Sony showed off new gameplay from Insomniac Games’ upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man in a trailer that included one of the biggest cliffhangers of E3 2018. Who showed up at the end of the trailer? Was it a friend or a foe? We have so many questions.
Thankfully, a recent PlayStation blog post has answered at least one of those questions. According to the post, the character who shows up (off-screen) at the end is indeed a villain, and probably the leader of this game’s version of the Sinister Six.
After a breakout at the RAFT, Spider-Man is surrounded by Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, and the previously revealed Mister Negative. The five supervillains give Spidey a good beating before what we now know is the sixth villain shows up, surprising Spider-Man for some reason.
What we don’t know is who this sixth villain is. We know it’s a dude at least, as Mister Negative says that “he said not to kill him,” meaning whoever gave Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, and Vulture their fancy new suits is a man. The fact that Spider-Man seems surprised, and that the villain off-screen seems to be technologically advanced, really only leaves two options that we can think of: Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus.
Green Goblin seems like the most obvious choice. Norman Osborn’s hi-tech suit is based on Oscorp technology, and he’s got the means to bankroll the Sinister Six’s new suits. Plus, it would be surprising if the mayor of New York City is also Spider-Man’s ultimate supervillain.
Another option, however, is Harry Osborn, Norman’s son and Peter Parker’s best friend. It sure would be a shock to Spidey to see his best friend donning his nemesis’ duds, and Harry’s got history as both Green Goblin and Hobgoblin. Why Harry would betray his best friend while Norman still stands, however, is anyone’s guess.
Doc Ock also seems like a decent option. Otto Octavius is a genius inventor and more than capable of creating new suits. Just look at his robot arms. Plus, Spider-Man’s surprise at seeing the off-screen villain seems to be registered immediately. If Green Goblin is wearing a helmet, how would Spider-Man recognize him right away? Doctor Octopus doesn’t wear a mask, and Otto and Peter have been friendly in other forms of media, which would explain Peter’s surprise. Plus, Doc Ock is traditionally the leader of the Sinister Six, though Green Goblin has taken on that role before.
We’ll probably found out more in the coming months, as Marvel’s Spider-Man is launching for PlayStation 4 on September 7th.