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Spider-Man (Peter Parker) as portrayed in Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 cover art in his first comic appearance.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Spider-Man (September 7, 2017) (by development)
Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover (August 21, 2018) (by release date) [1]
First comic appearance Spider-Geddon (vol. 1) #0 (September 2018)
Created by Jon Paquette
Benjamin Arfmann
Kelsey Beachum
Christos Gage
Dan Slott
(based on a character created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko)
Voiced by Yuri Lowenthal
In-story information
Full namePeter Benjamin Parker
Place of originMarvel Gamerverse [2] (Earth-1048) [3]
Abilities
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Proficient scientist and inventor
  • Superhuman strength, speed, durability, agility, stamina, reflexes/reactions, coordination, balance and endurance
  • Spider physiology: Precognitive spider-sense ability, cling to most solid surfaces and webbing ability
  • Utilizes wrist web-shooters to shoot spiderweb material

Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is a fictional character, a superhero developed and created by Insomniac Games originally for the Spider-Man video game released in 2018. Based on the original character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character was later established in Marvel Comics continuity as an alternate version of Spider-Man. The video game character was created with contributions from various writers such as Jon Parquette, Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum, Christos Gage and Dan Slott and is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal. His primary suit is called the advanced suit, which is designed differently than his comic book counterpart and serves as a replacement for his original suit, which was damaged during a confrontation with one of his foes.

Superhero Type of stock character

A superhero is a type of heroic stock character, usually possessing supernatural or superhuman powers, who is dedicated to fighting the evil of their universe, protecting the public, and usually battling supervillains. A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine, although the word superhero is also commonly used for females. Superhero fiction is the genre of fiction that is centered on such characters, especially in American comic book and films since the 1930s.

Insomniac Games, Inc. is an American video game developer based in Burbank, California. It was founded in 1994 by Ted Price as Xtreme Software, and was renamed Insomniac Games a year later. The company is most known for developing several early PlayStation mascots, Spyro the Dragon, Ratchet, and Clank, as well as the Resistance franchise, 2014's Sunset Overdrive and 2018's Spider-Man.

<i>Spider-Man</i> (2018 video game) 2018 video game for the PlayStation 4

Marvel's Spider-Man is a 2018 action-adventure game developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man, it is inspired by the long-running comic book mythology and adaptations in other media. In the game's main storyline, the super-human crime lord Mr. Negative orchestrates a plot to seize control of New York City's criminal underworld. When Mr. Negative threatens to release a deadly virus, Spider-Man must confront him and protect the city while dealing with the personal problems of his civilian persona, Peter Parker.

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He is depicted as a more mature and experienced version of the character, who has battled various super-villains in his eight-year career as the city's protector, while still struggling to balance his superhero alter-ego as Spider-Man, along with his personal life as Peter Parker. The character has received a widely positive reception critically and is praised as a great adaptation of the superhero. [4] [5] [6]

Development

Creation

Several characters from Marvel Comics were considered to have their own game developed by Insomniac Games but the team’s final choice was to adapt Spider-Man in his own video game, saying they related to the dynamic between the heroic Spider-Man and his everyman alter ego Peter Parker. Creative director Brian Intihar said "I feel like he's the most relatable of the heroes. As much as I love Tony Stark, it's harder to identify with a billionaire. As much as I love Thor, it's hard to identify with a god. Peter makes mistakes, he has ups and downs in his career, his relationships, his family. I think we can all relate to that." [7] Price said "He's so human, and he's so relatable. He's also the most popular Marvel character in the world, I think". Price also considered the logistical benefits, as Sunset Overdrive featured a dynamic traversal system that they could build upon for Spider-Man. [8] Spider-Man became the first licensed property by Insomniac in 22 years. [9]

Marvel Comics company that publishes comic books and related media

Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company.

Iron Man superhero appearing in Marvel Comics publications and related media

Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was co-created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. The character made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39, and received his own title in Iron Man #1.

Thor (Marvel Comics) comic book character

Thor is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, which is based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder who possesses the enchanted hammer, Mjolnir, which grants him the ability to fly and manipulate weather amongst his other superhuman attributes.

Intihar collaborated with a team of writers under lead writer Jon Paquette to create an original take on Spider-Man that still remained true to the original. [7] Alongside lead Paquette, the story was written by Ben Arfman and Kelsey Beachum. Comic book and screenwriter Christos Gage co-wrote the script, and comic book writer Dan Slott provided additional story contributions. [10] [11] Insomniac researched different iterations of the character to understand what made a compelling Spider-Man story, after which Paquette said "okay let's forget all that stuff", aiming to not draw too much from any single version. One lesson the team took from the research was that whenever Spider-Man wins, Peter Parker loses, and vice versa. Intihar said that from conception, the game was designed to be as much Parker's story as Spider-Man's. [7] The team deliberately avoided retelling Spider-Man's origin, reasoning "everyone kind of knows Spider-Man was bitten by a spider." [10]

Christos Gage Greek-American writer and screenwriter

Christos N. Gage is an American screenwriter and comic book writer. He is known for his work on the TV series Daredevil, Hawaii Five-0, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Numbers and the films The Breed and Teenage Caveman. In the comics industry, he has done considerable work on the titles Angel & Faith, Avengers Academy, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Superior Spider-Man, Spider-Geddon and has written tie-in books for the "Civil War" and "World War Hulk" storylines.

Dan Slott American comic book writer

Dan Slott is an American comic book writer, who is the current writer on Marvel Comics' Tony Stark: Iron Man and Fantastic Four. He is best known for his long run on The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, The Superior Spider-Man, and Ren & Stimpy.

Voice

Yuri Lowenthal provides the voice of Spider-Man / Peter Parker, but there was some initial reluctance to cast him as he had previously voiced a characteristically-different lead character in Sunset Overdrive and it was thought that he was not capable of providing a drastically different performance. [12] Working with voice director Kris Zimmerman, Lowenthal tried to differentiate his voices for Parker in his civilian life where he is more gentle, and as Spider-Man, where he is more confident. [13] Paquette convinced the studio to cast him in the role due to his trust in Lowenthal's acting ability. Lowenthal worked with two stunt people throughout the game's development. He tried to differentiate between his voices for Peter Parker and Spider-Man but thought that they could not be totally different and as a result spent a large amount of time "finessing and massaging" his performance to achieve a balance. [14]

Yuri Lowenthal American actor and writer

Yuri Lowenthal is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter known chiefly for his voice-over work in anime, cartoons and video games. Some of his prominent roles in anime and cartoons include Sasuke Uchiha in Naruto, teenage Ben Tennyson in Ben 10, Jinnosuke in Afro Samurai, Simon in Gurren Lagann, and Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass. In video games, he voices The Prince in Ubisoft's Prince of Persia, Alucard in Castlevania, Hayate/Ein in Dead or Alive, Matt Miller in Saints Row, the Protagonist in Persona 3, Yosuke Hanamura in Persona 4, Marth in Fire Emblem, Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Insomniac's Spider-Man. He has a production company Monkey Kingdom Productions with his wife, Tara Platt, where they have produced several feature films and a live-action web series called Shelf Life. He co-authored the book Voice-Over Voice Actor.

Advanced Suit

"When you see our Spider-Man suit it’s instantly recognisable as Spider-Man. When you see the red and blue, the iconic eyes, the overall shape and form, there’s no mistaking that as Spider-Man. But… seeing that giant white spider on the red and blue suit, you know that’s different, that’s from a different universe. That’s Insomniac’s Spider-Man."

Bryan Intihar, [15]

Insomniac wanted to modernize the design of Spider-Man's costume while paying homage to the original design by Steve Ditko. The new design features a large white spider symbol that stretches across the torso, gauntlet-like gloves and a sneaker-style design based on athletic-wear instead of knee-high boots. Chew said the design goal was to create what a "23-year-old, would-be superhero" would wear in 2018 New York City. The traditional red and blue color scheme is retained in the costume, but with the addition of white. Chew compared the outfit to compression wear, and said each color represented different materials. Blue is the most flexible and is where Spider-Man requires the most flexibility, such as his limbs. The red material is flexible but thicker for protection from minor scuffs and scrapes, and the white is compared to a carbon fiber, offering the most protection, so it is positioned on his chest, hands and feet. [16]

Steve Ditko American comic book artist

Stephen John Ditko was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Compression garment

Compression garments are pieces of clothing that fit tightly around the skin. In medical contexts, compression garments provide support for people who have to stand for long periods or have poor circulation. These come in varying degrees of compression, and higher degree compression sleeves, such as sleeves that provide compression of 20–30 mmHg or higher, typically require a doctor's prescription. Compression garments worn on the legs can help prevent deep vein thrombosis and reduce swelling, especially while traveling.

Carbon fibers material consisting of fibers about 5–10 μm in diameter

Carbon fibers or carbon fibres are fibers about 5–10 micrometres in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atoms. Carbon fibers have several advantages including high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion. These properties have made carbon fiber very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motorsports, along with other competition sports. However, they are relatively expensive when compared with similar fibers, such as glass fibers or plastic fibers.

Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover

An official prequel book titled Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover by David Liss by Titan Publishing Group was released on August 21, 2018, predating the game release date. It details Spider-Man's fight with the book's version of Blood Spider and depicts the rivalry between Parker and the Kingpin before the events of the game. [17]

Liss explained to Syfy that ground rules had to be established by Marvel Comics and Insomniac Games of what elements of the game Liss could reveal in the book. He stated anything that happened in the novel "had to make sense in terms of the game" on making his book. [18]

Publication history

The game's Spider-Man appears in the 2018 Spider-Geddon comic book storyline written by Gage, a sequel to 2014's Spider-Verse , which brings together Spider-people from different Marvel realities. Spider-Geddon issue #0 (released September 26, 2018) follows the Superior Octopus (an alternate universe version of Otto Octavius in Peter Parker's body), as he travels to the game's Earth (designated Earth-1048) to recruit the game's Spider-Man. The story of Spider-Geddon takes place after the events of the game, and also introduces the Earth-1048 version of Tarantula. Insomniac artists provided variant comic book covers for the series. [19] [20]

Spider-Geddon #0 introduced the character from the Spider-Man 2018 video game into comics, and set up the plot for the game's sequel. [21] Both the video game and the comic are written by Gage, who said that "Since I have been writing for the video game for the past three years (along with the ever-amazing Dan Slott, Jon Paquette, and Ben Arfmann), it seemed like a perfect time to bring that Pete into the mix". [22] The first illustrated teaser poster featured a black silhouette of a Spider-Man character, who was revealed to be the one from the game in a later full version of the poster. [22]

A six-issue comic book, titled Spider-Man: City at War, was released in March 2019. It follows the events of the game while introducing some new events. The series is published by Marvel, written by Dennis Hopeless, with art by Michelle Bandini, and variant cover arts by Clayton Crain, David Nakayama, Gerardo Sandoval and Adi Granov. [23] [24] [25]

Fictional character biography

Role in the game

Peter Parker (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) [26] was a bright, intelligent and sincere, yet shy, outcasted and withdrawn 15 year-old high school student, [10] [27] who gained spider-like superhuman abilities after being bitten by a genetically-modified spider during a field trip. Employing a secret identity, Parker uses these abilities to protect the citizens of New York City as the superhero Spider-Man, in order to atone for his paternal uncle/foster father: Ben Parker's murder at the hands of a robber, something for which he was partially responsible and which constantly haunts him, after initially attempting to use his abilities for personal gain. [28] Eight years into his superhero career, Parker has become an experienced and masterful crime-fighter, has graduated from high school and college, and is employed as a research lab assistant, but still struggles to balance his superhero alter-ego and personal life. He is aided in his fight by intrepid Daily Bugle reporter Mary Jane Watson, (Laura Bailey), [26] his former high school classmate and ex-girlfriend, [10] and NYPD Captain Yuri Watanabe (Tara Platt). [26] In his civilian life, Parker is supported by his Aunt May (Nancy Linari) [26] who volunteers at the F.E.A.S.T. homeless shelter run by philanthropist Martin Li (Stephen Oyoung). [26] [27] Parker is employed by his friend and mentor, the respected scientist Dr. Otto Octavius (William Salyers). [10] [29] Spider-Man's adventure brings him into contact with other characters, including an African-American teenager: Miles Morales (Nadji Jeter) [10] [26] and his parents, NYPD Officer Jefferson Davis (Russell Richardson) and Rio Morales (Jacqueline Pinol), OsCorp CEO and New York mayor Norman Osborn (Mark Rolston), [26] [30] and Silver Sablinova (Nichole Elise), leader of the private military company Sable International. [10]

Spider-Man's mission to protect the city which brings him into conflict with various supervillains and criminals. [31] [32] [33]

In Marvel Comics

The Spider-Man from the game was featured in the Spider-Geddon storyline, a sequel to Spider-Verse . The storyline is written by Christos Gage (who also wrote the video game), who noted Spider-Geddon takes place after the events of the game. The first issue in the storyline, Spider-Geddon #0, was released on September 26, 2018. [19]

The story begins on Earth-1048 as Spider-Man is listening to J. Jonah Jameson's podcast called "Just the Facts" where he talks about Mayor Norman Osborn resigning, a power struggle to replace Kingpin, Nazis made of bees, and a claim that this is all Spider-Man's fault. Spider-Man is contacted by Mary Jane Watson who states that a criminal is tearing up a bank in the Financial District and has a spider symbol on him. He arrives at the Financial District where he discovers that Tarantula is responsible. During the battle, Spider-Man is visited by Superior Spider-Man (Otto Octavius of Earth-616) who joins the battle. After some difficulty, Spider-Man of Earth-1048 and Superior Spider-Man defeat Tarantula as Spider-Man of Earth-1048 agrees to accompany him. [34]

Spider-Man of Earth-1048 is with Superior Spider-Man's group on Leopardon as they discuss how to destroy the Inheritors. [35]

After Solus dismisses Superior Spider-Man upon bringing Ben Reilly to him, Spider-Man of Earth-1048 is revealed to have secretly followed Superior Spider-Man and thinks that he has betrayed him. As Spider-Man of Earth-1048 learns that tricking Jennix into feeding on Ben Reilly was part of Superior Spider-Man's plans, they are attacked by the Inheritors. [36]

In other media

The advanced suit that Parker wears in the video game appears in the 2018 film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , among the suits collected by the Peter Parker of Miles Morales' universe. [37]

Merchandise

Reception

Insomniac's take on the classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko character evokes everything that’s good about the half-century-old youngster, slinging together a kinetic, high-energy update that’s as much a playground for adrenaline junkies as it is an intimate meditation on the growing pains of a newcomer to adulthood.

Dom Nero,Esquire [4]

Insomniac Games' portrayal of Peter Parker was widely well-received by both fans and critics. Giuseppe Nelva of Dualshockers.com praises the character’s portrayal in the game noting that, while he’s an older and more confident Spider-Man, the character is still portrayed as human and is still prone to being goofy like in his comic book counterpart. He also praises the depiction of Parker’s maturity in the video game. [41]

Jonahan Dornbush of IGN praised the focus on Peter Parker and highlighted voice actor Yuri Lowenthal of having "an emotional honesty" in this version of Spider-Man that made it one of his favorite portrayals of the character. [28] Similarly, Harmon praised the game's characterization and understanding of Parker, which he found was better than almost any comic adaptation. [5]

Dom Nero of Esquire praised the character describing the character as one of the best versions of Spider-Man he has seen. He enjoyed the way that Insomniac depicted Spider-Man's morality and how Insomniac depicted him as an character where the player wants you do the right thing while still being able to "web-kick some ass" too. [4] Noel Ransome of Vice also praised the risk of depicting a more mature Peter while still depicting the misfortune of the original Spider-Man, calling out the inabilities of the superhero "to reach the cusp of greatness" as "so identifiable". [6]

The character was ranked as number one character within the game by WhatCulture.com. [42]

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