The trailer gives us our best look yet at where the sequel’s narrative is heading, opening on Peter sitting on a step talking to Harry Osborne, who tells him, “We’re going to heal the world.”
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 picks up nine months after the original, with Peter and Miles now a more experienced crime-fighting duo. Narrative director Jon Paquette offered a bit more insight into where those initial story beats will lead.
“Both Peter Parker and Miles Morales are struggling with their personal lives. Miles is trying to find time to write his college entrance essay, but he keeps procrastinating and focusing on Spider-Work instead. Meanwhile, Peter is underwater on payments for Aunt May’s house, but he can’t sell, it means too much to him.” says Paquette. “And just like Miles, Peter tries (and fails) to find balance with so many responsibilities. MJ wants to help Pete with the mortgage, but her job is on the line now that J. Jonah Jameson is back at the Bugle and looking to clean house. Our heroes have arrived at a confluence of crossroads, with uncertain futures and some tough decisions ahead.”
It’s quite apparent that there’s a massive graphical leap happening with Spider-Man 2, as the character models and facial animations are drastically better than in the first game, which was already no slouch.
Across the trailer, we see Kraven’s henchmen, a possible reference to the obscure villain Big Wheel, and a climactic meeting between Miles and Mr. Negative. All this culminates in a shot of Harry looking over New York as the voice of Venom utters the same line, “We’re going to heal the world.”
Venom is voiced by legendary actor Tony Todd, and according to Paquette, players can expect a bit of a darker story this time around.
“We wanted to see them change, both inside and outside, and feel the effect it has on those around them. And when Venom takes control, they face the real danger that they could lose themselves, and their loved ones, forever.”
As a final note at the SDCC panel, Sony and Insomniac announced that a special Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Limited Edition bundle will be released.
This includes a custom PS5 console and DualSense design. However, for anyone that already owns a console, the Limited Edition items will be able to be purchased separately.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 launches on October 20 for PS5.