After over a year of waiting, Sony finally gave us a better look at its upcoming (and PS4 exclusive) Spider-Man game. We got to see Spidey swinging around New York City, beating up bad guys, and throwing his lovable (but sometimes questionable) quips. Among all that, however, there was something in particular that got fans screaming with joy: The inclusion of fellow Spider-Man, Miles Morales.
In the trailer's closing moments, two young men check out Mister Negative's helicopter –– which was webbed up by Spidey before it could hit the ground. One of them stays in the scene to take pictures, but his friend tells him:
"Miles, come on."
So, Miles Morales is part of this new chapter in the web-slinger's life. That's quite exciting, and his appearance teases a really cool relationship for the game.
Peter And Miles' Relationship In The Comics Would Be Perfect To Explore In A Video Game
Setting itself apart from pretty much every other modern Spidey adaptation, PS4's #SpiderMan will explore an adult Peter Parker who's a seasoned crimefighter. That makes him a great candidate to get to play the role of mentor, similar to Tony Stark's role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Peter and Miles' relationship is really interesting on the printed page, because it's not your typical mentor/mentee dynamic, something that goes back to the first time they met. Firstly, in the comics, Morales and the "main" #PeterParker initially lived in separate universes and crossed paths through the occasional crossover.
That changed once the Ultimate and 616 Earths converged after the events of Secret Wars. With an adult Parker now living just a few blocks away from him, Miles finally had a full-time ally that went through the same unusual situation he's in, and can teach him how to handle it. Miles looks up to Peter, and he's willing to go to great lengths to prove himself a worthy successor to the original web-head.
The thing is that, while indeed Peter is much more experienced than him, he's... well, still Peter, so he learns from Miles just as much as Miles learns from him. This panel represents that relationship perfectly:
In case you want to delve into their peculiar dynamic, the duo was best explored in the Brian Michael Bendis' 2013 Spider-Men, as well as in the first five issues of All New-All Different Spider-Man.
That's a great relationship to explore in a game. It's worth noting that this game poses an interesting parallel: The latest wall-crawler adaptations we've gotten have been focused on a young Peter Parker, not sure of what to do with his life and figuring out his abilities. This game will give us a break from that, but going by Miles' inclusion, it could also throw Peter right into the mentor role.
Will We Even Get To See A Peter Parker/Miles Morales Friendship Develop In The Game?
Will Miles even get enough time in the spotlight to the point where we can witness his mentor/mentee relationship with Peter? It's hard to judge how far into the game the #E3 clip was. With that said, those last few seconds were ultimately a tease for what the game will be exploring, which tells us it probably takes place early on in the plot.
Going by that indication, Miles will most likely be –– while perhaps not a major part –– an important player in the plot. With that in mind, you're probably wondering what we should expect from him in terms of storylines, superhero destinies and playability. Unfortunately, all of that is up in the air, as we don't know much about the game to make a concrete guess.
With that said, a great thing about Miles' inclusion is that he wouldn't need to be a playable character or become a superhero to be a compelling addition to the story. But we'll have to wait and see what Marvel and Insomniac have planned for us.
What do you think about Miles and Peter's possible mentor/mentee relationship in the game? Let me know in the comments!