With Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 still fresh in memory and many gamers still reeling from the showstopper work of intrigue it was, there’s no better time to speculate about the inevitable third sequel than now. Sure enough, Insomniac Games has yet to confirm that they’ll be putting out Marvel’s Spider-Man 3. But, the buzz around the Peter Parker and Miles Morales duo is already through the roof, both in sales and gaming experience. So, it’d be a lost opportunity to not capitalize on the upward trend. Also, despite Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 wrapping up nicely some ongoing story trends, it also rolled credits with still a tad too many loose ends to forego a sequel, heck, a DLC or spin-off series.
Borrowing a leaf off the loose ends to trek in line with the developing team’s thought process while also considering the online chatter about some of the things we wish would feature in Marvel’s Spider-Man 3, we’ve once again taken the developing co-driver seat’s to gesture at Insomniac Games about where they might want to make their next left turn. From villains we’re dying to send into the abyss to possible new heroes to take up the mantle from an overworked Peter Miles, here’s everything we want in Marvel’s Spider-Man 3.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 generously weaved together a standalone story that followed not one but two Spider-Men’s human versus superhero lives. It’s such a compelling idea to compare and contrast two superheroes, possibly dealing with the same struggles to keep their second lives private from the ones they love. But no secret can stay hidden forever. And so Peter Parker wraps up the second sequel by announcing his early retirement from the friendly neighborhood superhero life. Of course, Pete often ends up reprising his role as soon as the next threat to humanity springs up. But what if we have yet another new Spider-Man to take his place?
Just as we wrap up Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Miles Morales is introduced to his mom’s new boyfriend and his daughter, Cindy Moon. That name probably rings a bell because Cindy Moon happens to be the Spider-Hero Silk, also bitten by the same radioactive spider that gave Pete his Spidey superpowers. She has the package deal, i.e., superhuman speed and agility. She can crawl up walls, has perfect balance, and has a spider sense to boot. Plus, she has a unique comic story of her own that’s already making me pumped thinking about a possible new hero in Marvel’s Spider-Man 3 verse, or even a trio, perhaps?
Carnage isn’t anything new to the Spider-Man villain roster, as are the villains already featured in the previous games. We’ve already seen iconic ones like Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman, Venom, Shocker, Kingpin, and Lizard, among others. But Carnage remains on the sidelines, yet to take center stage. But that might change in Marvel’s Spider-Man 3, given the loose end the previous game dished out at us. In fact, Carnage’s appearance in the inevitable third sequel is all but guaranteed after “The Flame” side quest.
Without giving too many spoilers, Peter joins forces with vigilante Wraith to track down a villain who goes by the name Flame. It turns out, though, that Flame is one of the many aliases used by Cletus Kasady, whom you may remember from the comics as the symbiote serial killer Carnage. The side quest wraps up with Cletus getting his hands on a symbiote sample guaranteed to turn him into Carnage, also known as Venom’s offspring. Now, whether Carnage plays the supervillain and antagonist roles remains to be seen, especially after Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 already played the symbiote villain card. But we’d still like to see him as a secondary villain.
As the chameleon animal itself, Chameleon, Kraven's half-brother and master of disguise, remains hidden for most of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Yet, his role as Kraven’s brother sets the stage for some possibly intriguing storylines in the third sequel. He might succeed Kraven the Hunter and even recruit the Kravinoff family on a quest for revenge.
2. Dr. Octopus/The Superior Spider-Man
It’s true that Dr. Octopus has already been dealt with in the first game. But the Spider-Man series has a knack for recycling villains, and we’re here for all of it. That, and the fact that Dr. Octopus may have an interesting story arc to pick up in the third sequel. In the ending of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, we see Norman Osborn pay a visit to Otto Octavius in prison. Osborn already has a bone to pick with Spider-Man and is possibly looking to team up with Dr. Octopus to take him down. Osborn is dying to know Spider-Man’s identity. He asks Octavius what he’s writing in his notebook, to which Octavius responds that it’s “The Final Chapter.”
Remember the Superior Spider-Man Marvel Comics series, where Dr. Octopus assumes control of Peter's consciousness? The doctor goes on to masquerade as the superhero, which doesn’t stick too long, thanks to his more brutal self. It could be an exciting story arc to follow, though again, Peter has already played the Venom card in the second game.
1. Green Goblin
Amid various speculations, the resurgence of the Green Goblin has generated the most substantial excitement, and we're fully embracing it. It undoubtedly completes the unholy trinity perfectly—Dr. Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, and the Green Goblin—bringing the storyline to a compelling close. However, what remains unclear is the true identity of the Green Goblin. In the concluding scenes, young Harry Osborn is left in a coma after the removal of the symbiote from his body. Norman Osborn, his father, pays a visit to his son at the hospital and instructs someone to “prepare the G-Serum.”
It's unclear whether he intends to inject the serum into his son in an effort to resurrect him as the Green Goblin or if he intends to inject himself in the quest for revenge. Regardless of the direction taken, the emergence of the Green Goblin will be a fantastic way to wrap up the series. We certainly can’t wait to see it unfold.