Just days after Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics confirmed that Hawkeye was coming to Marvel’s Avengers as a DLC character, we now know that Spider-Man will also be joining the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in early 2021 as an exclusive character for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. PlayStation players will get the Spider-Man DLC at no additional cost.
In a new post on the PlayStation blog, Crystal Dynamics associate art director Jeff Adams explained that Avengers‘ Spidey isn’t the friendly neighborhood webslinger you met in Insomniac’s critically-acclaimed action-adventure game from 2018 but the studio’s own take on the character.
“To make sure this team up goes smoothly, Vince Napoli, our Lead Combat Designer, is hard at work making Spider-Man just as great on the sticks as he is on the page,” Adams said of adding the character to the game. “This means making sure our hero moves and fights like he should, no matter which one of our War Zones he finds himself in. When he’s arcing through the air on his web line, we want you to feel graceful and light, and be able to utilize a variety of web configurations and gadgets to enhance your traversal. Spider-Man’s impressive acrobatic abilities will complement the experience, allowing you to seamlessly transition from navigation to combat.”
Adams promised that Spider-Man will be able to enjoy all of the same customization as the game’s core team, which includes Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Ms. Marvel. Hank Pym (aka Ant-Man) is also in the game but not as a playable character as far as we know.
“When Spider-Man takes on evil-doers, he’ll do so fluidly with his signature flair; but also, with the enhanced customization options we’ve created for Marvel’s Avengers. Just like our other heroes, you’ll get to use the unique skill trees Vince and his team have designed to specialize how your Spider-Man plays in our world,” Adams continued. “An impressive suite of iconic abilities and attacks will be at your disposal, and you get to decide which gadgets and skills you wish to upgrade. These enhancements will be necessary for him to take on the threats coming his way.”
While Crystal Dynamics stopped short of unveiling Spider-Man’s suit for the game, Adams did tease that it’ll be very much in line with the character’s roots.
“When going through the process of conceptualizing his suit, we went back to the beginning,” Adams explained. “Steve Ditko set the standard with his Spider-Man design, and John Romita Sr. evolved it into an icon recognized the world over. Fans can expect to see Ditko and Romita’s influence in our take on the hero, with nods to other talented artists that have defined the character’s look over his long history.”
Adams also teased that Spider-Man will roll out with a special in-game event “that will introduce him to the wider world of Marvel’s Avengers.” Fans can expect “a series of unique challenges for the hero to take on, testing his abilities, and yielding some exciting results.”
Marvel’s Avengers is out on Sept. 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. The game will be out on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 later this year.