13 Sep 2018
#GamingBytes: 5 comics that inspired Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4
The webslinger won our hearts with an excellent storyline, gameplay, and the visuals of New York.
Now that gamers have had a chance to enjoy Spider-Man, they might want to know about the storylines that inspired Insomniac to give us a game we deserve.
Read about them here.
The birth of our friendly neighborhood hero
Amazing Fantasy #15 came out in 1962. It explored Spider-Man's origins.
The masterful comic was made by legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. It is most notable for setting the cornerstone of Spider-Man's ethics.
'With great power comes great responsibility' is a phrase all fans are familiar with.
This mantra drives Spider-Man in the game and first appeared in print, in this comic.
Introducing the rogue's gallery
The Spider-Man game introduces us to the sinister six- a team of Spidey's most cunning villains ganging up against him.
Most of these villains were introduced in what is considered one of the greatest runs in Spider-Man's comics.
The Amazing Spider-Man issues 1 through 38 came around 1963.
Lee and Ditko joined forces again to weave the world of Spider-Man.
What's with all the negativity?
One of the lesser-known villains, who feature in a big way in the game, is Mr. Negative or Martin Li.
Li first appeared in 1996 in Amazing Spider-Man #546. It showed Li's Inner Demons and the F.E.A.S.T. center. Notably, Aunt May works at the center, in the game.
The comic's writer, Dan and editor, Wacker helped Insomniac in making this game.
Bend it like Bendis
One of the most notable parts of the Spider-Man game is the ability to re-imagine familiar characters and give them exciting new situations.
Most notably, Mary Jane is no damsel in distress here. She works at the Daily Bugle and often gets annoyed at Peter's over-protectiveness.
Insomniac took inspiration from Brian Michael's comic Ultimate Spider-Man #1 which came out in 2000.
The masterful pen that holds the game together
Despite getting everything right, if a game does not have a good story, players do not enjoy it.
Marvel's Spider-Man gets this aspect perfect, by weaving elements of action, drama, and humor.
This is all to the credit of Christos Gage and his enormous storytelling talent.
Gage is best known for two of his works 2010's Spider-Man/Fantastic Four #1 and 1991's Amazing Spider-Man #661.