With rumours the Avengers have been cut from the PS5's Spider-Man remaster, what's Insomniac Games really up to?
Sony is leaping across the New York City skyline with the release of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a colourful continuation of 2018's first game that put Peter Parker in the Spidey suit. Although the junior Miles Morales is the focus of the latest entry, those who've bought the game's Ultimate Edition will also get a remastered version of the OG Spider-Man.
As we get ready to embrace the PlayStation 5 in all its glory, Miles Morales is one of the biggest launch titles. The remastered Spider-Man is an added bonus and reminds us exactly why we fell in love with Insomniac's world two years ago. However, alongside criticisms that Insomniac has caved to pop culture and made Peter Parker look like a doppelganger of Tom Holland's Marvel Cinematic Universe portrayal, the latest gripe complains developers seemed to have axed the Avengers from the game.
Have the Avengers been cut from Spider-Man's PS5 remaster?
The problem comes from the fact Square Enix's Marvel's Avengers has come out since Spider-Man first swung into action. In Insomniac's game, there's a reference to the Avengers being on the West Coast when you stop by the iconic Avengers Tower landmark. It might seem like a relatively minor Easter egg, but it's also a little confusing considering Marvel's Avengers takes place in San Francisco.
It's important to remember the two games aren't related at all, and although Spider-Man is being added to Square Enix's game as a DLC, it's not the one featured in Insomniac's game. Either way, it proves it wasn't a good idea to release two superhero games in different continuity, so close to each other.
When players hopped back into Spider-Man for the remaster, there were claims Insomniac had cut the West Coast line to further set the two titles apartqu. Things were blown out of proportion when Kinda Funny presenter Greg Miller posted a tweet saying the Avengers line had been cut. Miller said the remaster says, "Avengers Tower, so cool! Too bad they're never around to use it." In the 2018 version, the line continued, "They're on the west coast or something. Probably surfing".
What's really going on?
Although fans quickly jumped on the bandwagon for the idea of a shared Marvel Gaming Universe, Insomniac was on hand to clear up the confusion. In a follow-up Tweet, Miller confirmed he'd been too quick to assume. In an ironic twist, his Peter Parker must've bumped into an NPC, who interrupted the usual script with their own story and cut off the final two lines so it seemed like the West Coast reference was axed.
In Insomniac's world, the Avengers are indeed catching some waves over on the West Coast, but it just isn't the iteration we've seen in Square Enix's game (everyone keeping up?). Coming at it from a logical point of view, it would've made sense for Insomniac to cut the line as a way to distance itself from Marvel's Avengers. If things weren't baffling enough as is, the upcoming Spider-Man DLC for Marvel's Avengers will also be a PlayStation exclusive.
When it comes to Insomniac and a post-Miles Morales arc, rest assured that Earth's Mightiest Heroes are out there somewhere. They're just maybe a little busy to be helping Peter Parker.
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