Insomniac's Wolverine kicks off a new Marvel Gaming Universe

Insomniac's Wolverine kicks off a new Marvel Gaming Universe
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Tom Chapman

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30th Oct 2023 16:57

The Marvel Gaming Universe is finally here, as Insomniac Games is set to become a comic book powerhouse for Sony. The Ratchet & Clank developer found a whole new fanbase with Marvel's Spider-Man in 2018, continued that success with 2020's Miles Morales, and hit it big again with Spider-Man 2 in 2023. 

It already looks like there are plans for Spider-Man 3 to round off the trilogy, but let's not forget Insomniac is also working on a Wolverine game for the fan-favourite member of the X-Men. We were hyped for the potential of a shared universe, and now, it's confirmed as gospel.

Wolverine takes place in the same universe as Spider-Man

Although there's been little to go on about Wolverine since it was announced in September 2021, we're expecting a very different kind of game from the Spider-Man series. As well as new mechanics other than zipping across the NYC skyline, Wolverine is also targeting an M for Mature rating - hopefully giving us a more brutal outing.

Spider-Man and Wolverine will take place in the same universe, as Creative Director Bryan Intihar explained to Kinda Funny, "They're all 1048. I think I got that right." It gets a little complicated, but think how the main Marvel Cinematic Universe is designated as Earth-616, and Miles Morale's Spider-Verse movie universe is Earth-1610.

We already knew that Insomniac's Spider-Man had its own universe, with Peter Parker and his suit appearing in Across the Spider-Verse. Back in 2018's Spider-Man, there were references to Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Daredevil, sparking hopes we'd see more games from the Marvel Gaming Universe.

Why wasn't Wolverine in Spider-Man 2?

Spider-Man 2 Wolverine suit Insomniac
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Asking the obvious question of why Logan didn't appear in Spider-Man 2 and why there wasn't even so much as a wink to the clawed Canadian, Intihar continued, "There was a decision not to do it. I think for us, we wanted to let that team cook, and who knows what the future holds, but right now let's let them do their thing."

There was something of a reference to Wolverine in Spider-Man 2, with a familiar-looking Wolverine suit honouring his spandex looks from the comics and X-Men: The Animated Series. Excitingly, it sounds like we're at the start of an expanded gaming universe for PlayStation. 

If Wolverine wasn't enough, what about a Fantastic Four game? If you're looking closely at Spider-Man 2, you'll be able to find the Baxter Building, with the FF logo on the roof. If Insomniac is making Wolverine canon with Spider-Man, we're one step closer to getting a gritty Daredevil game from the studio. 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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