that won’t also be coming to PS4. Insomniac’s Ryan Schneider, head of franchise strategy and studio relations, wrote, “We’re so thrilled to continue the journey of both Peter Parker and Miles Morales in their most epic single-player adventure yet, coming exclusively to PlayStation 5 consoles in 2023.” So, sorry PS4 folks, hopefully you can get your hands on the new console before this game launches.

PC is another platform that Sony has begun experimenting with bringing their first-party games to, such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Goneand even now both Spider-Man games. However, these often take years to come over, if at all, so for now, just assume the PS5 is the only way to play Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Trailers

We got a purely cinematic trailer during the PlayStation Showcase in September, which was our first true confirmation of the game existing. The trailer is quick but packed with details to dig into.

The trailer opens with narration playing from what Spidey fans strongly believe to be the villain Kraven the Hunter, a Russian villain who was introduced as trying to hunt and defeat Spider-Man to prove that he is the greater hunter. That lines up with many of the narration lines here that speak about finding a true foe worthy of his time. Still, with no visual to go with the voice, this is still speculative.

As the narration goes on, we see both Peter and Miles taking down thugs in the streets. Peter uses his gadgets, specifically the Iron Spider limbs, despite the suit not being the Iron Spider design, and Miles has his venom powers to shock enemies. They team up, webbing a thug together before the narration comes to a close as the camera pulls in on a dark alley. This is where we learn the narration may not be talking about Peter and Miles when the narrator says, “… one of you finally give me what I desire?” The real villain, Venom, replies in a gravelly voice, “Yes. We will.”

We only see a bit of a street and an alley, but we are left wondering if this game will expand the map to go beyond the main New York setting.

Speaking of voices, while we never hear Peter or Miles, both Yuri Lowenthal and Jadji Jeter will return to play their respective Spider-Men, while Venom will be played by Candyman actor Tony T