'Marvel's Spider-Man 2' Creators on Making a Game Worthy of Two Spider-Men
Insomniac Games Senior Creative Director Bryan Intihar discussed the scale of 'Marvel's Spider-Man 2' and how the sequel will physically and psychologically challenge Peter Parker and Miles Morales.
When Venom and a host of other vile villains bear down on Marvel's New York in Marvel's Spider-Man 2, it will take everything Peter Parker and Miles Morales have to keep the darkness at bay—and that's entirely by design. Speaking to Marvel.com, Insomniac Games Senior Creative Director Bryan Intihar revealed the goal for Marvel's Spider-Man 2 was always to tell a story worthy of two Spider-Men, and that meant creating challenges that will test Peter and Miles in all new ways.
"I think there's a reason why it's called Marvel's Spider-Man 2, because we wanted to have a game featuring both Peter and Miles," Intihar explained. "I think that was the goal; it was, 'We want to tell an epic story of two Spider-Men,' and I feel like we've done that… We've delivered that."
"I think what we wanted is we wanted to have a story [with] adversaries that are worthy of requiring two Spider-Men to save the day, hence bringing in this guy [Tony Todd] and seeing Venom," he continued. "And then also, looking at our cast of Kraven and Lizard and others, they're really challenging our heroes in ways that they've never been challenged before, whether it's physically, psychologically."
"Then you just look at the scale of the game with doubling the size of the city with Queens and Brooklyn, adding new traversal abilities with the Web Wings, and then just the whole role that the symbiote plays in both gameplay and the story," he added. "We knew when we said, 'It's gonna be called Marvel's Spider-Man 2,' we had to earn that title, and I think that was the journey we wanted to go on."
Likewise, Miles Morales actor Nadji Jeter weighed in on how Brooklyn's inclusion in Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will impact his character. "Miles is definitely growing up. So, we see him go through the changes from a young high school kid, going through the puberty changes and just through the manhood changes and then now becoming his own. He's definitely owning a lot more of what he's become," he said. "So, just with Brooklyn being involved and just with everything in Marvel’s New York, it kind of makes him his own, just through the ruggedness, the fast-paced moving, just the villains. Everybody that's in Marvel’s New York sums up Miles' behavior as he's growing into this equal to Peter."
"I love that we get to hang out in Queens together at Aunt May's house," added Yuri Lowenthal, who plays Peter Parker.
"That's what I was going to say. It's so cool to get to see Aunt May's house," Mary Jane Watson actor Laura Bailey agreed.
"That house meant something when she was alive, and now, when Pete and company are older and Aunt May isn't around anymore, it's like a nest of memories," Lowenthal shared. "I'm trying to figure out how to grow up and make my way in the world and expand our relationship, and there's a shadow of Aunt May still there."
"Tonally, I think what it does is exactly what Nadji was saying. The city, in the first two games, had an energy to it, but once you go into the suburbs, you start to bring it down a little bit and you start to think about stability and the future and family. Whereas Miles is out there in the city, in Brooklyn and Manhattan doing his thing, these two in Queens, what are they thinking about?" Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Story Lead Jon Paquette mused.
"I guess you'll find out!" Lowenthal teased.
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