Crystal Dynamics have announced via Tweet that Spider-Man will be a Playstation exclusive character in their upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game. This announcement came mere days following confirmation that Hawkeye would be joining in a clear attempt to make a public mockery of Clint Barton. This sadly redefines the “arrows of outrageous fortune” that Hamlet once fret upon.
Naturally being an obscure character, the console exclusivity of Peter Parker was met with a tepid response. Remember when it seemed Sony was going to pull Tom Holland from the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to profit disagreements with Disney? Nah, nobody cared.
Aha, gotcha! It turns out Spider-Man is pretty much the mascot of Marvel Comics as a whole, which has lead to some heated backlash from the normally very even-tempered and rational superhero fandom on social media. Comic-book and videogame fans, a war-time alliance to rival the last alliance of Men and Elves who fought Sauron.
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Following Insomniac’s Marvel’s Spider-Man (Christ) some see this as a natural extension of that game’s exclusivity. However, this seems a careless move for a multi-platform game. Like the team of heroes itself, Marvel’s Avengers is sold on the quality of the characters included. So if Marvel’s most popular character is excluded from other systems what message is that sending?
It could simply be a matter of a timed bonus for Playstation owners and Spidey will swing onto other platforms at a later date. However, currently, all that is known is that he’ll be in the Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 versions of the game.
Whilst writing this article Crystal Dynamics Co-Head Scot Amos made this statement regarding the web-slinger.
“So the beauty of Spider-Man, and what Spider-Man represents as a character, and as a world is… Again, it comes back to the relationship with PlayStation and Marvel… We happened to be… once you can execute and deliver, when it comes down to choices of where and what Spider-Man can be, that’s a relationship question that PlayStation absolutely has the rights to, that as you guys know, with Sony’s ownership there, and Marvel with Sony saying, ‘Hey, this is something we can do. This is something we can do on this platform.”
Impressively vague but this confirms Sony has pulled some strings to get Spidey locked to their platforms. We’ve attempted to reach out to Martin Scorsese for a quote on this story with no avail.