Insomniac's open-world Spider-Man will join Marvel comics canon as the game becomes part of the upcoming "Spidergeddon" crossover event. Sony's highly-anticipated game is set to swing onto the PlayStation 4 in September, but now comic book fans have another a reason to look forward to Peter Parker's latest console adventure.
Serving as a spiritual successor to 2014's Spider-Verse, Marvel is suiting up various versions of the iconic superhero in their own storyline on Earth-616. Already confirmed to include the likes of Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales, the video game version of Peter Parker will also join the fold. Just as Rocksteady started its own Arkhamverse lore for Batman, Insomniac and Marvel are doing the same with Spider-Man, but they're taking things a step further.
After a teaser poster for Spidergeddon kept one silhouette in the dark, the mysterious final addition is confirmed to be Insomniac's Spider-Man. The game's version of Peter Parker will make his white-emblem debut just weeks after the video game on the pages of September 26's Spidergeddon #0. Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann hyped the event and said it is the perfect way to continue the story of the game:
"While making the game we poured through hundreds of Spidey’s comics, which inspired our take on his many famous friends, foes, costumes and moments. For the creative process to come full circle and see our version of the characters now appear in the web-slinger’s latest comic book saga is a dream come true for these True Believers.”
More than this, readers can also enjoy a stunning set of variant covers from Insomniac artists Dennis Chan, Daryl Mandryk, Eve Ventrue and Sing Ji, and Marvel Games Art Director Tim Tsang. The five variants will appear on The Amazing Spider-Man Annual, The Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Spidergeddon, and West Coast Avengers. Those who have been paying attention to Insomniac's game will spot redesigned villains like Shocker and Mister Negative.
Spidergeddon #0 will be penned by Spider-Man game writer Christos Gage and include artwork from Clayton Crain. Although Spidergeddon is set after the events of the PS4 exclusive, Gage told Polygon that the comics won't include spoilers from the game. Although this version of Peter Parker may be new to the world of Marvel, it sounds like he will be making his mark early on.
Spider-Man PS4 has already teased a larger world thanks to the inclusion of Easter eggs alluding to Daredevil, Iron Man, and even an appearance of the Avengers Tower in some new gameplay footage. Many hope that Marvel is working on an expanded gaming universe based on these heroes, while a comic book continuation teases the possibilities even more. Either way, both Insomniac and Marvel are working closely together to make sure that Spider-Man is one of the most important superhero video games in living memory.