A leak suggests that Venom could be a third playable character in the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, at least in certain missions. Insomniac teased the arrival of Spider-Man’s notorious foe in its previous two Marvel’s Spider-Man games, with the added twist of Peter Parker’s longtime best friend Harry Osborn being the host of the deadly alien Symbiote instead of the usual Eddie Brock. Sure enough, the reveal trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 saw Venom emerge from the shadows to terrorize Peter and rookie web-slinger Miles Morales, with horror icon Tony Todd providing the voice of the symbiotic monster in his latest video game appearance.
A popular theory is that both Peter Parker and Miles Morales will be playable in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, but fans have speculated that players will be able to control Venom as well due to his similar abilities and apparent importance to the game’s plot. Venom previously served as an alternate playable character in 2005’s Ultimate Spider-Man game, but the idea of controlling the fan-favorite supervillain with the level of polish and intensity that Insomniac has given to Peter and Miles in its previous Spider-Man titles remains an exciting prospect to gamers and Marvel enthusiasts alike.
Now, an anonymous rumor shared by Reddit user Command-Grab on r/GamingLeaksAndRumors suggests that Venom could in fact be playable in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and gives a few hints about how the Symbiote will function in Insomniac’s upcoming superhero sandbox epic. As reported by Game Rant, this information comes from a nameless leaker that claims to have seen an internal email from Insomniac which speaks of a third playable character that is unavailable to control during Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s free-form exploration. Instead, this third character will only be used during certain scripted missions, and supposedly has “a different playstyle” from Peter and Miles “that straight up kills people and uses smoke, projectiles, and a type of organic or artificial tentacles.” The leak’s mention of using lethal force on enemies, as well as “tentacles” of some kind, naturally has fans thinking that it will indeed be Venom or at the very least Peter wearing the Symbiote, but the reference to smoke bombs and projectiles has others guessing that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will instead put players in the role of Yuri Watanabe’s Wraith or some other dark vigilante.
This anonymous leak also seems to verify that players will be able to switch between Peter and Miles at will between missions in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, but also claims that they will be locked in the role of a certain Spider-Man during set scripted missions. Fans have wondered how Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will handle the ability to rotate between these two heroes ever since the Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 trailer was shown at last fall’s PlayStation Showcase livestream, with rumors hinting that the Spidey not being controlled by players will serve as an AI companion during missions. Some fans have even imagined that Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 could feature a character-switching function like Grand Theft Auto 5 and that Peter and Miles could interact with each other while patrolling the streets of New York.
The information shared by Command-Grab is from an unverified source and thus must be taken with a grain of salt until more official details regarding whether or not Venom is playable in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 surface. However, a playable Venom could be the source of some interesting gameplay variations in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, especially if the Symbiote will have some kind of smoke-related ability to help it kill foes from the shadows when the game swings onto the PlayStation 5 next year.
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Source: Command-Grab/Reddit (via Game Rant)