Spider-Man 2: 10 Things Insomniac Should Adapt From Sony’s Venomverse – CBR – Comic Book Resources

With future Spider-Man games, Insomniac might want to consider taking a page out the Venomverse’s book as it seems to know what it is doing.
If the theatrical success of 2021’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage is indicative of anything, it’s that Sony‘s 2018 Venom solo film wasn’t a fluke. Not only is he one of Spider-Man‘s most iconic villains, but the Lethal Protector has proved himself to be popular among moviegoers as well, cementing his place in the pantheon of the superhero cinematic multiverse.
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Part of what may have contributed to Let There Be Carnage‘s success is Insomniac’s official reveal of Spider-Man 2 just one month prior during the September PlayStation showcase. And, while Tom Hardy certainly does a phenomenal job portraying both Eddie Brock and the black Klyntar, Tony Todd’s voiceover as Insomniac’s Venom still sends shivers down fans’ spines. With future Spider-Man games, Insomniac might want to consider taking a page out the Venomverse’s book as it seems to know what it is doing.
That being said, Insomniac should be taking plenty of notes from Sony’s success as they work to fully realize this terrifying antihero. Chief among these notes should be the idea of Venom having his own voice. The key dynamic that ultimately drives Sony’s Venom films is the strained (and often toxic) relationship between Eddie and Venom.
Fans shudder when they think of Topher Grace’s Venom from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 that saw the character lack a separate identity from Eddie, ultimately turning him into a generic run-of-the-mill villain. Fortunately, Hardy’s Venom reveals that both Eddie and the symbiote are individuals with different goals in life, a complex type of nuance that brought Insomniac’s 2018 Spider-Man to critical acclaim.
While Insomniac’s trailer reveals that the Lethal Protector will indeed make his official debut in Spider-Man 2—as evidenced by the trailer’s closing seconds—fans should note that the man hosting the symbiote in this world isn’t Eddie Brock. In fact, the controversial news reporter has yet to receive a mention in this universe.
Among all the individuals’ Venom has bonded with in the comics, Eddie Brock is undoubtedly the most famous and best host for the black symbiote. It will admittedly be exciting to see Peter Parker contend with the fact that his best friend Harry Osborn is hosting the Klyntar, but it only makes sense for Eddie to show up at some point to aid his alien companion.
The end of the 2018 game found New York City amidst the Devil’s Breath crisis, a respiratory airborne disease that was quickly and mercilessly ravaging the city’s population. While Spider-Man is fortunately able to bring down the Sinister Six and get a handle on things, the sequel can easily pick up this thread for other plot devices.
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One such plot device could see Devil’s Breath triggering the X-gene among the city population, inadvertently causing the birth of mutants. Perhaps this is a bit of a stretch, but it would be a great way to bring in characters like Shriek. Plus, if the reveal of Insomniac’s Wolverine hints that there could be a crossover between the two games, the theory isn’t entirely implausible.
Sony’s 2022 Morbius is the first film set in the Venomverse that does not feature the Lethal Protector. Starring Jared Leto as the titular character, Dr. Michael Morbius inadvertently inflicts himself with vampirism in his quest to cure a rare blood disease he has suffered from since birth.
Given the inherently dark tone and sinister nature of the character of Morbius, it makes sense that he would be a natural fit into a largely open Spider-Man sequel game. And, while both the 2018 game and 2020 spin-off Spider-Man: Miles Morales certainly have dark moments, the Spider-Man 2 trailer suggest that the sequel’s overall theme might be the darkest yet.
Technically, Let There Be Carnage is the second time the insidious Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has appeared in films, with the first being Sony’s ill-received 2014 Amazing Spider-Man 2. The facility is the Marvel equivalent of the more famous Arkham Asylum from the DC universe and is known to house many characters of ill repute.
Given that most of the web slinger’s rogues’ gallery are locked up tight in the Raft, a floating maximum-security prison, the introduction of Ravencroft would be an excellent opportunity for Insomniac to introduce a whole new host of trouble for Peter Parker and Miles Morales to deal with in their sequel.
From the way Insomniac frames its announcement trailer, it seems that the Spider duo will have to contend with at least two major known threats in the sequel: Kraven the Hunter and Venom. While the latter is seen, the former is only heard through voiceover, but the audio that fans do hear suggests that the story will revolve around Kraven’s Last Hunt.
However, avid viewers have also been quick to note that the trailer presented can easily be misleading. Given that only Venom’s face is seen for a couple of seconds in the trailer, fans are speculating that Venom may not be a villain after all, and might instead choose to embrace his role as the Lethal Protector.
While Insomniac would be missing a golden opportunity of the Spider-Men and Venom didn’t throw down at least once in the Spider-Man sequel, there’s also an opportunity for the group to team up if they decide to throw Venom’s arch-nemesis Carnage into the mix. And, given that Carnage is the offspring of Venom, adding the red symbiote isn’t too much of a stretch.
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Although Let There Be Carnage‘s titular antagonist could’ve benefited from an R rating, Woody Harrelson makes do portraying the serial killer Cletus Kasady. Given the wildly dangerous threat that Carnage poses to everyone, the threat the deadly symbiote poses would make for a fantastic endgame fight.
Despite it being possible to introduce Carnage in the Spider-Man sequel, it’s probably too much of a stretch for Insomniac to consider the likes of Patrick Mulligan’s Toxin. However, that doesn’t mean that Mulligan should be absent from the game. Given his background as a police officer, he’d fit in rather nicely with the already established story.
Although Let There Be Carnage sees Mulligan as an officer turned detective located in San Francisco, he’s actually originally a New York City cop in the comics. Thus, if Insomniac were to introduce him as a member of NYPD in the Spider-Man sequel, they’d actually be staying truer to the character’s comic book origins.
The potential for how crazy Insomniac’s Spider-Man can get is almost endless. From Madame Webb to the Planet of the Symbiotes, there is a vast plethora of multiversal material that Insomniac can choose from. Should they choose to pursue some of the wilder Venom lore, it’s likely a tease for the Symbiote Hive-Mind to be next.
The end of Let There Be Carnage reveals that the Hive-Mind is a real thing in the Venomverse; however, Knull and the Void are little more than teasers at this point. It’s probably unlikely that fans will see the God of Symbiotes manifest in the Spider-Man games, but it doesn’t mean that well-laid Easter eggs aren’t in order.
Admittedly, this has only happened in the universally panned Spider-Man 3 from 2007, but the Venomverse has made it clear that Sony and Marvel are building towards a crossover event that sees Tom Holland’s Spider-Man come face-to-face with Tom Hardy’s Venom. And, if it’s anything like the comics, fans can expect to see Spider-Man bond with the Venom symbiote.
Avid Spider-Man stans are well aware that the bond between the web-head and Klyntar are the necessary ingredients needed for the iconic Black Symbiote Suit to manifest. Given that both Spider-Man and Venom are set to appear in Insomniac’s upcoming sequel, it only makes sense that this famous suit will reappear as well.
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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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