With the newly published Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Insomniac Games introduces Poison to its superhero gaming franchise. The classic Spider-Man nemesis is voiced by Tony Todd and a Pretty big guy who was heavily featured in the game’s marketing. And given the nature of superhero media and the studio’s previous experience giving Miles Morales a standalone game before this one, you wouldn’t be wrong to assume that a Venom game could be on the horizon.
Insomniac knows this, but the studio apparently isn’t ready to commit to the flesh-eating antihero just yet. In conversation with insider, Senior Narrative Director Jon Paquette expressed his hope that the game would offer “one of the best Venom stories you’ve ever experienced.” And if audiences want more from the character, the studio will do so – but for now it’s just focused on the latest release. “We’ll wait and see how the fans react,” he continued. “We’re going to listen to the fans and ask ourselves, ‘Okay, what do they really want?’ We’ll talk about things after we’ve all had time to sleep and take a vacation.”
Much like Spider-Man himself, Venom has a solid video game history dating back to the 1991s Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin in its Sega Mega CD version. He made his first playable debut in 1994 Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage for the SNES, and he vacillates between being a boss villain and being playable in later games. 2005s Ultimate Spider-Man made him both a playable character and his final boss, and often has to feed on humans (including a child at one point) to nourish oneself and regain health; more recently, Marvel’s Midnight Suns had him as a recurring villain before adding him to the game’s roster of playable heroes via DLC.
Knowing Insomniac, the studio probably already has plans for more Venom in mind, or even just on a note somewhere on a larger map for its Marvel Universe. The character is already there a franchise in itself, and the studio has shown that it likes to include as many Spider-Man characters as possible to make the world seem as big and vibrant as possible. Without giving away the events of the new game, there’s definitely more room for every inch of Venom in this universe.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is now available for PlayStation 5.
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