With Spider-Man: Homecoming due to release in cinemas next year, many have been wondering whether Spider-Man - announced during Sony's E3 2016 press conference - will tie into the upcoming Marvel flick. The PlayStation 4 exclusive is being developed by Insomniac Games, the team behind Ratchet & Clank, as well as the Resistance series.
We all know by now that movie tie-ins are particularly susceptible to being, well, a bit crap, whether it's due to creative restrictions or tight deadlines. Fortunately, it sounds like Insomniac has the freedom to do just about whatever it pleases with its web-slinging project.
According to Marvel's Bill Rosemann, speaking during a PlayStation livecast at E3, Spider-Man on PS4 will be a standalone venture: "I think we've been inspired by all the different mediums that Marvel has, whether it's film, animation, live-action, comic books, even t-shirts. So we're looking at everything and we're blending it all together." He then clarifies: "It's standalone; all new story, all new world." Sounds like the right idea to us.
Meanwhile, Insomniac's own Bryan Intihar says it's all about "respecting the traditions of the franchise but mixing things up". Intihar then goes on to say that he's "surprised" by the degree of creative freedom that Marvel's allowing. From our perspective, it's clear that the comic and film juggernaut is trying to find the same success that Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham titles have enjoyed. Again, it all sounds very promising.
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