Spider-Man is having a great 2018, with a hit game from Insomniac to a critically acclaimed animated movie smashing the box office. While PlayStation 4’s white-clad hero has had quite the presence outside of his game, his own announced comic book adaptation marks the “first in a series of new stories from the growing Marvel Gamerverse.”
Insomniac’s Spider-Man graced the pages of the recent Spidergeddon crossover comic arc that saw multiple Spider-Men of different universes collide. He even managed to engage readers with his own storyline, learning that these dimensions leave the impossible behind. Keen-eyed movie-goers might also have seen his white-spider Advanced Suit within Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, which gives Miles Morales time in the spotlight.
March 2019: Marvel’s Spider-Man swings into the pages of @Marvel Comics! Written by @HopelessDent, art by @Michele_Bandini, cover by @Clayton_Crain & variants by @timtsang @DavidNakayama @SandovalBox & @Adi_Granov! @insomniacgames @MarvelGames #SpiderMan #SpiderManPS4 pic.twitter.com/EtvNHTozea
— Bill Rosemann (@BillRosemann) December 17, 2018
PS4 Spider-Man’s first solo outing in comic book form is called City of War, initially following the events of Insomniac’s game and its three DLC chapters. Beyond this, Marvel is looking to expand his role in paper format, leading to new content for fans that have already played the game.
Marvel claims that this is a part of the on-going “Gamerverse” efforts, which currently only consists of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Insomniac’s beloved Spider-Man. More are sure to follow, such as the recently announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 and Square Enix’s long-awaited Avengers game made by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. Currently, it isn’t clear which will be considered for the next comic book adaptation.
KitGuru Says: Rosemann should perhaps stick to calling the hero ‘Insomniac's Spider-Man' as ‘Marvel's Spider-Man' really doesn't narrow things down, even when Sony retains the film licence. Transmedia storytelling has always interested me greatly, although I do now worry that it’ll cost me a fortune to keep up to date with PS4 Spider-Man’s antics from now on. Are you interested in seeing Insomniac’s Peter Parker go on more adventures, short of an actual video game sequel?