We all saw the rumors, and we had hoped that it wouldn’t turn out to be true, but here we are none the less. Crystal Dynamics has confirmed that while my favorite Marvel Super Hero, Spider-Man, is headed to the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers title, but he’ll be exclusive to the PlayStation 4/5 versions.
While Spider-Man won’t be available at the launch of the title, he’ll be added sometime during Q1/Q2 2021 and as a free addition to the game. In the blog post that announced the news, we’re given a brief history of Spider-Man, why the character is so beloved, and why he was selected to be added to the roster.
Interestingly enough, while the PlayStation 4 and soon be PlayStation 5 already has a Spider-Man title and established character, the one that will be joining the Avengers will be a new take on the wall-crawling Super Hero. Other than that, we have no idea on how this new reimaging of Spider-Man is going work, just don’t expect what we received from Insomanics Marvel’s Spider-Man.
Today is one such moment for me because I get to be the first to announce that our own Crystal Dynamics take on Spider-Man is teaming up with Ms. Marvel, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow of Marvel’s Avengers.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man comes to Marvel's Avengers, exclusively on PlayStation. Crystal Dynamics offers early details on its own, unique take on the post-launch Hero: https://t.co/GA3t6Y40KI pic.twitter.com/TEho59XfIc
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 3, 2020
Now, I don’t have to tell you how much I love Spider-Man, as I’ve been a fan of the character ever since I could read a comic book or when Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends first aired on TV. He’s one of the many icons, a positive one at that, that I tried to model my life after (I know that’s kind of crazy now that I think about it).
So this decision, well it has me a bit conflicted. I’m one of those who feel that exclusives are causing a rift in the video game community and you don’t have to look any further than the ridiculous plastic box wars. Yet, at the same time I understand the power of an exclusive title or in this case, exclusive characters. They attract consumers, both positive and negative, and ultimately whoever has the exclusive game or character ends up reaping the benefits. So it’s a no-brainer why PlayStation has locked this character down. I hate to be that guy, but it’s a love it or hate it kind of thing when it comes to stuff like this. Say what you want this but was a smart move.
Marvel’s Avengers releases on September 4th, 2020, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Next-generation versions will also be released for both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but only one will have your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.