Looks like we’re going to be seeing a few different neighborhood Spider-Men — and not all of them are as friendly as our red-and-blue-costumed hero — in “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions,” seen here in this trailer on our homepage.
The game, written by Amazing Spider-Man Webhead Dan Slott, will feature four different universes, each with their own style of gameplay. I don’t know about you guys, but seeing Spider-Man AND Spider-Man Noir has gotten my brain a-turning. Which other universes could possibly be in store? Let’s speculate on any of the many, many alternate Spideys we might see:
Spider-Man 2099: Talk about a blast from the past — or the future! Miguel O’Hara has gotten a lot of video game action in recent years, serving as an unlockable character in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Super Hero Squad. An arrogant geneticist forced to tweak with his own cellular structure by the megacorporation Alchemax, Spider-Man 2099 was a darker version of the mythos with the powers of gliding and organic webbing.
Marvel 1602: Could we be returning to England? With great power comes great kidney pie, as Peter Parquagh was originally Sir Nicholas Fury’s assistant in the original Neil Gaiman 1602. Originally a bit of a running joke — he kept coming tantalizingly close to being bitten by weird spiders throughout the series — he eventually became a hero in his own right by the end of the book, showcasing as “The Spider” in a recent Jeff Parker spin-off series. If Noir has a shot at this, I would wager that 1602 is next in line.
MC2: If Spider-Girl somehow made it into a Marvel video game, I’m pretty sure more than a few fans would go into shock. In this universe, May Parker — daughter of a retired Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson — is a typical high school student who moonlights as Spider-Girl! Seeing the expanded Marvel “legacy” world would certainly be a draw for this character, and getting a female character in the game would certainly help draw in players!
Marvel Zombies Spider-Man: They couldn’t… could they? In this universe, a plague-infected Sentry zombified most of the heroes of the Marvel Universe, Spider-Man included. Let’s just say that Aunt May and Mary Jane did not fare too well. By the end of the original series, he and “heroes” such as Iron Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage and the Hulk succeeded in eating Galactus and the Silver Surfer, causing their virulence to travel the galaxy. But seriously, how weird would it be to stick a zombie game in the middle of a Spidey adventure? Weird… and awesome.
What say you, Rama readers? Any universes we might have missed? Who’d you like to see team up with our friendly neighborhood webslinger?