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Spider-Man fans have been absolutely spoilt for stellar adaptations over the last few years. Back in 2016 the wall-crawler finally returned to the loving embrace of Disney, allowing Tom Holland to provide one of the best live-action portrayals of the character yet - but that was just the start.
2018 gave us Marvel's Spider-Man, a PlayStation 4 exclusive that I maintain is one of the finest superhero video games of all time, not to mention one of the very best adaptations of the webbed wonder in any medium. Much of this comes down to the fact that Insomniac Games just gets what makes Spider-Man tick. His self-destructive code of responsibility and his inherent need to do the right thing to an absolute fault drive this universe's Peter Parker, and that's just the way it should be. Spider-Man rarely wins without Peter Parker losing, after all. Throw in some genuinely fantastic web-swinging gameplay in a beautiful recreation of New York City, and you've got a hit.
Of course, 2018 would prove to be a veritable treasure trove of Spider-Man goodness. Mere months after we'd all crushed ourselves underneath the emotional weight of Marvel's Spider-Man's heartbreaking climax, we were treated to the animated adventure Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
I'll be honest with ya'll, I'd long given up on Sony's ability to produce a genuinely good Spider-Man movie. You can imagine how surprised I was when Spider-Verse ended up being not just good, but arguably the best Spider-Man to date. In telling the story of Miles Morales learning about what it means to be a Spider-Man from a small army of Spider-Men and Women from across the multiverse, we got 117 minutes of pure, unfiltered love for the superhero that came with an important message: Anyone can be Spider-Man. It's about putting on the mask and doing what's right.
2020 saw the Miles Morales of the Insomniac games learn a similar lesson in Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales. While not a full-length game, this spinoff/quasi-sequel told the story of Miles coming to terms with his new powers and establishing himself as an equal to the original Spider-Man, not a sidekick or pretender.
With Into The Spider-Verse 2 set to continue the multidimensional adventures of Miles in 2022 and a strong future ahead for Insomniac's video game Spidey universe, I see only one course of action: Bring these worlds together.
One of the joys of the first Spider-Verse was seeing some of the different Spider-Men from around the multiverse. The original. Gwen Stacy. Spider-Ham. The hilarious Spider-Man Noir. As much as I want to see all of these guys come back, Spider-Verse 2 could - and should - throw the doors open wide and invite even more variants of the character. We already know Spider-Man 2099 is set to make an appearance, so why not let the Insomniac versions of Peter and Miles join the adventure?
For one thing, Insomniac's take on these classic characters is so excellent that it deserves the recognition of appearing in a big-screen celebration of Spider-Man. No, video games don't need cinema to validate them, but you can bet your ass seeing Marvel's Spider-Man collide with Spider-Verse would mean the world to Insomniac Games, and who are we to stand in the way of that?
Beyond that, allowing these two universes to meet would do more than give us another version of Peter Parker, it'd let two versions of Miles come together. While not hugely different from one another, there's plenty of dramatic potential to be had from these two Miles meeting, not least the fact that Insomniac Miles has lost his dad while the Spider-Verse Miles has not. Similarly, the former still has an uncle Aaron where the latter lost his. Let the two compare tragic superhero origin notes, dammit!
While I have no idea if a meeting like this will ever happen, we can at least delight in the fact that it's absolutely possible. The huge success of films like Avengers: Endgame prove that everybody loves an over-the-top superhero crossover, while the first Spider-Verse established that all bets are off when it comes to the multiverse. Hell, if a pig with a giant hammer can fight the Kingpin alongside Spider-Gwen on the big screen, the world of Marvel's Spider-Man can swing by for a visit.
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