Miles Morales and Peter Parker ready for action in Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man 2’ Swings Ever Closer to a Release Date

Buckle up, true believers! Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is swinging closer and closer to its release date. Many details about the new game are still being kept under wraps, but there was plenty to be gleaned from the trailer that dropped back in 2021. Here’s everything we know so far and (Spider-)man, are we excited!

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Which platforms will Spider-Man 2 be available on?

If you don’t have a PS5, it’s time to buy, borrow, or steal find one. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be a Playstation 5 exclusive. While you can purchase Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales on both the PS4 and PS5, that’s not the case for this one. But check out the trailer to see how amazing it looks on the PS5!

Which characters will be appearing in Spider-Man 2?

Venom grins creeply against a black background
(Insomniac Games)

Naturally, Peter Parker and Miles Morales (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal and Nadji Jeter) are the heroes and main playable characters of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. But who is the main villain? Well, if you’ve watched the trailer—or played to the very end of the first game—you very well know who’s coming: Venom! And he’ll be voiced by Tony Todd—yes, THAT Tony Todd, the original Candyman.

One actor not returning for the sequel is Scott Porter, who voiced Harry Osborn. In a now deleted tweet, Porter said:

“While I voiced Harry in the first Spider-Man I unfortunately will not be in the sequel. They decided to go photo real and the difference between me and Harry’s ages was too much to overcome I believe. I was bummed but I get it. Gonna be an incredible game.”

The actor replacing Porter is still unknown. There’s also yet to be confirmation on whether Mary Jane Watson and her voice actress, Laura Bailey (who is also the voice behind Abby in The Last of Us II!), will return for the sequel. Though surely she has to be in there somewhere, because what’s Spider-Man without Mary Jane? (Sideways glance at the current Amazing Spider-Man run.)

What other villains are in Spider-Man 2?

The gameplay trailer showed us Kraven the Hunter, a terrifying foe of Spider-Man and one of his most iconic enemies in the comics. Having him be a villain in this game is a handy bit of corporate synergy, seeing as he’s getting his own movie soon.

It’s probably also safe to assume that Norman Osborn will be appearing in this game, although not necessarily as the Green Goblin. See below!

What’s the storyline of Spider-Man 2?

The actual plot of the game appears to be a closely guarded secret, but we can make a few assumptions based on the post-credits scenes of the previous two games. Both of them involved Norman Osborn tending to his terminally ill son, Harry, who’s been placed inside a green medical tube. In the first game’s final scene we see some black, Venom-like tendrils surrounding Harry, and in the last scene of Miles Morales, we observe Norman and Dr. Curt Connors—a.k.a. the Lizard—freeing Harry from the tube despite knowing the “potential danger.”

It’s likely that much of the game will center around Harry being the (probably) unwilling host of Venom. That’s a set-up for some delicious personal drama, seeing as Harry is Peter and MJ’s best friend. And as for Curt Connors and Norman, we could see either or both of them transform into a monstrous alter-ego in this game … or that could be saved for Spider-Man 3!

The gameplay reveal trailer also teased an exciting plot twist: At some point Peter Parker will gain the black symbiote suit fans of Spidey lore know only too well, and it’ll start to change his personality in some disturbing ways.

Is Spider-Man 2 co-op?

Sadly, there’s no option in this game for co-op play. The official Playstation blog announcement written by Ryan Schneider specifically states: “We’re so thrilled to continue the journey of both Peter Parker and Miles Morales in their most epic single-player adventure yet.”

That also serves as confirmation that, despite the main villains in this game being plucked from Peter Parker’s rogues gallery, Peter and Miles will be co-lead characters in this game.

When will Spider-Man 2 be released?

It’s so close we can taste it. It’s this year, people!

Tony Todd tweeted an unconfirmed but exciting snippet in March, saying the release date “looks like September” but he was a month out. The official release date is October 20, 2023!

Just enough time to get your Spider-Man-themed Halloween costumes in!

(featured image: Insomniac Games)


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