Marvel’s Spider-Man, commonly referred to as Spider-Man, is an action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the Playstation 4, based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. Released worldwide on September 7, 2018, it is the first licensed game developed by Insomniac. The game tells a new story about Spider-Man that is not tied to an existing comic book, video game, or film, and covers both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man aspects of the character.
Spider-Man was well received upon release. Critics hailed it as one of the best superhero games ever made, praising its gameplay, particularly the combat and web-swinging mechanics, graphics, story, soundtrack, and design of New York City, while expressing criticism for a lack of innovation in its open-world design. This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met or ever seen before. This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City. At the same time, he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rest upon his shoulders.
Peter Parker is 23 years old and interning at a laboratory while about to graduate from college. Peter has been Spider-Man for eight years and has settled into his role as protector of New York City. Assisting in his crime fighting is NYPD captain Yuri Watanabe. In addition, Peter is working as a lab assistant for Dr. Otto Octavius as he tries to perfect artificial limb technology. However, Mary Jane Watson, now a reporter for the Daily Bugle, has broken up with Peter. Finally, Aunt May is working as a volunteer for the homeless assistance group F.E.A.S.T., led by Martin Li.
In addition to Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Yuri Lowenthal), Mary Jane Watson (Laura Bailey), and Miles Morales (Nadji Jeter), Aunt May Parker (Nancy Linari), Norman Osborn (Mark Rolston), Harry Osborn (Scott Porter), Yuri Watanabe (Tara Platt), J. Jonah Jameson (Darin de Paul), Jefferson Davis (Russell Richardson), Rio Morales (Jacqueline Pinol), Felicia Hardy / Black Cat (Erica Lindbeck) and Silver Sablinova / Silver Sable (Nichole Elise) appear in the game as well as Morgan Michaels (Phil Morris), a renamed Morbius, the Living Vampire as hinted in his bio. Stan Lee cameos as a short order cook.
Enemies originating in Spider-Man and other Marvel comics also appear, including Martin Li / Mister Negative (Stephen Oyoung), Wilson Fisk / Kingpin (Travis Willingham), Herman Schultz / Shocker (Dave B. Mitchell), Max Dillon / Electro (Josh Keaton), Aleksei Sytsevich / Rhino (Fred Tatasciore), Mac Gargan / Scorpion (Jason Spisak), Adrian Toomes / Vulture (Dwight Schultz), Tony Masters / Taskmaster (Brian Bloom), Otto Octavius / Doctor Octopus (William Salyers), Screwball (Stephanie Lemelin), and Lonnie Lincoln / Tombstone (Corey Jones).