Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be “massive”, according to the voice actor who plays the web-slinging Peter Parker in Insomniac’s critically-acclaimed superhero series.
In an interview with ComicBookMovie.com (opens in new tab), voice actor Yuri Lowenthal revealed some tantalizing titbits about Marvel's Spider-Man 2 ahead of its release on PS5 later this year, including what we can expect from the scale of the highly-anticipated sequel.
“I’ve still got a little bit [more work] to do”, said Lowenthal. “It’s a massive game, so I’m still doing a little bit of work.”
Lowenthal’s emphasis on the size of the sequel is certainly interesting. The original 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man’s open world was nothing to sniff at. In a sterling piece of investigative journalism, one writer calculated that the game’s virtual Manhattan was roughly a quarter of the size of the real thing (via Twinfinite (opens in new tab)). That places the original Marvel’s Spider-Man open world at approximately 14.8 square kilometers – an immense size for any one person to explore on their own.
Lowenthal lamented that he “[couldn’t] really talk about the game much”, but described Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s scale as “astonishing". Though light on specific details, Lowenthal’s comments suggest we could see an even bigger open world this time around, though Insomniac Games hasn’t confirmed this.
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In addition, Lowenthal seemed to confirm that the sequel is on track to meet its late 2023 (between September and November) release window. “I know [Insomniac are] confident about their release date, and [they’ve] always been good about that," Lowenthal told the publication.
Thanks in part to the pandemic, the games industry has been no stranger to delays in recent years. Starfield, Darktide, STALKER 2: Hearts of Chornobyl, and Forspoken all suffered pushbacks in 2022. In this context, Lowenthal’s confidence in Insomniac’s Q4 2023 release window for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is refreshing and bodes well for the title’s launch.
Both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales offered thrilling open-world adventures which offered fresh takes on the web-slinger, bringing the iconic hero out from under the shadow of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The upcoming entry looks to bring the two eponymous Spider-Men together while offering a “darker” experience than the first game.
As a longtime Spider-Man fan, I can’t wait to see where Insomniac takes the next entry in the series. The previous titles did a great job of authentically capturing the Spider-Man fantasy, whilst delivering fluid, action-oriented gameplay, so I’m hoping for more of the same this time around.