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Spider-Man PS4 Newspaper Teases Iron Man And More Marvel Easter Eggs



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These teases made our Spider-sense tingle.

Marvel’s Spider-Man for PS4 made a showing at E3 2018 with an action-packed trailer featuring what appears to be the Sinister Six and a tease for their mysterious leader, but thanks to a free Daily Bugle newspaper distributed to E3 attendees, there’s now a whole lot more to pore over. Here’s everything we found in our read-through, including Easter eggs for Iron Man, Daredevil, and what we think is the setup for a late-game plot twist.

Before you check out what we found, make sure to watch what was shown at E3:

Warning: it’s impossible to tell which parts of the newspaper are tied to actual in-game events and which are just there for fun, so treat everything below as a potential spoiler!

To read this piece you can either flip through the slideshow below or keep scrolling to read it as an article.

The Avengers

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Eagle-eyed Marvel fans have already spotted Avengers Tower off in the distance in both promotional artwork and in the E3 2018 game demo, but the newspaper features yet another tease for Earth’s mightiest heroes. A “For Sale” ad lists a 19th-century home at 890 5th Avenue, which is the address of that other Avengers headquarters in the comics, Avengers Mansion.

Iron Man

The ad says it’s the home of a “prolific NYC Industrialist,” which is of course everyone’s favorite genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist Tony Stark aka Iron Man. While there’s been no mention of any other Marvel heroes who will show up in Spider-Man’s upcoming video game adventure, it’s clear that Spidey exists in a version of the Marvel Universe where the Avengers are fully formed and therefore anyone from the team could make a cameo. Given how closely movie fans now associate Iron Man with Spider-Man after seeing Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War, it’s not unreasonable to think this game might include that relationship, too.

Daredevil

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An ad for Nelson & Murdock is for the law practice of Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock, the latter of which you know as the costumed vigilante Daredevil. This could just be a fun Easter egg not worth reading into… but reading into things is what we’re here for! Spider-Man and Daredevil have a long history of teaming up in the comics, which is no surprise given how they both patrol New York City and can count Kingpin Wilson Fisk as one of their greatest enemies. They’ve both even had romantic entanglements with the master thief known as the Black Cat.

Black Cat

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Speaking of the Black Cat, the newspaper includes a link to a website that has a digital edition of the Daily Bugle with additional stories, one of which talks about a string of robberies pulled off by a thief who leaves a “calling card” at the scene of the crime. One look at the black cat figurine and it’s obvious these crimes are the work of Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, who is another character closely associated with Spider-Man that just might pop up in the game.

Peter Parker’s New Job?

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An ad for Oscorp Industries looking to recruit assistant lab technicians might seem innocuous at first, but we think it’s hinting at a key plot point in the game. Developer Insomniac Games highlighted the fact that Peter Parker has a new job in this game, and it’s so important to the plot that they won’t reveal what it is. If he’s not snapping pictures for the Daily Bugle, then what else is Peter good at? Well, he’s a science whiz, so it would make sense that he’d work for Oscorp, a company known for making all sorts of tech (tech that, let’s be honest, usually gets turned into weapons for supervillains). It might seem crazy for Peter to willingly work for Oscorp given that Norman Osborn is the freakin’ Green Goblin, but there’s a possibility that he doesn’t know the Green Goblin’s true identity yet or that the Green Goblin has yet to be established in this universe. Also, remember that Norman is running for re-election as mayor in this game, so perhaps Harry runs the company and he gave his best friend Peter a job as an assistant lab tech.

Norman Osborn’s Big Plot Twist

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It looks like later in the game Norman Osborn will make a power play to take over New York City. The newspaper talks about how a big part of his platform as mayor was the promise that he’d made the city safe and secure so that there would be no more need for Spider-Man. With Spider-Man reportedly gone missing in the wake of the Raft breakout, Norman seizes his opportunity to strike, deploying high-tech armed guards in order to “protect” the city. During the demo we played at E3 2018, the streets were mostly crime-free with numerous ordinary citizens going about their day, but we could easily imagine a more militarised version of the city where Spidey can’t swing about freely and must avoid detection from Osborn’s new security team, and he’ll likely need to intervene when they inevitably threaten the freedoms of citizens rather than protect them. This could lead to Spider-Man confronting Osborn face-to-face… and bring about the big reveal of the Green Goblin as the final boss. (Hey, we can dream!)

Miles Morales

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While Peter doesn’t work for the Daily Bugle in this game, it turns out that his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson does. The newspaper features an article with her byline that profiles one Miles Morales, a student at Midtown High School who has a gifted mind when it comes to designing robotics. Specifically, Miles and his team won a recent competition by making a motion-detecting robot. We already know that Spider-Bots will be in the game, so perhaps Miles helps Spider-Man out by creating his tiny helper bots. And who knows, maybe when Spider-Man goes missing, it’s Miles who steps up to fill his shoes, letting the player take control of the black-and-red suited Spider-Man with two new powers, instant camouflage and an electric stunning “Venom Blast.”

Marvel Games Nod

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Finally, we found a sly nod to Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann, whose name was used as the author of a new book called “Millennial Visions.”

What do you make of these Spider-Man Easter eggs found in the E3 newspaper? Are they there for fun or are they teasing what’s to come? Give us your take in the comments.

Spider-Man will be released on PlayStation 4 on September 7.

Preorder Spider-Man in Standard, Deluxe, or Collector’s Editions.

If you’re wondering who that sixth mystery villain is at the end of the trailer, check out our analysis and our top choices for who it could be.

Joshua is Senior Editor of IGN Comics. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.



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