One of the highlights of Sony’s E3 2018 press conference was the villain-filled trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man. The webbed wonder has always gone up against an iconic cast of baddies, and Insomniac Games is leveraging his gallery of foes to the fullest.
In addition to the incredible trailer, Sony also released a new gameplay video showcasing the game’s boss fight against Shocker. Showing off this many iconic baddies this early shows how Marvel’s Spider-Man is already shaping to be the one of the best videogame versions of our favourite wall-crawler.
If you’re not quite up to date on Spider-Man’s foes, don’t worry! We’re going to go over their comic origins, so you have an idea of what to expect when Spidey swings onto PS4 on the 7th of September.
Maxwell Dillon received electric-based powers after getting struck by lightning, and eventually wound up becoming a villain by the name of Electro. He’s interacted with a wide range of Marvel heroes including Daredevil and the Fantastic Four, but he’s best known for battling it out with Peter Parker over the years. He’s shown viciously shocking Spider-Man during the trailer, and is poised to be quite the threat.
There have been several different incarnations of Rhino over the years, but there’s always one constant: he’s more brawn than brains. No matter if he’s wearing an artificial rhinoceros skin or battle armor, the villain just isn’t very bright. While he has to rely on others for a good plan, Rhino has proven to be dangerous in combat, and can be a powerful part of a team.
While investigating Spider-Man, private investigator Mac Gargan winds up being the test subject for an experiment that leaves him with the abilities of a scorpion. While incredibly powerful, Gargan is being driven insane by the transformation. In the comics, he eventually becomes Venom, although we doubt you’ll be seeing that version of the character in the game.
A businessman turned criminal after experiencing financial difficulties, the Vulture is able to fly thanks to a specially made suit. He’s become one of Spider-Man’s most fearsome foes over the years, as we saw in last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he was played by Michael Keaton.
The alter-ego of philanthropist Martin Li, Mister Negative serves as a terrifying crime boss of New York City. He’s able to use two different energy powers (called lightforce and darkforce) that allow him to corrupt matter, and insert energy into various objects. He’s able to fully manipulate his surroundings, and can even change a man’s personality similar to his own split-persona. Spidey will have his hands full with him.
Herman Schultz is a lifelong criminal that got sick of getting put in prison (who can really blame him?), and decided to build a custom suit. His specialized armor allows for him to send out shock wave attacks. This isn’t only helpful when combating heroes like Spider-Man, but also for opening bank safes.