Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is certainly at the top of the list of most anticipated multiplayer games coming in 2023. It will be a PS5 exclusive and will continue the story of Peter Parker and Miles Morales as they face new enemies.
While there’s still a lot to learn about Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales sequel, we do know a few details thanks to the game’s initial reveal. It will be launched in 2023, although we do not have exact dates yet. Along with the reveal, a teaser trailer was released. It showed Venom coming out of the shadows towards Peter and Miles. Kraven the Hunter is also said to be one of the villains.
There are plenty of questions Sony and Insomniac have yet to answer about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, but it’s still early days. As we get closer to a possible release date, we’ll likely hear more about what we should expect from Spidey’s second outing. For now, here’s everything we know so far.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Get to the point
- What is this? Sequel to the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man
- When can I play it? to be confirmed 2023
- What can I play it on? PS5
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Release Date and Platforms
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is set to release in 2023 exclusively on PS5, bypassing PS4 entirely. We don’t have a more specific release date at this time other than a 2023 release date, although we expect developer Insomniac Games to narrow down the date later this year.
The good news is that Spider-Man 2 is still on track for a 2023 release, according to Insomniac. In response (opens in a new tab) to a fan concerned about the delay on Twitter, the official Insomniac Games account said, “We’re making a lot of progress and it’s still planned for 2023.”
While it hasn’t been confirmed, it’s possible that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will come to PC at a later date. We’ve seen Sony bring more and more of its own titles to PC lately, with Marvel’s Spider-Man already on the platform and Miles Morales coming in November. We wouldn’t expect Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to be available on Steam at launch, but it seems like a later release for PC.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Trailer
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was revealed with a trailer at the PlayStation Showcase in September 2021. The trailer only lasts about a minute and a half, but offers us quite a bit of detail. First, we see Peter Parker and Miles Morales take on thugs fighting, suggesting we could be playing as both Spider-Men this time around.
At the very end, the infamous Spider-Man villain Venom made an unexpected appearance – an outside world symbiote with a penchant for violence – so we expect him to be one of the sequel’s main villains. Unfortunately, there was no gameplay to analyze, but for a moment we see a shot of Peter receiving a power surge with his Iron Spider arms, suggesting that the suit’s powers may be making a comeback.
We also hear an ominous voice speaking through the trailer, hinting that Peter and Miles will have another villain to face. Based on their speech about seeking a challenge and a powerful adversary, we’d bet on Kraven the Hunter – a classic Spider-Man villain with a similar attitude to the victim he seeks out in the comics. Check out the trailer below:
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: news and rumors
Gameplay will reveal the upcoming?
Insider and media analyst Millie Amand claims we’ll see Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay soon. Claiming it’s currently “exceeding the expectations of Marvel’s superiors,” Amand tweeted that the “smoothness” and “visual punch” are striking according to a Marvel employee “. She ended it by saying that we’ll be getting gameplay footage soon.
Unfortunately, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 did not appear in the September 2022 state of play or the one that aired in October 2022. Hopefully, it won’t be long before we get our first look at the upcoming Insomniac sequel.
SpiderMan 2 on PS5 “exceeds expectations” of Marvel’s superiors. The “smoothness” and “visual punch” are striking according to a Marvel employee. Another employee thought he was watching a cutscene. Gameplay will be shown soon. pic.twitter.com/74QkfySpBqSeptember 6, 2022
Collaboration on cards?
According to rumors, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 may contain some element of cooperation.
Following the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man on PC, dataminers discovered what appears to be a scrapped multiplayer mode in the game’s files. Found by Twitter (opens in a new tab) user DniweTamp (via Reddit (opens in a new tab)) the files seem to show notifications for co-op and multiplayer, as well as some PvP mode where Miles Morales and Peter Parker will face off against each other in a competition.
It’s a pretty exciting thing to scrap, but Insomniac never really announced any plans for multiplayer. Now fans are naturally wondering if we could see this feature coming to Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
The PlayStation blog post (opens in a new tab) when announcing the game, he quite clearly said that the sequel is a single-player experience, but the revealed trailer relied heavily on Peter fighting alongside Miles, which could translate well to co-op. While it doesn’t seem impossible that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could actually launch as a single-player game but add a co-op element at a later date, we just can’t be sure of Insomniac’s plans until it officially confirms them.
Writer Miles Morales joins Insomniac Games
Brittney M. Morris, author of Miles Morales’ prequel novel Wings of Fury, has joined Insomniac Games as a screenwriter. Morris announced the news on Twitter, revealing that the first project she will be working on will be Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
Morris joining the team is certainly good news. Her novel was well received, and her familiarity with the character of Miles Morales is sure to be a boon to writing a 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
Looks like we’re really getting the darker Spider-Man game we all wanted. During the performance on This week on the Marvel Podcast (opens in a new tab)Marvel’s Creative Vice President Bill Rosemann explained that “if the first Spider-Man game was Star Wars [A New Hope]Spider-Man 2 is something like our Empire [Strikes Back]. It’s getting a little darker.”
That certainly pleases us here at TRG as we hope Spider-Man Insomniac stays its own distinct version rather than an imitation of the more family-friendly version we’re used to seeing in the MCU.
The horror star will play Venom
Taking to the official PlayStation Blog (opens in a new tab) After PlayStation Showcase 2021, Insomniac Games revealed that horror star Tony Todd (who plays Candyman in the original film series of the same title) will voice Venom.
Todd is the perfect choice for Venom and is sure to deliver the sinister, guttural voice that will have us hiding behind the couch whenever Venom is on screen. His casting also confirms our hope that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will take on a more horror tone, so we’re especially delighted to hear about 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 we’ll be playing as both Miles and Peter, and the ending of Miles’ solo play would confirm that, but we don’t know for sure yet. However, we’re hoping to play as both Spider-Men, as it would give Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 a lot more story and gameplay options (and give us twice as much online action).
Spider-Duo is performing move combos during the PlayStation Showcase 2021 trailer, which indicates we could be playing as both at the same time at different points in the game, but given it’s just a movie, there’s no way to know for sure.
The scariest side of Spider-Man
With the arrival of Venom and (potentially) Kraven the Hunter in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Insomniac seems to be focusing its story on the more terrifying villains in Spider-Man’s rogues gallery.
Hopefully, Insomniac will delve even deeper into this and include some more terrifying characters like the Lizard, Morbius (or other Marvel vampires like Morlun), and maybe even the Jackal. We wouldn’t be surprised if a Green Goblin or Hob Goblin showed up as well.
Curt Conners, the human scientist turned Lizard, has already made an appearance in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, hinting that his villainous side may well show up in the sequel. The same goes for Norman Osborn, who was a key character in the first Marvel’s Spider-Man game, so it may 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 suffers some terrible fate – apparently at the hands of Spider-Man – this could be the reason why Norman Osborn becomes a villain.
We’ll admit that Jackal and Morlun make a lot less sense as they tie into much longer stories like Spider-Man’s Clone Saga and Spider-Verse that would deserve their own dedicated game, but we’ll have to wait and see.
The world beyond New York
While Spider-Man is known as New York City’s hero, we’d love to see our wall-crawler venture out to new places in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 before the city starts to feel dated. While the trailer seems to imply that we’ll definitely be in a New York-like city at some points, thanks to the SSD storage and power of the PS5, Insomniac will be able to load up in other major locations to explore as well.
One option – especially if they choose the horror route – could be to include a character like Doctor Strange who could transport us to terrifying 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, Silver Sable’s home and the place Peter visited in Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
New York definitely works great as a setting for Spider-Man games with looming skyscrapers that are perfect for swinging the web, but given that it was already present in both previous Insomniac titles, we’re worried that it will eventually it will become boring.