Finding a good Spider-Man game is no small feat. Every few years or so a new Spider-Man game comes out, and while some are better than others, there’s something about each for fans. Film adaptations like Spiderman 2 to comic adaptations like Ultimate Spider-Man, to original universes like Spider-Man PS4, there truly is a Spidey game for everyone.
The developer of any Spider-Man game is lucky to have decades and decades of amazing comic book material to pull from. So many epic, large-scale comic arcs are just waiting to be adapted and put into the hands of players. Video games have only scratched the surface when it comes to utilizing great pre-existing Spider-Man content.
ten The madness of the clone saga
“The Clone Saga” is a summary of 90s comics. It was a large-scale comic crossover that spanned up to 6 monthly series at any one time, including amazing spider man, Spectacular Spider-Man, Spider-Man web, and more. The books were collectively written by Tom DeFalco, JM DeMatteis, and more, and illustrated by Mark Bagley, John Romita Jr., and more.
What would make this comic book era a great video game is the scope of it all. Spider-Man battles symbiotes, clones, goblins, the jackal and more. The total playtime of the game would easily be 30, or even 40 hours in total. It was a messy time, but it was also fun.
9 Ben Reilly’s time as Spider-Man
Ben Reilly has surprisingly appeared in small media outside of comics. Luckily, fans of the character can enjoy her return in the current “Beyond” arc. We’ve now played video games about Peter and Miles, but Ben Reilly is also another fan-favorite from the Web-Head community.
A video game based on Ben’s time as Scarlet Spider and Spider-Man would be quite entertaining and novel. The story could revolve around Ben trying to find out the truth about his origins and whether he or Peter is the clone. It’s a period of Spider-Man history that, in the right hands, could be well suited for a game.
8 The Mystery of the Hobgoblin
The “Hobgoblin Saga” spanned several years in the 1980s, which began with his first appearance in amazing spider man #238. The character was largely a mystery, and the character’s identity was even a mystery to comic book readers and the creative teams behind the scenes. The series had changed writers, and by this time each writer had a different idea of who the Hobgoblin should be.
A video game adaptation of this saga could be a game that looks completely different from the Spider-Man games of recent times. A more grounded, slow-paced, whodunit approach might lend itself well to a mystery-centric storyline.
seven Spiders all over Spider-Island
Ever wanted to play a co-op Spider-Man game online? “Spider-Island” is, without a doubt, the perfect comic book story arc to fit such a project, and the comic book narrative gives the developers the perfect excuse to introduce multiple Spider -people swaying around Manhattan.
When the Jackal creates millions of spiders, each a duplicate of the one that bit Peter so long ago, the entire population of Manhattan develops spider powers. Translated into a video game format, each player could customize their own character with their own costume and jump into a New York full of other players, all swinging around and battling classic Spider-Man villains and giant mutant spider monsters.
6 Become the best Spider-Man
the Superior Spider-Man The comic book series, written by Dan Slott, may have only lasted 33 issues, but its impact on the life of Peter and Spider-Man fans has left an impression. Superior showed that these books can have consequences for their characters, and these consequences may not be resolved after a few issues.
Doc Ock has inhabited Peter’s body for the perfect amount of time – long enough to cause social destruction in Peter’s life and just long enough for fans to miss Peter’s presence. A video game focused on Superior The Age of Spider-Man might give players the option of playing a slightly meaner Web-Head.
5 Go around the world with Parker Industries
After Peter returned – after Doc Ock took over his body – he discovered that Ock had made a name for himself… instead of Peter… using Peter’s name. The “global” era of Spider-Man saw Peter fill a hybrid role of friendly neighborhood hero and CEO of a major tech company. His position took him all over the world and allowed him to build costumes and gadgets he could never afford on a press photographer’s salary.
New York has always been Spidey’s playground, but there are other cities in the world with friendly buildings. A game story based on “Worldwide” could see players traveling to other major cities around the world in Spidey’s place.
4 Travel to the Spider-Verse
Spiders from all over the multiverse are far from a strange concept for game developers after the huge success that has been Broken dimensions. Spider-Men Amazing, Noir, 2099, and Ultimate have teamed up to collect fragments of a tablet across their own dimensions.
The “Spider-Verse” comic arc, written by Dan Slott, amplifies this concept to 11, featuring hundreds of Spider-people teaming up to defend themselves against universe-hopping spider-vampires. A Video Game Based On “Spider-Verse” Could Follow The Groundwork Laid By Broken dimensions and put players in the shoes of one of hundreds of Spider-people, from May Parker to Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham and more.
3 Even more clones in Clone Conspiracy
During Dan Slott’s “Worldwide” era on amazing spider man, the villain known as Jackal has apparently returned with a new plan to revive all the major and minor characters who were previously killed. He wanted to do this using a new version of the clone that made them as close to their originals as possible.
The Jackal turned out to be Ben Reilly, whose mind had been altered due to brutal experimentation with the original Jackal. A “Clone Conspiracy” game could be filled with content and boss fights as Spider-Man battles every major foe in its nearly 60-year history.
2 Fight allies in the last remnants
Nick Spencer’s Kindred was definitely one of the most terrifying foes Spider-Man has ever faced. They wielded seemingly divine powers, killing Peter and resurrecting him over and over again just to annoy him, and even turning his allies into demonic monsters. The “Last Remains” arc saw Peter virtually isolated from his allies.
A game adaptation of this more recent arc would certainly be dark and most likely draw visual styles from the Arkham series. While most of the story might take place in New York, players would have to travel to Kindred’s lair and possibly even Hell to confront Kindred and Mephisto.
1 An ultimate remake/extension of Spider-Man
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Mark Bagley for nearly all of the 133 issues, the comic Ultimate Spider-Man ran from 2000 to 2009. It allowed Marvel’s creative teams to continue Peter’s original storyline in the mainline Incredible series while rebooting the character in a new book that took place in a new universe.
the Ultimate Spider-Man The video game was released in 2005, just halfway through the comic book run it was based on, and took place after the “Venom” arc. Since the game’s release, the comic has explored its own versions of the clone saga and many more stories. A remake of the game, with expansions to include the rest of the Ultimate comedic race, would be an absolute treat to play.
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