Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Release date, story, gameplay, platforms, trailers, more

Nathan Warby
Peter Parker and Miles Morales in Spider-Man 2

Insomniac Games are hard at work on Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, the follow-up to one of the most critically acclaimed superhero games of all time. Here’s everything we know about Spider-Man 2, from story details to the confirmed release date.

When the original Marvel’s Spider-Man arrived back in 2018, comic book fans quickly hailed it as one of the best superhero games of all time, with many ranking it alongside the Batman Arkham series.

While Insomniac have since released a Miles Morales spin-off and announced a standalone Wolverine game, a fully-fledged sequel was only a matter of time. It’s been almost five years since the original hit the shelves, and players are desperate for any slither of information.

Here’s everything we know about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 so far, from the platforms it’s being released on to story details.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 release date

After hinting at a Fall 2023 release date, Insomniac Games confirmed Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is coming on October 20, 2023. The date was announced during the Summer Game Fest opening showcase alongside additional details.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 platforms

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is set to be released exclusively on the PlayStation 5, and won’t be available on any other platforms at launch. The game’s official website mentions that the game has been “developed for the PlayStation 5 console,” and there is currently no PS4 version listed.

PC players will also miss out at launch, but Sony have begun dropping their first-party titles on Steam in the months and years after the initial release, so we expect it to appear on PC later down the line.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 story details

Not much is known about Spider-Man 2’s story, but we did get a lot more insight with the story trailer. Picking up after the events of the first game, the sequel will see Peter Parker and Miles Morales cross paths with the iconic anti-hero Venom.

The Symbiote Saga from the comics will influence the story, as Peter and others will be affected by Venom. However, this version will be a very different adaptation, as the Venom Symbiote will be worn by Harry Osborn to begin with – Peter’s close friend who was noticeably absent from the original due to a critical illness.

Perhaps the Symbiote saved Harry Osborn, and he subsequently becomes the Venom in this version of the story. It’s unclear how Peter Parker gets the Venom Symbiote, but players will be able to experience him in the iconic black Symbiote suit, which seems to be affecting his personality negatively.

It’s also been confirmed that Sergei Kravinoff, better known as Kraven the Hunter, will serve as one of the game’s villains, arriving in New York City to tackle a “new hunting ground.” The PlayStation Showcase gameplay also revealed that Lizard has a role to play, and was being pursued by Kraven.

As for Miles Morales, voice actor Nadji Jeter confirmed at the San Diego Comic-Con that the character will also be confronting Mr Negative in the game, as also seen in the story trailer.

Mr Negative looks very different, and it’s currently unclear what will happen between the two, but in the story trailer Miles still seems very angry about his father’s death at the hands of the villain, as he says to him “you don’t know what you took from me.”

Spider-Man (2018) featured multiple villains to form the Sinister Six, so don’t be surprised to see more of Spidey’s rouges gallery appear in the follow-up.

Venom in Spider-Man 2
Venom is set to play a key role in Spider-Man 2.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 gameplay

Again, there are very few gameplay details available about Spider-Man 2’s gameplay, but it’s bringing back the open-world version of New York that made the first game so successful. It’s also expanding to include some of the boroughs that were absent before, and the water around the city will play a larger role.

The swinging and combat will be familiar to long-time fans, but a handful of new abilities have been revealed. Many of these come courtesy of the slimy Symbiote suit, which can extend and grow tentacles to slam enemies into the ground.

The devs have announced that Spider-Man 2 won’t support co-op play after many fans speculated that they might be able to team up with friends as both Peter and Miles. After being asked on Twitter, Insomniac Games responded to the question on May 22, simply saying: “Nope! It is an epic single-player adventure!”

That being said, Spider-Man (2018) switched perspectives between its characters from mission to mission, and this is set to continue in the sequel. The gameplay revealed so far showed that players will be able to switch webheads at specific moments, allowing players to experience the story from both Peter’s and Miles’ points of view.

So, don’t be surprised to see designated sections for Peter, Miles, Mary Jane, and possibly even Venom in the final game.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 trailers

There have been three official trailers for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 so far, the first of which was released during the PlayStation Showcase 2021. It showed both Peter Parker and Miles Morales fighting off henchmen, before offering a first glimpse at Venom.

Check it out below:

Then, two years later at PlayStation Showcase 2023, the devs released a 10-minute-long gameplay demo. It showed the new black suit in action during a mission focusing on Lizard, along with some key story details:

On July 20, 2023, we finally got the official story trailer for Spider-Man 2, showing off new details of the story, as well as some gameplay and cutscenes, including the first look at the beefed-up Venom villain in-game.

That was everything we know so far about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 so far. We’ll be updating this page with all the latest announcements, so stay tuned for more details.

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].