Marvel’s Avengers sees you stepping into the capes, nanotech suits, and ripped pants of assorted members of the Avengers. The game launched with Kamala Khan, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, and Captain America. You can also expect a whole host of other heroes to be added to the game, with developer Crystal Dynamics already adding Kate Bishop and Hawkeye since its launch.
Spider-Man, one of the tent pole heroes from the Marvel franchise and the hero that many people would consider to the consistent face of the brand, will be coming to the game. The bad news for many players is that the web-slinger will only be available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
No exact release date is known for the new hero yet, with Crystal Dynamics initially giving an “early 2021” window. However, with Black Panther confirmed as the third additional hero, after Kate Bishop and Hawkeye, that window for Spider-Man appears unlikely now. Black Panther will arrive “later this year,” with his expansion arriving in “summer and beyond,” according to a Square Enix road map for Marvel’s Avengers.
Crystal Dynamics studio head confirmed to IGN that Spider-Man is still in the works, but he will not arrive before Black Panther. We will likely be waiting until winter of 2021 or early 2022 before we can don the iconic red and blue suit of Spider-Man in the game. We do know, however, that he will be able to zip around the game on his trademark web lines, and is sure to have plenty of abilities that involve his webs and superior strength.
According to associate art director Jeff Adams, we can also expect some surprises. In an earlier blog post on the PlayStation Blog, Adams described how partnering with the Avengers will give Spider-Man access to new technology that will improve his skills. The eventual release of the character will be marked by an in-game event, although it seems likely that whatever this is will only happen on PlayStation.