- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 addresses the absence of the Avengers in a comic, explaining that they are usually busy solving crises far from New York City.
- Including the Avengers would be challenging both in terms of negotiations and development time, as it would require designing and developing unique versions of beloved characters.
- The narrative of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 focuses on Peter, Miles, and their respective storylines, making it unlikely that involving the Avengers would enhance the story without diluting or derailing its focus.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 features some major stakes that eclipse the threats of the prior titles in Insomniac Games’ series, so it might seem a little odd that the Avengers never show up to deal with it. Peter and Miles are certainly powerful, but a couple of Spider-Men don’t exactly hold a candle to a full team of superheroes with some especially strong abilities. Although sometimes questions like this are better off ignored in favor of simply enjoying the story, there’s actually a specific answer to why the Avengers aren’t in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.
Although it took decades for major event crossovers to become a focus of superhero stories, the concept is extensively well-established at this point. From major comic book arcs to blockbuster MCU films, there’s a certain expectation that escalating stakes will eventually lead to some outside intervention. This approach frequently makes narrative sense, but its popularity is arguably more motivated by fans’ desires to see favorite characters work with each other. Although Marvel’s Spider-Man already delivers on that point in one major regard by centering its story on both Peter and Miles after building up their individual narratives in prior games, it stops short of scaling up those ambitions.
The Avengers Are Busy In Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
The lack of the Avengers in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is actually addressed in a comic rather than in the game, but the explanation is the only canon one that’s been given. The current comic series Spider-Man Unlimited Infinity follows the standard Earth-616 Spider-Man on an adventure that crosses dimensions, a journey that ultimately sees him team up with Insomniac’s Spider-Man. As ComicGirlAshley points out in a tweet, Insomniac’s character says “Where I’m from, they’re always gone” in reference to the Avengers, implying that the team is typically off solving crises far from New York City.
This isn’t a particularly detailed explanation for the absence of the Avengers in the Marvel’s Spider-Man games, failing to elaborate on exactly where they are or what they’re doing, but it does provide a basic answer to a frequently-asked question. Although relegating this conversation to a comic might mean that many Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 players could miss out on it, it’s a smart way to avoid glossing over the issue entirely while keeping the game free of any awkward passing references. The Avengers Tower itself does appear in game, but a location is much easier to implement seamlessly than dialogue that’s irrelevant to the plot or characters at large.
Including The Avengers In Spider-Man 2 Would Be Hard
Stepping back from a focus on the canon, the biggest reasons for the lack of the Avengers in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 are likely practical. On a basic level, negotiating the involvement of the Avengers in the game could be complicated for Insomniac. There’s nothing to suggest that they’re definitively locked to using Spider-Man characters, as, contrary to what the PlayStation exclusivity might suggest, the Marvel’s Spider-Man games have nothing to do with Sony’s ownership of Spider-Man film rights. Even so, Marvel is unlikely to throw out blanket access to every character to any studio, and sticking to core Spider-Man characters is no doubt a simpler approach.
Even if rights were easily secured, involving the Avengers would likely take up a good chunk of development time. Anything beyond a cameo would involve honing designs and developing unique incarnations of beloved characters along with perfecting their powers in game. The recent Marvel’s Avengers game from Square Enix had to go back to the drawing board on character designs after an initially negative reception, showing just how protective fans are of the characters and how easy it is to deliver something unsatisfying. Although Marvel’s Avengers has now been delisted from storefronts, its existence could have also prevented the characters from being included in the Insomniac works.
The Avengers Would Disrupt The Spider-Man 2 Story
From a narrative perspective, it’s also more likely than not that involving the Avengers would be to the detriment of the story that Insomniac is telling in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. There’s already plenty to juggle between Peter, Miles, and various side characters in both of their orbits, and even touching on an additional superhero ensemble could easily dilute or derail the focus. Unless the Avengers were included as playable characters, which would be a tall order, it would also be difficult to involve them in climactic events without taking some agency away from the player.
All things considered, any minor suspension of disbelief necessary to accept that the Avengers just aren’t able to involve themselves has significantly less impact on the narrative than wrangling the team of heroes would. This is far from the first time that the characters have been dodged to the potential betterment of a story, with even the MCU Spider-Man films finding reasons to keep most of them out of Peter Parker’s business. If Insomniac does ever bring them to life, it will likely be in a game that has more room for them at the center of a story rather than one that’s already as full-up as Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is.
At the end of the day, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is, well, a Spider-Man game, and it’s difficult to find a spotlight big enough to share with even the core crew of the Avengers. Thanks to Spider-Man Unlimited Infinity, Marvel has offered an in-universe answer as to why the Avengers aren’t muscling into view, as they appear content to leave their tower mostly unoccupied in pursuit of other tasks. Peter Parker and Miles Morales tend to keep their focus on the “friendly neighborhood” part of the job, and it seems that the Avengers will let them take up that mantle in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 without any interference.
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