It has been over four years since the launch of Marvel’s Spider-Man and nearly two years since the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, yet still, so little information is known about the highly anticipated upcoming sequel in the Marvel’s Spider-Man series from Insomniac Games. While the numerous villains and boss fights have been a key facet in the Marvel’s Spider-Man mythos, an underrated element that Insomniac has emphasized in their games is giving Spider-Man a bevy of allies to encounter or even play as in the studio’s game of the year winning story. Marvel’s Spider-Man saw Miles Morales and Mary Jane Watson as playable characters in segments of the story, as well as Black Cat, Silver Sable, and Yuri Watanabe as Spider-friend NPCs. In the tradition of the first Marvel’s Spider-Man game, here are some heroic Marvel characters and Spider-Man allies that deserve to make appearances in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
First Appearance: Daredevil #1 (1964)
Why Daredevil should be in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: While Marvel fans have been pining for a standalone Daredevil game, Insomniac could harness that excitement with a Daredevil appearance or side mission in their Spider-Man sequel. Daredevil and Spider-Man are frequent collaborators in Marvel comics and media, with both superheroes defending New York from its many supervillain threats. The most recent example of this was a cameo of Daredevil’s alter ego, Matt Murdock (played by Charlie Cox), in the 2021 MCU film, Spider-Man: No Way Home. With quite a few Daredevil Easter eggs scattered throughout Marvel’s Spider-Man, it only makes sense to include “The Man Without Fear” in Insomniac’s upcoming sequel.
First Appearance: Tomb of Dracula #10 (1973)
Why Blade should be in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Blade, sometimes known as Blade the Vampire Hunter or Blade the Vampire Slayer, is an iconic Marvel hero, who was spawned from the Tomb of Dracula Marvel series during the Bronze Age of comics. After a successful trilogy of films with Wesley Snipes portraying the titular character, 2023 will see Mahershala Ali taking up the mantle in the upcoming MCU film, Blade. In terms of the Marvel’s Spider-Man series though, Blade could help to inject a supernatural/horror element that has been missing from Insomniac’s Marvel universe so far, especially if Spider-Man and Blade teamed up against a villain like Morbius the Living Vampire.
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First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974)
Why The Punisher should be in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: The Punisher is more of an anti-hero, whose murderous crimefighting methods are highly divergent from Spider-Man’s, but would nevertheless be an exciting Marvel A-lister to bring into Insomniac’s Spider-Man series. The Punisher’s willingness to cross certain lines that Spider-Man won’t continue the commentary started in The City That Never Sleeps DLC to the first Marvel’s Spider-Man game, which saw Yuri Watanabe extrajudicially killing a murderer to Peter Parker’s dismay. However, Insomniac would likely have to tone down some of the Punisher’s violence if they want to keep the “T for Teen” ESRB rating when Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 releases.
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #210 (1980)
Why Madame Web should be in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Madame Web is somewhat of a Spider-Man mentor who has appeared in Spider-Man comics and other Marvel media, including the popular ’90s Spider-Man animated TV series, voiced by Joan Lee, the wife of Spider-Man creator and comic book legend Stan Lee. Dakota Johnson will reportedly take on the titular role of the Madame Web film, set for release in 2024. In terms of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, similarly to Blade, Madame Web could provide a mystical, occult element to the franchise that is currently lacking through the use of her clairvoyant, psychic powers.
First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #181 (1974)
Why Wolverine should be in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: This list could not be complete without including the star of Insomniac’s other highly anticipated superhero game, Marvel’s Wolverine. While Hugh Jackman masterfully brought the X-Men character to life on the silver screen and will reportedly make his MCU debut in Deadpool 3, gamers can’t wait to see what Insomniac’s incarnation of Weapon X will be like. While Wolverine deserves his own story away from Spider-Man, some crossover DLC content could be a great way to give Marvel gamers a taste for what to expect in Insomniac’s upcoming Wolverine game.