Say what you want about Spider-Man fans, they ain't slow.
As of this writing, the second Insomniac Spider-Man game has been available for, what, sixteen hours? And yet, there's already not just a breakout star but, according to the game's developers, the potential for a spinfoff.
The idea came up in a recent discussion that senior narrative director Jon Paquette was having with Insider. Though the game's leads are Spider-Men Miles Morales and Peter Parker, the conversation was centered on one of its bug bads; the symbiote, anti-hero, and deeply beloved Venom. Though the character is known in mainstream culture for being played by Tom Hardy, another more terrifying voice is behind this iteration: none other than Tony Todd, who famoulsy played Clive Barker's Candyman.
"So, we brought Tony in," said Paquette, "and he submitted a few lines for kind of an audition. And it was like, 'Oh, my gosh, this is the exact vibe that we're going for [...] He fits it perfectly."
But is he perfect enough for the devleopers to start work on a spinoff? According to Paquette, that's not exactly up to them.
"We're focused on Spider-Man 2," the director clarified, after being asked about a potential spinoff, "and what we're gonna do is we're gonna wait to see how the fans react [...] We're gonna listen to the fans and we're gonna ask ourselves, 'Okay, what do the fans really want?'"
Go online and you'll see exactly what fans want. Even before the game came out, Venom fans were excited to get a Playstation-exclusive statue of the character, billed as "19 inches of Venom" on Playstation's social media, which we presume switched management shortly thereafter. Besides this, videos have already gone up of gamers excitedly taking on the role of Venom, since he's playable in this game. No need to wait for an answer, folks: the world wants a Venom game.
But if there's one other thing that Paquette made clear, it's that the question of a spinoff is very much for another day.
"We'll kind of talk about stuff after we've all had time to sleep and take vacations," he said.
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