Spider-Man 2 made its official debut yesterday evening at the PlayStation Show, which turned out to be a huge event for many reasons. With the new Wolverine game, Sony has announced that it wants to build its own original universe with Spider-Man and Wolverine at the center.
Spider-Man PS4’s Cast of Characters – Their Comic Origins Detailed
A handy guide to the faces and masks you’ll see in Insomniac’s adventure.
Report by Mike Williams, review editor
If you’ve played Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 or plan to hop into the game in the future, you may be confused in some respects. It draws from many Spider-lore eras, with nods to classic comic book series, Ultimate Universe and even some movies. If you’ve watched something related to Spider-Man before, you may know some of these names and faces, but they may have completely different looks and stories in the game.
Here’s a handy guide for all the main characters in Marvel’s Spider-Man, including their first comic book appearances and how they differ from their comic book makers. And if you’re interested in reading the comics behind these characters, I’ve included links to Comixology issues. There will be spoilers for the game itself if you try to play it all over again.
Spider-Friends and Family
First appearance: Amazing Fantasy # 15 (August 1962)
I don’t know how you got here if you don’t know who Spider-Man is, but I’m not going to judge. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider when he was a teenager and did not know what radioactivity really did to living things. He was lucky with the spider’s proportional powers: strength, speed, a supernatural sense of danger, and the ability to climb walls. He used this power for personal gain, but allowed the criminal to get away and it turns out that karma is a female dog. The criminal killed his uncle Ben, and from that day on, Peter swore to be a hero because “with great power comes great responsibility.”
Spider-Man’s version of Insomniac is largely the same character. Peter Parker has had his heroic alter ego for eight years, in high school and college. He has relationships with many of the villains from his gallery of bullies, but many of his biggest threats have yet to emerge.
Mary Jane Watson
First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man # 25 (June 1965)
First Real Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man # 42 (November 1966)
Mary Jane Watson is not Spider-Man’s first love interest – she was introduced fighting for his feelings against Betty Brant and Liz Allen – but she is the longest-running. MJ dated Parker’s best friend Harry Osborn until the death of his girlfriend Gwen Stacy, where she turned her kindness and attention to Peter and his grief. Eventually, the couple started dating and later got married, although Marvel eventually took it back in the controversial One More Day storyline. Mary Jane has been an actress, model, nightclub owner and secretary for Tony Stark throughout her history.
The video game equivalent of Mary Jane seems to draw on her version of Ultimate Comics, who eventually chose to become a journalist. She is an investigative journalist who works for the Daily Bugle. She and Peter have a romantic story, but at the beginning of the game, they both went their separate ways.
First appearance: Amazing Fantasy # 15 (August 1962)
May Reilly is as old as Peter Parker himself. Many know her simply as Aunt May, and most are unaware that her surname is not originally Parker; is Peter’s maternal aunt. After Peter’s parents died, May and her husband Ben Parker raised him to be a son before Ben died prematurely. After that, Aunt May was there to make a dramatic movie, worrying about Peter and somehow missing the fact that her nephew is Spider-Man. May died twice in the comics, and her approaching end spurred Peter Parker to make a deal with Mephis – no, I’m not going to get into all of this. (Check the One More Day link above.)
Aunt May is Aunt May, regardless of reality. Sometimes she is younger, sometimes she is not. In Marvel’s Spider-Man, she works at the Martin Li FEAST shelter, just like her comic book version once was.
A year before Edge of Time came out with the release of the disappointing Spiderverse, Shattered Dimensions absolutely made the idea a reality.
To improve your combat and traversing. In some parts of the game
Spider-Man engages in a linear set of main story missions that begin when the player reaches the yellow icon on the map. Missions can use combat mechanics, sneak up on Spider-Man, Mary Jane or Miles, or solve puzzles as Peter. Each mission takes the main story to the next stage, and certain story advancements unlock different objectives, such as new crimes against different organizations or new types of activities throughout the city.
Each neighborhood includes several Peter’s backpacks to collect, landmarks to photograph, and surveillance towers to put together a full map. Completing all activities in a district grants you 100% completion of that district. Completing all activities in a district grants 100% completion of that district. Completing all activities in a district grants you 100% completion of that district each neighborhood includes several Peter’s backpacks to collect, landmarks to photograph, and surveillance towers to put together a full map. Completing all activities in a district grants you 100% completion of that district. Completing all activities in a district grants 100% completion of that district. Completing all activities in a district grants you 100% completion of that district.
Spider-Man can navigate New York City’s Manhattan neighborhoods using web-swaying mechanics, and can also run alongside buildings. Spider-Man can swing around buildings as well as interact with various elements to pull himself towards them and move forward. Some skills in the skill tree allow Spider-Man to traverse the city faster. Spider-Man can also fall to the ground below. Here, NPCs will recognize Spider-Man and will react to him in different ways depending on the player’s progress. Positive reactions include cheering, high-five and taking a selfie with him.
As Spider-Man travels, he can spot views of the iconic Marvel and Manhattan landmarks that are present throughout the city. In addition, on the J. Jonah Jameson radio show Just the Facts, news updates occasionally appear, containing reports based on recently completed missions and side missions.
Peter Parker is a 23-year-old college graduate who has kept Spider-Man’s secret identity for eight years and has established himself as a New York City defender.  Moreover, he works in the laboratory as a research assistant. After the recent defeat of criminal Wilson Fisk, Peter must now investigate as a new gang known as the Inner Demons emerges taking over Fisk’s territory.
Peter Parker / Spider-Man helps Yuri Watanabe and the New York City Police to arrest Wilson Fisk, and authorities finally have enough evidence to issue a warrant. Peter then investigates a possible break-in into the auction house that holds Fisk’s art collection, where he runs into his ex-girlfriend Mary Jane Watson and masked thugs looking for files. Mary Jane finds a file detailing a secret project called Devil’s Breath, but the bandits grab her file and flee. Despite the separation, Peter and Mary Jane decide to work together to investigate the theft. Peter consults Martin Li about the origin of the masks, and Li notes that they are involved in a group called “Inner Demons” and warns Peter not to investigate further. Peter, who helps Dr. Otto Octavius in his lab, returns,to finish work on the artificial arm, but Mayor Norman Osborn forcibly closes the lab, takes over Octavius’s research, and ends his grant.