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Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 was announced at Sony’s livestream event, and there are a number of familiar Marvel faces anticipated to be in the game.
With a solid showcase by Sony at their recent livestream event, one of the biggest titles announced was Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2, the full-fledged sequel to their 2018 hit, Spider-Man. While 2020’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales spin-off was a solid entry to the series, fans are eager to see where Insomniac takes Peter‘s story next.
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Unfortunately, the teaser leaves fans with little to no information on what the sequel’s story will be or which characters will be appearing. However, prominent appearances from both Peter and Miles‘ Spider-Men suggest they’ll both play significant roles in the story, while a voiceover from Kraven the Hunter and brief glimpse of Venom hint at the conflicts to come.
There’s actually a good case to be made for Peter’s former mentor to both appear and not appear in the sequel. If Insomniac plan on using the villain in a later entry down the line, this entry is the perfect excuse for the disgraced scientist to spend some time stewing in the Raft. However, Otto Octavius sits on some incredibly dangerous information—he knows exactly who Peter is. And, if it’s anything like “One More Day” or the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home, the narrative potential of revealing Peter’s identity is simply too rich to pass up.
While the first game’s DLC is largely a snooze fest compared to its fantastic main story, it did introduce one character with an exceptional talent for causing trouble: Felicia Hardy a.k.a. Black CatThe City That Never Sleeps reveals Peter and Felicia dated for some time after he and MJ broke up, allowing the salacious thief to catfish Peter into believing they shared a son who had been abducted by Hammerhead. Although ultimately a ruse, Felicia does seem to have an uncanny knack for showing up when Peter least expects it.
The post-credit scene in Miles Morales follows up on the original game’s post-credit scene, with Norman Osborn demanding for his son to be released from containment. While Norman only refers to the scientist by his first name here, the game’s subtitles reveal the character to be none other than Curt Connors, perhaps better known as Lizard.
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Judging from the sequence, it’s clear that Connors hasn’t undergone his transformation into the scaly reptile yet. But, if the events of the first game are any indication—with Norman inadvertently creating Mister Negative and Doctor Octopus through Devil’s Breath—then it’s only a matter of time before Connors meets a similar fate.
Miles’ mom has been featured rather prominently in Insomniac’s first two outings; it makes no sense why she wouldn’t have a major role in the upcoming sequel, especially now that she finds herself in a position of power on the city council. Furthermore, Rio Morales is Miles’ version of Aunt May—she’s the guardian figure who’s always on the lookout for her son. And, since she’s now aware of Miles’ superhero adventuring, she’ll undoubtedly be worried about the ominous threats the Spider-Men will face in the upcoming sequel.
Simply put, it’s not really Spider-Man unless J. Jonah Jameson is in it in some way. The zealous publisher is well-known for the smear campaigns he constantly runs on the web slinger, and is commonly known for his association with the Daily Bugle. However, JJJ has retired from the tabloid in this continuity, choosing to continue his “good” work against the wall crawler by espousing conspiracy theories on his own podcast. The actions would lead to Danika Hart starting her own rival podcast in support of the web heads in Miles Morales.
He appeared in Spider-Man and again in Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It would make sense, then, that Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin would appear in Spider-Man 2. While Peter takes down the burly crime boss in the opening of Insomniac’s 2018 game, his fall triggered the rise of Martin Li’s Inner Demons. Miles Morales sees Kingpin make a brief cameo as he attempts to unsuccessfully escape the Raft. If the enemies Peter and Miles fight in the Spider-Man 2 trailer are indeed the Hand, then the crime lord may very well be up to no good again.
In this continuity, Mary Jane Watson is a determined, relentless news reporter working for the Daily Bugle to get the latest scoop on what’s hopping around the Big Apple. Her actions eventually lead to a run-in with her ex, prompting the pair to work together to solve the Devil’s Breath crisis. Following Otto’s defeat, MJ and Peter rekindle their relationship, and as of the end of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, it was implied the two were still together, meaning fans should expect to see more of Ms. Watson in the sequel.
While Mister Negative and Doctor Octopus take front and center stage is the main antagonists of 2018’s Spider-Man, Mayor Norman Osborn is the true source of Peter Parker’s woes. In a desperate attempt to save his son, Norman invested an inordinate amount of money and resources into a “cure” called Devil’s Breath, which became weaponized by the Sinister Six.
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However, when MJ searches Norman’s penthouse during the Devil’s Breath crisis, she finds something even more sinister: a prototype goblin helmet along with bombs, suggesting that Norman has already begun to embrace his villainous persona as the Green Goblin. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when Insomniac will choose to pay this dark path off.
While not actually confirmed, many fans suspect that the voice in the Spider-Man 2 trailer belongs to Sergei Kravinoff, more famously known as Kraven the Hunter. The way the dialogue is presented certainly suggests it as such, hinting that Insomniac may be choosing to adapt the popular comic run “Kraven’s Last Hunt.” If that’s the case, then Peter and Miles are in for some real trouble when the Russian comes looking for them, thus begging the question: Will they survive the hunt?
Revealed by a brief flash of lightning, the Venom fans see at the end of the Spider-Man 2 trailer isn’t bonded to Eddie Brock; rather, it’s Harry Osborn as suggested by events from the previous two franchise entries. Likely, in a desperate attempt to save his son, Norman allowed the black symbiote to bond with him. However, it’s still unknown about whether or not Harry’s Venom will be friend or foe in the sequel. But if he does befriend the wall crawlers, he’ll likely brawl with them a time or two first.
Miles Morales gave fans a fresh take on a new Spider-Man that felt distinctly different from the fine-tuned style of Peter Parker. Not only does Miles have the abilities of camouflage and Venom strikes, but his more wild, snappy fight style makes the title a true spectacle to play. Fortunately, it appears that Miles continues to be equally active during the events of Spider-Man 2, giving hope to fans who are excited by the idea of playing as Miles again.
Spider-Man 2, of course, is inevitably a story about Peter Parker. While Games Head of Franchise Strategy and Studio Relations Ryan Schneider promised that Insomniac explores the stories of both Peter and Miles in this title, Peter has higher stakes in this conflict based on the teaser footage, namely through Harry’s Venom. 2018’s Spider-Man establishes that Peter, MJ, and Harry were all very close once upon a time. While it’s not the first time he’s done it, it’ll nevertheless be difficult for Peter to confront an old friend.
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Dylan Candelora is a lists writer for CBR who mainly writes about video games, but is also passionate about all things related to the MCU and Star Wars. Although he has sold his heart and soul to Kingdom Hearts, become a Nobody, and joined the Organization, Dylan also harbors a deep love for Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy VII. When not obsessing over games, he can be found going for a run at his local park or surfing the web for cat videos.


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