A sequel was always on the cards for Marvel's Spider-Man, given its uproarious commercial and critical success, so it's so good to see Miles and Peter team up to take on a new threat to New York City. Insomniac Games had left a trail of breadcrumbs hinting that Venom would be on his way to the world in some shape or form, and it's Tony Todd who is voicing the villain.
Blimey. Let's take a pit stop here and watch that reveal trailer again, which is using all in-engine footage for that amazing announcement!
Todd, of course, is a prolific actor who first starred on the silver screen as Sgt. Warren in Platoon and has appeared as iconic characters in horror films like Night of the Living Dead, Candyman and Final Destination. What a get for the next game, eh?
The actor has actually been attached to Marvel's Spider-Man 2 for about two months now and has thanked fans for their enthusiasm for his latest role. "As an actual gamer [I] couldn't be more thrilled," said Todd in a reply to a Tweet from Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski. He also added that the sequel is "massive" and that's why we won't see it on the shelves until 2023 at the earliest.
2 months or so. Game is massive. That's why it won't come out till. 2023
- Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) September 10, 2021
While there are different interpretations flying hither and thither, it's possible that Todd is referring to the sheer scale of Marvel's Spider-Man 2. Set in New York City, there's still the opportunity to improve on its predecessor with the lessons learned from the PlayStation 5 re-release and Miles Morales' own game. These used the DualSense to an enviable effect, so hear me out - how about Venom's voice coming through the speaker in the controller to totally freak you out when he's stalking you from the shadows?
There was another new Marvel game that popped up in the showcase, and it was one that none of us had on our bingo cards. Developed by a different team at Insomniac Games, Marvel's Wolverine is also exclusive to the PlayStation 5 and will be a "full-sized" game centred on Logan. Moreover, it will take a "mature" approach to the character's darker side and incredible powers. Sign us up.
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