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Spider-Man (Insomniac Games)

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is a fictional character, a superhero

developed and created by Insomniac Games originally for the Spider-

Man video game released in 2018. Based on the original character

created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character was later established

in Marvel Comics continuity as an alternate version of Spider-Man. The

video game character was created with contributions from various

writers such as Jon Parquette, Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum,

Christos Gage and Dan Slott and is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal. His

primary suit is called the advanced suit, which is designed differently

than his comic book counterpart and serves as a replacement for his

original suit, which was damaged during a confrontation with one of his


He is depicted as a more mature and experienced version of the

character, who has battled various super-villains

career as the city's protector, while still struggling to balance his




superhero alter-ego as Spider-Man, along with his personal life as Peter

Parker. The character has received a widely positive reception critically

and is praised as a great adaptation of the superhero. [4][5][6]


Development Creation Voice Advanced Suit Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover Publication history

Fictional character biography Role in the game In Marvel Comics

In other media




External links





Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker) as portrayed in Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 cover art in his first
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker) as portrayed in Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 cover art in his first
Spider-Man (Peter Parker) as portrayed in Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 cover art in his first

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) as portrayed in Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 cover art in his first comic appearance.

Publication information

Publication information




First comic


Publisher First appearance First comic appearance Created by Voiced by Marvel Comics Spider-Man (September 7,

Created by

Voiced by

Marvel Comics

Spider-Man (September 7, 2017) (by development) Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover (August 21, 2018) (by release date) [1]

(September 7, 2017) (by development) Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover (August 21, 2018) (by release date) [ 1

Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 (September

Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 (September


Jon Paquette Benjamin Arfmann Kelsey Beachum Christos Gage Dan Slott (based on a character created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko)

Yuri Lowenthal

In-story information

In-story information

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Several characters from Marvel Comics were considered to have their own game developed by Insomniac Games but the team’s final choice was to adapt Spider-Man in his own video game, saying they related to the dynamic between the heroic Spider-Man and his everyman alter ego Peter Parker. Creative director Brian Intihar said "I feel like he's the most relatable of the heroes. As much as I love Tony Stark, it's harder to identify with a billionaire. As much as I love Thor, it's hard to identify with a god. Peter makes mistakes, he has ups and downs in his career, his relationships, his family. I think we can all relate to that." [7] Price said "He's so human, and he's so relatable. He's also the most popular Marvel character in the world, I think". Price also considered the logistical benefits, as Sunset Overdrive featured a dynamic traversal system that they could build upon for Spider-Man. [8] Spider-Man became the first licensed property by Insomniac in 22 years. [9]

Intihar collaborated with a team of writers under lead writer Jon Paquette to create an original take on Spider-Man that still remained true to the original. [7] Alongside lead Paquette, the story was written by Ben Arfman and Kelsey Beachum. Comic book and screenwriter Christos Gage co-wrote the script, and comic book writer Dan Slott provided additional story contributions. [10][11] Insomniac researched different iterations of the character to understand what made a compelling Spider-Man story, after which Paquette said "okay let's forget all that stuff", aiming to not draw too much from any single version. One lesson the team took from the research was that whenever Spider-Man wins, Peter Parker loses, and vice versa. Intihar said that from conception, the game was designed to be as much Parker's story as Spider-Man's. [7] The team deliberately avoided retelling Spider- Man's origin, reasoning "everyone kind of knows Spider-Man was bitten by a spider." [10]

Full name

Peter Benjamin


Place of

Marvel Gamerverse [2] (Earth-1048) [3]






Proficient scientist and inventorA b i l i t i e s   Genius-level intellect Superhuman strength, speed, durability,

Superhuman strength, speed, durability, agility, stamina, reflexes/reactions, coordination, balance and enduranceGenius-level intellect Proficient scientist and inventor Spider physiology: Precognitive spider-sense ability, cling

Spiderreflexes/reactions, coordination, balance and endurance physiology: Precognitive spider-sense ability, cling to most


Precognitive spider-sense ability, cling to most solid surfaces and webbing ability

Utilizes wrist web- shooters to shoot spiderweb materialand endurance Spider physiology: Precognitive spider-sense ability, cling to most solid surfaces and webbing ability


Yuri Lowenthal provides the voice of Spider-Man / Peter Parker, but there was some initial reluctance to cast him as he had previously voiced a characteristically-different lead character in Sunset Overdrive and it was thought that he was not capable of providing a drastically different performance. [12] Working with voice director Kris Zimmerman, Lowenthal tried to differentiate his voices for Parker in his civilian life where he is more gentle, and as Spider-Man, where he is more confident. [13] Paquette convinced the studio to cast him in the role due to his trust in Lowenthal's acting ability. Lowenthal worked with two stunt people throughout the game's development. He tried to differentiate between his voices for Peter Parker and Spider-Man but thought that they could not be totally different and as a result spent a large amount of time "finessing and massaging" his performance to achieve a balance. [14]

Advanced Suit

Insomniac wanted to modernize the design of Spider-Man's costume while paying homage to the original design by Steve Ditko. The new design features a large white spider symbol that stretches across the torso, gauntlet-like gloves and a sneaker-style design based on athletic-wear instead of knee-high boots. Chew said the design goal was

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to create what a "23-year-old, would-be superhero" would wear in 2018 New York City. The traditional red and blue color scheme is retained in the costume, but with the addition of white. Chew compared the outfit to compression wear, and said each color represented different materials. Blue is the most flexible and is where Spider-Man requires the most flexibility, such as his limbs. The red material is flexible but thicker for protection from minor scuffs and scrapes, and the white is compared to a carbon fiber, offering the most protection, so it is positioned on his chest, hands and feet. [15]

Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover

An official prequel book titled Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover by David Liss by Titan Publishing Group was

released on August 21, 2018, predating the game release date. It details Spider-Man's fight with the book's version

of Blood Spider and depicts the rivalry between Parker and the Kingpin before the events of the game. [16]

Liss explained to Syfy that ground rules had to be established by Marvel Comics and Insomniac Games of what elements of the game Liss could reveal in the book. He stated anything that happened in the novel "had to make sense in terms of the game" on making his book. [17]

Publication history

The game's Spider-Man appears in the 2018 Spider-Geddon comic book storyline written by Gage, a sequel to 2014's Spider-Verse, which brings together Spider-people from different Marvel realities. Spider-Geddon issue #0 (released September 26, 2018) follows the Superior Octopus (an alternate universe version of Otto Octavius in Peter Parker's body), as he travels to the game's Earth (designated Earth-1048) to recruit the game's Spider-Man. The story of Spider-Geddon takes place after the events of the game, and also introduces the Earth-1048 version of Tarantula. Insomniac artists provided variant comic book covers for the series. [18][19]

Spider-Geddon #0 introduced the character from the Spider-Man 2018 video game into comics, and set up the plot for the game's sequel. [20] Both the video game and the comic are written by Gage, who said that "Since I have been writing for the video game for the past three years (along with the ever-amazing Dan Slott, Jon Paquette, and Ben Arfmann), it seemed like a perfect time to bring that Pete into the mix". [21] The first illustrated teaser poster featured a black silhouette of a Spider-Man character, who was revealed to be the one from the game in a later full version of the poster. [21]

A six-issue comic book, titled Spider-Man: City at War, was released in March 2019. It follows the events of the

game while introducing some new events. The series is published by Marvel, written by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Michelle Bandini, and variant cover arts by Clayton Crain, David Nakayama, Gerardo Sandoval and Adi Granov.


Fictional character biography

Role in the game

Peter Parker (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) [25] was a bright, intelligent and sincere, yet shy, outcasted and withdrawn 15 year-old high school student, [10][26] who gained spider-like superhuman abilities after being bitten by a genetically-modified spider during a field trip. Employing a secret identity, Parker uses these abilities to protect the citizens of New York City as the superhero Spider-Man, in order to atone for his paternal uncle/foster father:

Ben Parker's murder at the hands of a robber, something for which he was partially responsible and which constantly haunts him, after initially attempting to use his abilities for personal gain. [27] Eight years into his superhero career, Parker has become an experienced and masterful crime-fighter, has graduated from high school

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and college, and is employed as a research lab assistant, but still struggles to balance his superhero alter-ego and

personal life. He is aided in his fight by intrepid Daily Bugle reporter Mary Jane Watson, (Laura Bailey), [25] his

former high school classmate and ex-girlfriend, [10] and NYPD Captain Yuri Watanabe (Tara Platt). [25] In

civilian life, Parker is supported by his Aunt May (Nancy Linari) [25] who volunteers at the F.E.A.S.T. homeless

shelter run by philanthropist Martin Li (Stephen Oyoung). [25][26] Parker is employed by his friend and mentor, the


respected scientist Dr. Otto Octavius (William Salyers). [10][28] Spider-Man's adventure brings him into contact

with other characters, including an African-American teenager: Miles Morales (Nadji Jeter) [10][25] and his parents,

NYPD Officer Jefferson Davis (Russell Richardson) and Rio Morales (Jacqueline Pinol), OsCorp CEO and New

York mayor Norman Osborn (Mark Rolston), [25][29] and Silver Sablinova (Nichole Elise), leader of the private

military company Sable International. [10]

Spider-Man's mission to protect the city which brings him into conflict with various supervillains and criminals.


In Marvel Comics

The Spider-Man from the game was featured in the Spider-Geddon storyline, a sequel to Spider-Verse. The

storyline is written by Christos Gage (who also wrote the video game), who noted Spider-Geddon takes place after

the events of the game. The first issue in the storyline, Spider-Geddon #0, was released on September 26, 2018. [18]

The story begins on Earth-1048 as Spider-Man is listening to J. Jonah Jameson's podcast called "Just the Facts"

where he talks about Mayor Norman Osborn resigning, a power struggle to replace Kingpin, Nazis made of bees,

and a claim that this is all Spider-Man's fault. Spider-Man is contacted by Mary Jane Watson who states that a

criminal is tearing up a bank in the Financial District and has a spider symbol on him. He arrives at the Financial

District where he discovers that Tarantula is responsible. During the battle, Spider-Man is visited by Superior

Spider-Man (Otto Octavius of Earth-616) who joins the battle. After some difficulty, Spider-Man of Earth-1048 and

Superior Spider-Man defeat Tarantula as Spider-Man of Earth-1048 agrees to accompany him. [33]

Spider-Man of Earth-1048 is with Superior Spider-Man's group on Leopardon as they discuss how to destroy the

Inheritors. [34]

After Solus dismisses Superior Spider-Man upon bringing Ben Reilly to him, Spider-Man of Earth-1048 is revealed

to have secretly followed Superior Spider-Man and thinks that he has betrayed him. As Spider-Man of Earth-1048

learns that tricking Jennix into feeding on Ben Reilly was part of Superior Spider-Man's plans, they are attacked by

the Inheritors. [35]

In other media

The advanced suit that Parker wears in the video game appears in the 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-

Verse, among the suits collected by the Peter Parker of Miles Morales' universe. [36]


Diamond Select Toys is scheduled to release, respectively, a 10-inch (250 mm) statue of Spider-Man while Sideshow Collectibles is scheduled to release, respectively, a 10-inch (250 mm) statue of Spider-Man while Sideshow Collectibles announces two 1/6 scale statues both based on the game. One of Spider-Man in the stealth suit, another of Spider-Punk costume, including a guitar and spider-drone. [37][38]

Hasbro released a Marvel Legends action figure of Spider-Man from the video game as a GameStop released a Marvel Legends action figure of Spider-Man from the video game as a GameStop exclusive. [39]


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Insomniac's take on the classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko character evokes everything that’s good about the half- century-old youngster, slinging together a kinetic, high-energy update that’s as much a playground for adrenaline junkies as it is an intimate meditation on the growing pains of a newcomer to adulthood.

Dom Nero, Esquire [4]

Insomniac Games' portrayal of Peter Parker was widely well-

received by both fans and critics. Giuseppe Nelva of praises the character’s portrayal in the game

noting that, while he’s an older and more confident Spider-

Man, the character is still portrayed as human and is still prone

to being goofy like in his comic book counterpart. He also

praises the depiction of Parker’s maturity in the video game. [40]

Jonahan Dornbush of IGN praised the focus on Peter Parker


and highlighted voice actor Yuri Lowenthal

emotional honesty" in this version of Spider-Man that made it

one of his favorite portrayals of the character. [27] Similarly, Harmon praised the game's characterization and

understanding of Parker, which he found was better than almost any comic adaptation. [5]



Dom Nero of Esquire praised the character describing the character as one of the best versions of Spider-Man he

has seen. He enjoyed the way that Insomniac depicted Spider-Man's morality and how Insomniac depicted him as

an character where the player wants you do the right thing while still being able to "web-kick some ass" too. [4] Noel

Ransome of Vice also praised the risk of depicting a more mature Peter while still depicting the misfortune of the


identifiable". [6]


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the superhero



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The character was ranked as number one character within the game by [41]


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