One of the neat things that PlayStation’s been doing to advertise Insomniac Games’ upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man is putting out issues of the Daily Bugle, the fictional newspaper where, in the majority of Spider-Man media, Peter Parker works as a photojournalist. Best of all, each issue contains either teasers for what we can expect from the highly anticipated superhero game, like the inclusion of Spider-Man’s on-again, off-again burglarizing love interest Black Cat, or at least fun little Easter eggs for Spider-Man fans.
PlayStation has just published the latest “issue” of the Daily Bugle on its blog, and it teases a new villain (or at least enemy type), the appearance of a familiar face, and our first glimpse at Spider-Man’s classic suit.
The first bit could hint at one of the game’s main plots and the possible appearance of a semi-major Spider-Man villain. Grave Dust is a new “street drug” that is part of the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe “whose effects supposedly alter users’ appearances,” including that their “skin flushes gray and hardens, quite literally as if they’ve turned to stone,” while also inducing episodes of rage and violence.
As IGN points out, this definitely sounds like a take on Tombstone, a neighborhood gangster who was transformed into a hardened (literally) supervillain in a scientific accident, especially considering the apparent biker in the included photo is wearing a patch with a “T” on it and shares an uncanny resemblance to Tombstone. Heck, the drug is even called Grave Dust. Our guess is that Tombstone is manufacturing this drug and putting it on the streets, creating a new, tougher enemy type with whom Spidey will occasionally duke it out.
The blog post also gives us our another look at the game’s version of Aunt May, who works with Martin Li (aka Mister Negative) at Li’s first F.E.A.S.T. shelter in New York. It’s unclear exactly what type of role May will play in the game’s story, though we do know that you’ll take control of Parker (not Spider-Man, but Parker) during the game.
An ad for Crusher Hogan is included at the end of the issue as well. Anyone who knows Spider-Man knows that Crusher was the wrestler that Peter Parker took down the night his Uncle Ben died. However, Insomniac has previously stated that Uncle Ben’s death won’t happen in this game, so that seems like more of a nod to fans than anything else. The blog post also includes mentions of investigation into Wilson Fisk’s evildoing as Kingpin as well as corruption at the RAFT prison facility. Considering that past E3 trailers have shown Fisk behind bars and several members of Spidey’s rogue’s gallery breaking out of RAFT, it should seem pretty obvious how those two stories shake out.
The tweet announcing the article also gave us our first look at Spider-Man’s classic suit. Insomniac previously revealed that wearing the classic suit will provide a damage boost to Spider-Man’s attacks. However, since Parker built the advanced suit to give him better protection, we’re wondering if wearing the classic suit doesn’t also make Spider-Man more vulnerable.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 18, 2018
Marvel’s Spider-Man launches September 7th for PlayStation 4.