Details on the characters of Insomniac’s Spider-Man game were revealed today at the San Diego Comic Con, where certain character roles were elaborated upon and two new characters were revealed.
ComicBook.com reports that Insomniac Games creative director Bryan Intihar recently took the show floor at the San Diego Comic Con to talk about the characters of the game. From the sound of things, Martin Li – who moonlights as Mister Negative – is going to be the primary antagonist of the game, and there will be multiple things to connect both Martin and his alter-ego against Peter Parker and Spider-Man alike. But he’s not the only antagonist on the block, as Norman Osborn is serving as the mayor of New York City – and though there’s no word on whether or not he’ll end up factoring into the equation as the Green Goblin, Osborn on his own can be incredibly dangerous.
Other characters that will appear in the game are May Parker, who will have a more active role in this Spider-Man game than any of the ones preceding it, and Miles Morales, whose role isn’t exactly clear at this time, although he’ll be seen alongside his friend Ganke Lee at various points in the game. The game is said to be inspired by the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series, which isn’t exactly all that surprising considering that Miles being in the game is being seen as a pretty big deal in and of itself. Beyond characters, Insomniac noted that they want to make the best Spider-Man game possible, and Marvel Entertainment executive creative director boldly stated that they’re not going to blow it:
“We know we have one shot to get it right. We refuse to fail.”
Lastly, they teased a major battle between Spider-Man and Mister Negative on a subway – which they emphasized is not a cutscene and that players will be able to go wild in a close-quarters battle.
Spider-Man will be released in 2018 exclusively for the PS4.
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