Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 continues the story of Peter Parker, as he works with his new partner Miles Morales to clean up the city. From what we’ve seen, the web-swinging duo are set to come up against some seriously formidable foes.
There’s still a lot to learn about the highly-anticipated sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man including what kind of gameplay changes are set to be showcased. For now, we know some of the villains, who is voicing them, and that the game will not be co-op after all. Once we know more, it’ll be easier to judge whether Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is likely to rank amongst the best PS5 games available on the platform.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 sooner rather than later. For now, here’s everything we know about the sequel so far, including all of the latest news and trailers.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: cut to the chase
- What is it? The sequel to the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Spider-Man
- When can I play it? Fall 2023 (September 1 – November 30)
- What can I play it on? PS5
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: release date and platforms
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is due to release in Fall 2023 exclusively for PS5, completely skipping PS4. This was confirmed via a Tweet by PlayStation (opens in a new tab). Rumors had suggested that we would be getting a release date imminently, so it was great to have it confirmed. For now, Fall 2023 is the closest we have to a final date. We’ll update if we hear more.
While not confirmed, it’s possible we could see Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 coming to PC at a later date. We’ve seen Sony bringing more and more of its first-party titles to PC recently, with Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales already on the platform. We wouldn’t expect Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to be available on Steam at launch, but a PC release later down the line looks likely.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 trailer
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 was revealed with a trailer at the September 2021 PlayStation Showcase. The trailer is only around one-and-half minutes long, but it offers us a fair amount of details. For one, we see both Peter Parker and Miles Morales taking fighting goons, suggesting we may get to play as both Spider-Men this time around.
At the very end, we got a surprise appearance of the infamous Spider-Man villain Venom – an outer-world symbiote with a passion for violence – so we expect he’ll be one of the sequel’s main villains. Unfortunately, there was no gameplay to analyze, but we briefly see a shot of Peter getting a power surge with his Iron Spider arms, suggesting suit powers may be making a return.
We also hear an ominous voice talking over the trailer, suggesting Peter and Miles will have yet another villain to face off against. Based on their speech about looking for a challenge and formidable opponent we’d put our money on it being Kraven the Hunter – a classic Spider-Man villain in the comics. Check out the trailer below:
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 news
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will not include co-op
Insomniac has finally responded to hopes that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be co-op when it launches. Apparently, it is not, with Insomniac saying “Nope! It is an epic single-player adventure!” in a reply on Twitter.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could be coming in September
Venom actor Tony Todd seems to have let the cat out of the bag in terms of Spider-Man 2‘s release month (via Eurogamer). Responding to a fan’s comment on an Instagram post that they couldn’t wait for the game, Todd replied “Looks like September! Massive publicity coming in August. Commercials start dropping in August so I’m told. Hold on to your … and hold breath! Gonna be necessary.”
Clearly, this isn’t officially word from Insomniac, but for now it’s our best information on when we can expect to be playing the game.
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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 game would back that up but we don’t yet know for sure. We certainly hope we do get to play as both Spider-Men though, as it would give Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 way more story and gameplay options (and give us twice the web-slinging action).
The Spider-Duo are seen performing combo moves during the PlayStation Showcase 2021 teaser, which indicates we might be able to play as both at the same time at various points in the game, but given that it was all just a cinematic there’s no way to know for sure.
A scarier side of Spider-Man
With Venom and (potentially) Kraven the Hunter making an appearance in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Insomniac looks to be gearing its story towards the scarier villains in Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery.
We hope Insomniac delves even deeper into this and includes several other frightening characters like the Lizard, Morbius (or other Marvel vampires like Morlun), and maybe even the Jackal. We wouldn’t be surprised if Green Goblin or Hob Goblin showed up either.
Curt Conners, the human scientist who transforms into the Lizard, already appeared in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales suggesting his villainous side could very well show up in the sequel. The same is true of Norman Osborn who was a key character in the first Marvel’s Spider-Man game so it might not be long before he becomes the Green Goblin.
Based on the ending of Marvel’s Spider-Man’s DLC, it looks like Venom could be Harry Osborn (Norman’s son) in this series. If Harry befalls some terrible fate – seemingly at the hands of Spider-Man – that could be what drives Norman Osborn to become 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 be deserving of their own dedicated game, but we’ll have to wait and see.
A world beyond New York
While Spider-Man is known for being an NYC hero, we’d like to see our wall-crawler take a trip to new locations in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 before the city starts to feel stale. While the teaser seems to suggest we’ll definitely be in a New York-like city at some points, thanks to the PS5’s SSD storage and power Insomniac would be able to load in other large locations to explore too.
One option – especially if they take the horror route – could be to include a character like Doctor Strange who could transport us into fearsome realms, or we might see our heroes go on the run if they find Kraven the Hunter too deadly a threat to handle. Heck, we could even go to visit Symkaria the home of Silver Sable, and a location that Peter was visiting in Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
New York definitely works great as a setting for Spider-Man games thanks to its looming skyscrapers that are perfect for web-swinging, but given that it’s already featured in both of Insomniac’s previous titles we’re worried it’ll grow boring eventually.