The Most Successful Marvel Story In Years Isn’t A Movie Or TV Show

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Published

The most successful Marvel story in years isn’t a movie or TV show. It’s actually a game: Spider-Man 2. Recent Metacritic reviews show that both users and critics love this Sony game for the PS5, and it’s currently ranking at Universal Acclaim under both categories.

Spider-Man 2 Is Part Of The Marvel Universe

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There is an uncountable amount of Marvel content in the world, and it’s been ever-expanding since 1939, when Marvel was first founded.

With the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, that expansion boomed, growing faster than ever before, with movies and TV shows being added to the still-accumulating list of comic books and video games released on a yearly basis.

Spider-Man 2 continues this trend, but in game form landing fans and players into an immersive world that they are effectively raving about.

Spider-Man 2 Was Developed By Insomniac Games

Now, it seems the latest installment of the Spider-Man video game series, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, has taken the spotlight and captured the hearts of fans in a way that’s making many of them prefer it over other forms of Marvel entertainment.

Spider-Man 2, developed by Insomniac Games, has become an instant sensation, boasting a captivating narrative that delves deep into the lives of Peter Parker and Miles Morales.

In this installment, players find themselves navigating the personal struggles of these iconic characters while battling new and formidable foes, such as Kraven the Hunter and Venom.

Spider-Man 2 Has Immersive Gameplay

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One of the standout features of Spider-Man 2 is its immersive gameplay. The game allows players to freely switch between Peter Parker and Miles Morales as they explore an open-world rendition of New York City.

The combat system has been further refined, with new abilities and suits to unlock, including the iconic symbiote suit. 

The game presents a rich and diverse cast of characters, both heroes and villains, including Kraven the Hunter and Venom, while still skillfully weaving in familiar faces like Mary Jane, Harry Osborn, and Miles Morales.

In addition, Spider-Man 2 has expanded the in-game world to include Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the previously featured map of Manhattan, offering players even more opportunities for exploration and adventure.

It’s Been A Hit With Critics And Fans

Upon its release, Spider-Man 2 received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising its narrative depth, character development, and gameplay mechanics. The game’s success was evident in its sales, as it became the fastest-selling first-party title in PlayStation history, selling 2.5 million copies within 24 hours.

On Metacritic, the New York Daily News gave the game a top critical rating of 100, saying Spider-Man 2 is one of the most incredible gaming adventures fans will embark on this year.

Meanwhile, gaming critic PlayStation Universe also gave the game a score of 100 and claimed the game is packed with intense emotional peaks that will have players leaping from their seats out of excitement. User WootMaster gave the game a top user score of 10, calling it a “Fire Ass Game.”

Spider-Man 2’s Storytelling Is Superb

While Marvel movies and TV shows have their dedicated fan base and have contributed significantly to the superhero genre, Spider-Man 2 has carved out its own niche and reignited a spark in a fanbase that was otherwise beginning to get a little burnt out on superhero content.

The game is a testament to the power of interactive storytelling as it offers fans a unique and immersive experience that other media formats can’t quite replicate.

The future of the Spider-Man video game series looks promising, with discussions of spin-off games and the potential for a third installment that senior creative director Bryan Intihar promises to be “pretty epic.”

If the sequel is anything like Spider-Man 2, then Intihar’s claims are probably correct, and Marvel fans have much to look forward to.