Warning: this article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has been out for over a month now and many have swung around New York City, saving its citizens from another disastrous villain in Spider-Man’s rogue gallery. Introducing Kraven and Venom into Insomniac’s Spider-World gave us a much darker web to be spun. Tackling themes of loneliness and addiction, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gave us Peter Parker at his lowest while keeping Miles on his toes and wondering how he can save not only his mentor but his friend. While the end of the game is left on a high note, many have the question of what happens next, while it’ll be a couple of years before we see our heroes return in a third outing, let’s discuss what Spider-Man 2 could potentially set up for its sequel.
Peter Parker Retires
When we first met Peter in 2018, he was well-established in his role as your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man at the age of 23, in that same game it’s stated that he spent eight years working with Yuri Watanabe to build up enough evidence to bring Wilson Fisk down, which is the event that opens that very game. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 takes place just two years after the first game, putting Peter at the age of 25, which means Peter has been Spider-Man for a decade. In the first game, we met Miles for the first time and the game largely served as his origin story while masquerading as a Peter Parker story.
A couple of years later in 2020, we saw the release of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a much smaller side story that focused its narrative on Miles Morales and the loved ones around him. Peter wasn’t there to help, but by the end of that game and throughout Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, both Peter and Miles share the same moniker: Spider-Man. Peter Parker is the battered and war-torn veteran and Miles is the rookie, looking to get his feet wet, though by now he’s earned the right to share the mantle. Though, by the looks of the ending for Spider-Man 2, Miles may be the only Spider-Man that New York knows of for a while.
Throughout Spider-Man 2, Peter is struggling and lost in life and identity. All he’s known for the last decade is to be Spider-Man and he’s never been able to hold down a job because of it. Peter ends the game by hanging up his tights and allowing Miles to take up the mantle of Spider-Man, which will allow Peter to focus on a different way of saving the world: The Emily-May Foundation which was founded by Harry Osborn.
This is not only a big step for Peter but it’s also a big step for Miles. Peter gets to step into a new world, sans the responsibilities of being Spider-Man and gets to be a scientist for once and Miles gets go from secondary hero into New York’s only Spider-Man. While not much is known about the potential Spider-Man 3, we can assume that there will be some event or adversary that brings Peter back into the fold, though I hope his retirement sticks.
The only question is, what or who is that adversary? This game brought a couple of new villains into the world and one that many fans have been waiting for.
Green Goblin & Doc Ock
Two of Spider-Man’s most popular villains, gamers have gone up against Doc Ock once in Marvel’s Spider-Man, though the Insomniac universe is a strange one as it’s the first Spider-Man IP that doesn’t give us a Green Goblin right out of the gate. Green Goblin is Spider-Man’s arch nemesis, sort of the Joker to his Batman. While Norman Osborn has had a strong presence throughout all three titles, he never had ulterior motives. In this universe, Norman was seen more as a loving father running for Mayor while still trying to get over the death of his wife and finding a cure for his terminally ill son. After the events in this movie, it’s almost certain that Norman Osborn will be a formidable foe for Spider-Man and will be the reason Peter comes out of retirement.
However, toward the end of this game, Harry is left in a coma, with Norman by his side, he gets on the phone and demands the G-Serum, which brings the question is it Norman that will become Green Goblin or will it be Harry? While that is a question many are asking right now, there’s no doubt in many gamers’ minds that Green Goblin will be in the sequel in some form.
After the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Doc Ock was locked in The Raft with the rest of his Sinister Six. Spared from the danger that was Venom, the ending of Spider-Man 2 saw Norman heading to Otto’s cell and demanding the identities of both Spider-Man. We also see that Otto has been writing in a journal, while we don’t know what is in the journal, when asked about it Otto simply states that it’s ” the final chapter,” likely his final plan for revenge against Spider-Man.
The Insomniac Universe games take a lot of cues throughout Marvel’s collective history and it’s worth stating that “The Final Chapter” is the name of two separate stories in Spider-Man’s comic history. One is from The Amazing Spider-Man #33 released in 1965 which saw Spider-Man trapped by tons of iron and struggling to get out, after realizing he must get rid of the guilt he has after Uncle Ben’s death, he frees himself, saves Aunt May and cures Curt Connors.
The second storyline was called Spider-Man: The Final Chapter which was a crossover event of several Spider-Man titles in 1998 featuring Spider-Man facing off against The Green Goblin. In this story, Norman initiates a ritual known as The Gathering of the Five, a ritual that he believes will grant him incredible power. This story was also pretty controversial for its time as the story revealed that Aunt May was alive and well after dying in The Amazing Spider-Man #400, during the height of the Clone Saga just three years prior.
While neither of these includes Doc Ock, it’s worth noting the similarities. This could just be a case where it’s just coincidental that the names are similar, but there could be some inspiration from the stories as well.
It’s unknown if the symbiote known as Venom will take another host since Harry’s body could potentially be used for Green Goblin and this world has yet to introduce Eddie Brock, though this game did set up a new host in the leader of the cult known as The Flame: Cletus Kasady. Which is a name that many fans know is the host for Carnage, a sadistic and vile symbiote that is far worse of an adversary than Venom could ever be.
Throughout Spider-Man 2, fans get to help Wraith take down the cult known as The Flame. Wraith, Yuri Watanabe, wants revenge on Cletus Kasady for what he did to her unit while she was a cop. Throughout these side missions, it’s very clear that Cletus Kasady is a very sick individual, and seeing how the two big titles gave us two major villains for each story, Carnage and Green Goblin would make a fantastic pair for the third game, we could also see the return of Venom as a hero to help Spider-Man get rid of Carnage.
Carnage hasn’t been in many incarnations of Spider-Man, most cartoons featured the bloody red symbiote though 2021 saw the cinematic debut of Carnage played by Woody Harrelson.
I’ve told many here at Strangely Awesome Games that I’d love to see The Chameleon in this world, there’s just something I love about the character, this sort of master of disguise and being able to disappear within the crowd, so imagine my surprise when a side quest revealed the Chameleon is alive in this world that Insomniac Games has set up.
The Chameleon also known as Dmitri Smerdyakov, is the half-brother of Kraven the Hunter, while Kraven does indeed die in this game and will not return for the sequel, it’s easy to assume that Dmitri will or at the very least be the subject of DLC for Spider-Man 2. As I stated above and as his name suggests, Dmitri is known to assume the disguise of virtually anyone.
Given that Chameleon could disguise himself as anyone, this gives the team at Insomniac the chance to create a very solid story for him. He has one goal and that’s what his brother couldn’t, to kill Spider-Man, we could see him return as Kraven and mess with Peter and Miles’ mind, or could get personal and disguise himself as MJ or Hailey. The world is at the mercy of Insomniac Games for any title within their Spider-Man universe.
Who is Cindy Moon?
The second post-credits scene for the game gave us a moment where we see Miles and Hailey embrace and they also meet the man that Miles’ mom, Rio, has been dating throughout the game, Albert Moon.
Albert arrives just in time for dinner and introduces Miles, Hailey, and Rio to his daughter, Cindy Moon. While the scene ends with a backshot of Cindy’s head, fans don’t get to see who she is and likely won’t until Spider-Man 3 is out.
Many readers of the comics know who Cindy Moon is and this has surprised many as this means that we could potentially see another wall-crawler introduced into this world. However, something worth noting here is that historically, Cindy usually is a bit older than Miles and she was bit by the same spider that bit Peter and gave him his powers.
Unless we get a sequel to the smaller Miles Morales story, I think including Cindy Moon as a hero is a little too soon since Miles hasn’t been a hero for that long. We could easily get a story where Cindy and Miles are overwhelmed with Green Goblin and Carnage and look to Peter for help and that’s how he comes back for one final time and we could potentially control three heroes in the third Spidey game, which would honestly be insane.
With all that being said, this is everything you need to know about how the ending of Spider-Man 2 sets up its sequel. Did you like what you read? If so, comment below what you’re looking forward to the most and while you’re here, please check out our review for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, written by yours truly!
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is out on PS5.