‘With great power, there must also come great responsibility.’
It’s the mantra that has underpinned the entire Spider-Man ethos. It is a lasting reminder that no one is infallible, regardless of their strengths. Insomniac, a developer in as good a form as any coming off the under-appreciated Sunset Overdrive, has undertaken a herculean task in carving out a fresh take on the famed web-slinger. When dealing with material held so dearly by millions of comic book and film fans, it’s like painting over the top of a masterpiece and hoping the public still adores it. Marvel’s Spider-Man not only honours all that came before it, it chisels out its deserved spot in Sony’s first-party ranks.
Placing players in the red woven booties of Spider-Man has never seemed like a trying task, a few quips here and there and you’ve just about nailed the ‘wholesome Deadpool vibe’ Spider-Man has long had. Not looking to settle for the easy task, Insomniac has placed an enormous focus on the man behind the mask. Peter Parker’s good nature makes him an instantly likeable hero as his love for his city and his want to help those outside his inner circle is so typical of his character. Spider-Man introduces us to an established web-slinger, years into his tenure as New York City’s protector. It’s refreshing that Insomniac didn’t resort to wasting the player’s time with Spider-Man’s origins instead deciding to spend more time on Parker’s personal relationships with not only Mary Jane and his Aunt May, but people like Martin Li, who goes on to become part of Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery.