In a recent sit-down with the crew behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Insomniac’s creative director opened up about how much the blockbuster 2018 animated film influenced Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Just like Into The Spider-Verse, Insomniac’s superhero spin-off saw young Brooklyn teen Miles step into his own as Spider-Man after gaining his powers during the events of 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Insomniac has never been shy about drawing inspiration from all versions of Spider-Man for its acclaimed series of open-world superhero sandbox games, featuring references, moments, and even alternate costumes from various comics and films featuring Marvel’s beloved web-slinging crime fighter. This rings true for last year’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which included an alternate skin based on Miles’s animated appearance in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – as well as a suit mod that slowed the hero’s movement down to the 12 FPS framerate that the movie utilized to great effect in order to capture the feeling of a comic book come to life.
According to GamesRadar, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’s influence on Spider-Man: Miles Morales ran far deeper than sharing a main protagonist and an alternate costume. As part of a series of round-table discussions regarding Marvel’s Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Insomniac creative director Brian Horton shared how Into The Spider-Verse inspired his team “tremendously” while working on their second Marvel game. “When we saw [Into the Spider-Verse], we had already developed a bit of story for what our game would be […] but we were heartened and freaked out by how good of a story you guys told with Miles,” Horton told Into The Spider-Verse director Peter Ramsey and writers/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “All the small details that you bought into his character really helped us raise our game.” Phil Lord then revealed that Insomniac invited him and his team over to check out Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and that they were blown away with Insomniac’s “observation and the details” in Spider-Man: Miles Morales’s version of Harlem.
Fans will get to see more of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s take on the Spider-Man mythos in next year’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2, which promises the return of multiversal spider-heroes Miles, Gwen Stacy, and Peter B. Parker – along with a new batch of alternate reality web slingers including Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman. Meanwhile, Insomniac is currently working on two new titles set in its growing Marvel gaming universe: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which will pit Peter and Miles against the monstrous Venom in a darker storyline than the duo’s previous adventures, and Marvel’s Wolverine, a more mature game centered around the popular Canadian mutant.
Both Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Insomniac’s top-tier games like Spider-Man: Miles Morales have been monumental in bringing in new fans of one of Marvel’s most iconic characters over the past few years, so it’s cool to hear about how the talented people behind them drew inspiration from one another. Players can expect more references and influences to come in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 when it swings onto the PlayStation 5 sometime in 2023.
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