Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 May Have Just Revealed New Villain’s Identity

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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 for the PS5 is set to be one of the most anticipated games of 2023. Pre-Orders for the game were available on June 16. While the PlayStation website and Play store were updated to include a new synopsis, gameplay features and two new map areas. Yet, one of these explorable locations could reveal the true identity of the newest take of the iconic Spider-Man foe, Venom.

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Insomniac Games chose not to release a new trailer for the pre-order event despite revealing one for Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4 in 2018 and Spider-Man: Miles Morales in 2022. However, they did reaffirm several features gamers could expect in the upcoming game. Players will be able to:

  • Switch between Peter Parker and Miles Morales at will with little to no lag time.
  • Swing through an expanded New York City that is double the size of the first game.
  • Discover new game characters features such as, the spider wings and the four articulated iron spider arms.
  • Battle with iconic Spider-Man villains like the merciless Kraven the Hunter and a new take on the infamous, Venom.
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The PlayStation website elaborated on the Marvel’s New York game map by stating that players will have two new interactive areas. Gamers can travel to the boroughs: Brooklyn and Queens, as well as locations like Coney Island and the Emily May Foundation. This last place is what may reveal the identity of the new, Eddie Brock-less Venom and why their vengeance is solely focused on the new Spider-Men.

In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2018, Harry Osborn was the terminally-ill son of billionaire industrialist, Norman Osborn. He was also the childhood best friend of Peter Parker. The game featured side quests where Peter was able to listen to recordings Harry left behind before leaving for his treatment. Peter missed Harry throughout the game and was baffled why he broke contact with him for so long. Harry’s absence was made clear at the end of the game when his father, Norman, had his unconscious son floating in a stasis chamber of green mysterious liquid.

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Emily May is the mother of Harry Osborn who suffered from Oshtoran Syndrome, the same disease as her son. She did not survive her treatment and this deeply affected Harry and Peter into adulthood. Now, the calculated choice of featuring a “Emily May Foundation” billboard in a screenshot as the Spidey duo fight Venom; along with it being an explorable area, has led many Spidey sleuths to conclude two things:

  • The Osborns will be prominent characters in this sequel.
  • Harry will fuse with the symbiote, the alien parasite that creates Venom, to cure himself of his afflictions.
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The big mystery with this theory is uncovering the reason why Harry would use the symbiote to exact revenge on Peter and Miles. Insomniac Games never explicitly follow any of the Marvel Comics source material, so it is impossible to foresee the plot or make definitive claims, but there is no denying that the Osborns will be important figures in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Do you think Harry Osborn is the new Venom? What are you predictions for the game?

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