Marvel’s Avengers Will Die With Spider-Man Stuck On PlayStation

Late last week, Square Enix announced that its beleaguered 2020 live-service game, Marvel’s Avengers, will no longer receive new content or major updates after March 31. And all official support for the game will end on September 30, 2023, with digital sales ending on that date too. While you’ll still be able to play it offline and online with friends after these dates, it’s effectively game over for the troubled online action game. Yet, even in death, developer Crystal Dynamics just confirmed that the character of Spider-Man will remain exclusive to the PS4 and PS5 versions.

This saga began when, shortly ahead of the release of Marvel’s Avengers, Crystal Dynamics announced that Spider-Man would be added to the game at a later date. However, the famous web-slinger would not be coming to the Xbox or PC versions. Instead, only PS4 (and later PS5) players would have access to the character. It took longer than expected, but eventually, in November 2021 Spider-Man popped up in the PlayStation versions. At the time fans theorized that it was because Spider-Man was owned by Sony and therefore Spidey was only on PlayStation. (That isn’t the case, as Sony merely owns film rights to the character.) But since then, the famous superhero has appeared in Midnight Suns across all platforms. So it’s not like Spider-Man can only exist on PlayStation consoles.

And yet, Crystal Dynamics confirmed in a blog post on January 20 that Spider-Man will still not be coming to Xbox or PC. What a shame! Even as the failed live-service game dies, none of Spidey’s corporate overlords can agree to let him swing free across all platforms for the few Avengers players out there still enjoying the game.

Marvel / PlayStation

Kotaku contacted Marvel, PlayStation, Square Enix, Embracer Group, and Crystal Dynamics for comment, but didn’t hear back before publication.

I already know people in the comments or quote retweets will claim Sony completely owns Spider-Man (it doesn’t) or that Sony can’t legally allow the character to appear on other platforms (it can). Yet he’s in Midnight Suns, a game released on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. He’s in mobile games released across iOS, Android, and PC, too.

So it’s totally doable to have Spidey show up on other consoles if the people pulling the strings, cutting the deals, and making the contracts can agree to it. But apparently nobody cares enough about Avengers and its community to muster one last gesture of goodwill for players and let the web-slingin’ hero show up on Xbox and PC. If you want to play the complete version of the game after support ends in September, it seems you’ll have to own a PlayStation. Say it with me once again: Console-exclusive DLC sucks.


Sick Fortnite Map Is Like Spider-Man Meets Star Wars

Another day, another wild showcase of talent in the new Unreal Editor for Fortnite. This latest one, titled “Cyber Rush,” is by a creator called CooliSushi and combines moody cyberpunk visuals and energetic electronic music with a speedy aerial highway action montage that easily brings to mind the opening of Star Wars: Episode II or the chase sequence from the Mass Effect 2 DLC, Lair of the Shadow Broker.

Since its reveal last month, Fortnite’s “Creative 2.0” era has been off to a remarkable start. Back in December Fortnite upgraded to Unreal Engine 5.1, and the new editor harnesses its strengths and versatility to let creators go to town with the fancy new tech. They’ve already released some very impressive maps and mini-games, which are easily shared via simple 12-digit codes you can enter in Fortnite. One of the latest must-play experiences features some fancy grappling action in a fast-paced, cyberpunk highway.

Creator CooliSushi revealed their sick new map, Cyber Rush, in a tweet a few days ago, and it quickly gained attention with its visuals, gameplay, and soundtrack.

The lush lights spilling out from speeding vehicles and highrise buildings provide a beautiful, dynamic environment for high-stakes grappling action and some quick shootouts, so this is definitely one you’ll want to try—and flip ray tracing on if you have the horsepower. You can download Cyber Rush with map code 6124-8356-0703.

How to download and play Cyber Rush in Fortnite

If you haven’t downloaded a creative map in Fortnite before, it’s fairly straightforward. Make sure you have the map code handy (you can copy and paste it easily on PC), and launch Fortnite. Select the game type on the right-hand side of the screen (you can just hit X on an Xbox controller, or Square on PlayStation).

Watch: These Great Fortnite Creative Maps Show Us What’s Possible 

Head on over to the Island Code tab and enter in the code you copied. Provided the code’s correct, you’ll then be able to download and jump into the map.

Cyber Rush is a fun and pretty-looking jam to play through, but you’ll want to be careful not to try and grapple off any buildings, as per the game’s tips. I also found that aiming-down-sights can reduce your peripheral vision in a way that might interrupt the fun a bit and cause you to fall to your death more often. Try to stick to the center areas of the highways, and plan to jump high. There’s no grapple prompt, so you’ll want to try and get as close as possible to the vehicle you’re trying to grapple off of to ensure a successful swing.

We’re not even a full month into the Unreal Editor for Fortnite’s life and maps like Cyber Rush are showing just how exciting this tool can be. Keep it coming.

PlayStation Plus Will Cut Spider-Man, One Of Its Biggest Games

It’s a new month, which means Sony’s adding another crop of games to its PlayStation Plus vault for Extra and Premium subscribers. There are some good additions here, including Dishonored and Doom Eternal. But, as the saying goes, out with the old and in with the new: Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man is poised to get dropped from the PS Plus Game Catalog in May.

Read More: Playstation Plus Has A Couple Of Hidden Gems For April

PlayStation Plus is Sony’s subscription service that gives you access to a plethora of games for a monthly fee. With three different tiers—Essential for $10, Extra for $15, and Premium for $18—you can play an assortment of new and old first- and third-party games, from God of War to Ghostwire: Tokyo. The list is vast, with a new set of games getting added every month.

Separate from its monthly base PS Plus offerings, Sony announced April’s additions to its vast Game Catalog on the PlayStation Blog, which features the aforementioned Dishonored and Doom Eternal, alongside the emotional action-adventure game Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the extreme sports multiplayer sim Riders Republic, and the FPS Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus. Tucked away in the post, though, was some fine print about the games leaving the PS Plus Game Catalog next month, and Marvel’s Spider-Man is one of them.

First-party titles won’t be in PS Plus Game Catalog forever 

Sony said the removal of Marvel’s Spider-Man, alongside NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 and Resident Evil in May, is “part of our normal content refresh” before detailing how players can keep track of what games will leave the service.

“Members with Game Catalog benefits can still play by May 15. You can always check the ‘Last chance to play section’ on the PlayStation Plus -> Collections page on the PS5 console, or PlayStation Plus -> Games -> Games Catalog on the PS4 console for titles you might want to play before they leave the service.”

For clarification: Base-level PS Plus members only ever get access to the monthly featured games, whereas those who pay for any of the other tiers get access to PlayStation’s Game Catalog, which features up to 400 titles. If you have Game Catalog benefits, you can enjoy Marvel’s Spider-Man and the other games leaving the monthly PS Plus offering until May 15.

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But once May 15 rolls around, the aforementioned games will be removed from the subscription service and you lose access even if you’ve downloaded them. If you want to continue playing, you’ll have to purchase the game directly from the PlayStation Store. This practice of removing popular first-party titles doesn’t bode well for PlayStation fans curious about what the company’s getting up to, especially when compared to Xbox Game Pass, which tends to add and keep first-party games in its vault in perpetuity like Halo Infinite, Minecraft, and top Bethesda titles.

Kotaku reached out to Sony for comment.

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It’s no secret that Sony is averse to adding first-party games to the PS Plus Game Catalog, with CEO Jim Ryan saying in March 2022 that doing so would diminish the quality of PlayStation’s marquee titles. Meanwhile, Xbox has admitted that Game Pass causes the company to lose money. So, maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised to see Sony eventually pull its first-party games from its subscription service as well, despite how much of a bummer that is. At any rate, if you’re curious about what else is available this month, April’s full PS Plus list is below:

PS Plus Extra and Premium (Game Catalog):

  • Bassmaster Fishing
  • Doom Eternal
  • The Evil Within
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Paradise Killer
  • Riders Republic
  • Sackboy: A Big Adventure
  • Slay the Spire
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

PlayStation Premium (Classics):

  • Doom
  • Doom II
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 64
  • Dishonored: Definitive Edition


Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Prequel Comic Brings New Villain To Games

A Marvel's Spider-Man 2 screenshot show's Peter swinging down a street with his iron spider legs.

Screenshot: Insomniac Games

PSA to all my fellow true believers and web-heads around the world: the hotly-anticipated Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is getting a prequel comic on May 6, also known as Free Comic Book Day.

On Wednesday, PlayStation and Insomniac Games each announced the comic book tie-in for the blockbuster video game sequel on their respective Twitter accounts. According to the official PlayStation blog, the “Gamerverse” comic book issue will pit Peter Parker, Miles Morales, and Mary Jane Watson against a supernatural new foe, The Hood. Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man 2 prequel comic was written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Ig Guara.

The Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Gamerverse comic will focus on how Peter, Miles, and MJ are doing following the events of both Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Fingers crossed that the comic addresses the Tom Holland-ification of Peter’s face in the PlayStation 5 remaster.

Read More: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Teases Miles And More Importantly, Venom


This isn’t the first time that Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games version) has had a comic book tie-in. In 2019, Marvel released Marvel’s Spider-Man: City at War, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Velocity, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes. City at War fleshed out how Spider-Man and the New York Police Department took down Wilson Fisk at the start of the Sony video game. Velocity focused on how Peter acquired his nifty velocity suit. The Black Cat Strikes centered on the Jerry Springer-esque baby-daddy fiasco that was Peter and the Black Cat’s shocking in-game entanglement. I only read the last comic because I’m a sicko-brained Felicia Hardy enjoyer who appreciates some SpiderCat content no matter how messy it gets.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is slated to release later this fall on PlayStation 5.

Spider-Man Remastered On PS5 Is Finally Being Sold Stand-Alone

Spider-Man swings through Time Square.

Image: Insomniac Games / Sony

Years after its initial release, you can finally buy Spider-Man Remastered on PS5 all by its lonesome. It’s a bit late, but still arrives just in time for anyone who wants to catch up before Spider-Man 2 arrives later this year.

The web-crawling action platformer was previously locked behind the Ultimate Edition of Spider-Man: Miles Morales as a bonus. Much to everyone’s frustration and confusion, there was no way for PS5 owners to simply upgrade from the PS4 version of Spider-Man without buying an entirely new game. It was a very video game thing to do.

This week, Sony announced over on the PlayStation Blog that the 2020 remaster would arrive as a standalone game on the store for PS5 players. First-time buyers can get it for $50 while those who already own the game on PS4 can upgrade for $10. Save data carries over as well.

Read More: Is Spider-Man: Miles Morales Better Than 2018’s Spider-Man?

Though the remaster comes with a host of visual improvements, the biggest change was retconning Peter Parker’s face to make him look more like the Hollywood star who plays him in the current Marvel movies, Tom Holland. The other main bonuses are a dynamic 4K at 60fps mode and super fast load times thanks to the PS5’s SSD drive. And of course it comes with the three story DLCs from the original game which are nice but not essential.

I actually think Miles Morales, though a slightly smaller game, is the better one overall. It gets a reprieve from the usual superhero origin requirements and parade of Spider-Man cameos to focus on a smaller, more personal tale about negotiating between new ideals and old loyalties. Its depiction of New York’s Harlem neighborhood also has more texture and warmth than the original game.

All of which is to say that if you’re completely behind on PlayStation’s Spider-Verse, you’d do well to just grab both through the Miles Morales Ultimate Edition and catch up on the whole thing. Spider-Man 2 doesn’t have a release date yet, but early reports are that it’s likely to arrive around September.


Burger King Is Rolling Out A Spider-Man Whopper Collab

A red Whopper next to a Miles Morales soda cup.

Photo: Burger King

Burger King has revealed a menu item based on the upcoming animated movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and it’s a spider-suit hamburger. The Spider-Man Whopper is based on the film’s lead Miles Morales, but it’s a weird choice because his suit isn’t predominantly red like the Whopper bun is.

For the next few weeks, you can get a Whopper sandwich with a bright red bun and black sesame seeds. All the other sandwich ingredients will remain the same, so you don’t have to get too adventurous to experience this (hopefully) very Instagrammable Whopper.

I have to give whoever came up with this idea some credit. They could have taken the easy way out and simply printed some Spider-Verse art onto the burger box, which would have been the far less risky option. Instead, a Burger King genius bet that the average American would want to put a bright red hamburger into their mouth.

There’s a likely reason why this burger isn’t black like Miles’ suit. The last time Burger King put out a black bun, it caused customers to shit green. Here’s why: food coloring isn’t always completely absorbed in your gut, and darker colors such as black are blended from multiple dye colors. It’s perfectly safe, but the green poop freaked a few people out. The burger chain probably didn’t want a repeat experience.

And you know what? I’m one of those sickos. I am going to buy this burger on the sheer curiosity of whether or not that bun tastes like anything. Realistically, the bun has just been dyed with red food coloring. But what if it actually tastes like ripoff hot Cheetos or tomatoes? I can’t just go my entire life without knowing for sure. So I’ll do it for science.

2023 is a flush year for Spider-Man fans. Across the Spider-Verse may be the most anticipated animated film this year. The first movie was an absolute pleasure to watch, and its willingness to experiment with visual styles was a relief from overly formulaic MCU films. The sequel (which is due next month) will be one of the longest animated films of all time. Sony’s gaming division is also planning to release Spider Man 2 for the PlayStation 5 later this year.

The Whopper will be available from May 15 to June 21. Across the Spider-Verse will be playing in movie theaters on June 2.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Gets Splashy PS5 Trailer With Kraven

Developer Insomniac Games came through the PlayStation Showcase on May 24 with a new trailer for the web-slinging PS5 exclusive, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Before the new trailer shows any spider-men slinging webs, it opens on a scene of villain Kraven the Hunter deciding he wants to head to New York City to hunt down our pair of heroes.


The new footage shows gameplay of both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, with the player switching between both characters to handle a situation on two different sides of NYC. Peter is seen wearing the Symbiote Suit and using new abilities courtesy of the space parasite growing on him. Miles, meanwhile, has some cool new tech like creating wires to walk across a platform to stay in stealth. While the swinging webs and fists still look pretty great, the trailer does escalate into an Uncharted-style set piece as Miles is dragged across New York by a drone.

Anyone who’s seen the Symbiote Spidey arcs in the comics and movies will recognize Peter’s angsty behavior as a sign of the Symbiote’s influence on him, so it will be interesting to see how it handles this storyline in the sequel when it launches this fall for PS5.


A single-player-only affair, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 picks up not long after the events of the first two games: Marvel’s Spider-Man and the Miles Morales spin-off. This time around, the twin spiders are battling the iconic supervillain Venom in what Marvel Entertainment’s creative vice president Bill Rosemann said is a “darker” narrative than what was told in the previous installments. That makes sense, considering the parasitic Symbiote, in all its devilishly possessive glory, is slated to make an appearance in the sequel to take control of a hapless dude.

Read More: The Next Spider-Man Game Will Be Darker, Like Empire Strikes Back

Insomniac Games’ open-world webhead adventure isn’t the only piece of Spider-Man media that’s dropping this year. A prequel comic book to the upcoming game, simply titled Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 by Gamerverse, came out on May 6 and introduced a new superfoe named The Hood for our Neighborhood Spideys to beat the brakes off of. There’s also the sequel to 2018’s excellent animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, hitting theaters on June 2. If you’re a Fortnite player and Miles Morales stan, then you can get Across the Spider-Verse-themed items from the battle royale shooter’s in-game shop right now. Also, if you haven’t actually played Marvel’s Spider-Man, I highly recommend you do, especially since you can buy the remaster as a standalone game now.

Read More: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Prequel Comic Pulls New Villain Into The ‘Gamerverse’

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 launches later this fall as a PlayStation 5 exclusive.


The PS5’s Spider-Man 2 Game Has A Silly Puddlegate Controversy

On May 24, PlayStation held its first large-scale showcase since 2021. While it had some cool games, it was lacking the big and wild exclusives the company has historically put out. However, most would agree that the finale—a large gameplay preview of the upcoming, PS5-exclusive Spider-Man 2—was an impressive end for the show. Well, unless you ask some eagle-eyed gamers who have decided to focus on the game’s water.

This has happened before. Ahead of the release of Insomniac’s first Spider-Man open-world action game in 2018 for PS4, the studio, naturally, showed off early gameplay and cinematic trailers to feed the hype beast. At some point during the pre-release hype cycle, people noticed that a certain area in a construction site was missing some puddles.

This quickly exploded into a full-on controversy—dubbed Puddlegate—with some claiming the devs had downgraded the game or that the puddles were removed due to laziness. Eventually, Insomniac explained that it was likely just an example of how open-world games—with dynamic times of day and weather—can look different in various screenshots of the same space.

Now it’s 2023 and Insomniac’s next Spider-Man game features at least one major battle over the yucky waters of New York City, and because nothing ever changes, people are mad about the water all over again. It’s time for “Puddlegate 2.0.”

Insomniac / PlayStation / Marvel

In the new Spider-Man 2 gameplay shown during the Playstation Showcase we see Miles and Peter web-slinging above and around NYC’s East River. After the trailer debuted, however, people started pointing out “issues” with the water. Some said the splashes look bad. Others had complaints about how the water just looks “rough” or lacks reflections. Still more gamers started to zoom in on far-away details to point out problems that they suggest make the game look like a PS3 title. A screenshot—taken from a 1080p stream of the game on someone’s phone—has been shared around as an example of how “unfinished” the game is.

Some gamers are worried about the water reflections in Spider-Man 2

On Friday, Digital Foundry’s John Linneman tweeted that the demonstration shown on March 24 “looked pretty good, right?” and pointed out that the game had improved ray tracing and other visual features. Within minutes of tweeting this, however, a cadre of gamers replied that the man who has spent years analyzing video game graphics and visuals was, actually, very wrong. In fact, Spider-Man 2—a game still in development—is ugly and its water is horrible. 

At one point, Linneman shared a screenshot of the game’s diffused reflections on choppy waters and compared it to a real-world photo of reflections on choppy waters outside New York City. And then, hilariously, a person replied: “The one on the right looks rough.” The one on the right was the real photo. Apparently, the water in real life is pretty bad, too, huh?

Before anyone assumes otherwise, I believe folks should be free to criticize games, movies, etc. And I also think it’s fair to judge trailers and pre-release footage of games released by the people asking you to pre-order them based solely on this kind of stuff.

However, we also need to keep in mind that pre-release footage of games is not the final product and that a highly compressed 1080p stream on your phone is not fully representative of what the actual game will look like on your own TV. Likewise, taking a single frame of a game and using that as a weapon online is silly and not very useful.

It’s also shitty to start suggesting game developers are lazy or rushing something out simply because you spotted a (possibly) low-res texture or particle effect in a piece of pre-release footage. If you wonder why so many game developers are nervous to share early looks at games, well, this is the kind of behavior that likely makes many devs pause before showing pre-release content. Thankfully, I will note that I saw plenty of comments from folks pointing out how silly these complaints were getting and that insulting the devs wasn’t right.

Really, everybody just needs to relax, put away the microscopes and go outside. Maybe jump in a real puddle. Enjoy your life. I promise it’s a better use of your time.

Spider-Man 2 PS5 Will Be Darker Than The Tobey Maguire Movie

The developers of the upcoming PlayStation 5 sequel Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 say that the game will try to strike a balance between humor and heart while respectfully depicting the darker tones of Peter Parker when he is using his Venom symbiote suit.

During Sony’s hour-long PlayStation Showcase last week, we saw over 12 minutes of new gameplay footage of Peter Parker and Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to close out the show. The upcoming PlayStation 5-exclusive action game looked to be going for a similar mix of web-slinging traversal, kinetic fight scenes, and palatable humor as its predecessor, but with the added bonus of Parker being pretty aggressive while wearing his new Venom symbiote suit.

Read More: Spider-Man 2 PS5 Gameplay Shows Kraven Villain, Symbiote Suit

Peter’s internal battle with Venom will be like battling an addiction

While one side of the internet churned out memes comparing the edginess of the Spider-Man 2 game’s Parker to Tobey Maguire’s “Bully Macguire” performance in 2007’s Spider-Man 3 movie (which was a camp masterpiece), another group of fans was in awe of Peter Parker voice actor Yuri Lowenthal’s Sasuke Uchiha-esque performance as a newly jaded web-head under the Venom symbiote’s alien influence.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Spider-Man 2 creative director Bryan Intihar revealed that Parker’s internal battle with the black parasitic space goop that’s making him so aggro in the game will be akin to a person battling addiction. Unlike the more camp depiction of director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 Venom, Intihar said Peter getting bonded to the symbiote suit is “not something we want to make fun of.”

“The theme of addiction is prevalent, especially because of the symbiote. We did a lot of research, not only on previous stories with the symbiote, but also just looking at when [Peter] is bonded, what can that feel like? Not to go into too many things about how it plays in the narrative, but we want to treat it very seriously,” Intihar said. “So, it’s about really playing into those themes of addiction, how that can impact someone’s personality, impact the people around them, and you’re going to see that it’s not just how it’s impacting Peter on his own, but also those close to him. You’re going to see that play out throughout the game.”

Read More: Oh No, The PS5’s Spider-Man 2 Game Has A Silly ‘Puddlegate’ Controversy

Insomniac Games

Miles Morales will give Spider-Man 2 players a symbiote-angst break

While in the PlayStation Showcase footage it is definitely jarring to see Lowenthal’s Parker go from wise-cracking about being New York’s “Spider-Cop” and meekly goading the stoic Silver Sable into giving him a high five to dumping rescued civilians to the ground and doing whatever this is to Kraven’s goons, Intihar and game director Ryan Smith told Eurogamer that Spider-Man 2 won’t be entirely about Peter being an asshole because playing as Miles Morales will offset the game’s darker moments with a bit of levity.

“I think you saw that in the gameplay reveal,” Smith said. “We have the moments with Ganke and Miles and the Falcon that he’s trailing behind—the Talon drone—and then at the very end, you get that line about Peter changing and Miles saying, ‘You know, he’s never like that,’ right? So we have those human elements, both on the serious side of where we see the symbiote affecting Peter, but also on the lighter-hearted side.”

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been pretty hit or miss with serious scenes, with a tendency for humor to abruptly rob them of their weight. Time will tell whether or not Spider-Man 2 will succeed in balancing its heart and humor with its darker moments, but Intihar is confident that the game landed on the right ratio of wit and drama.

“What we’ve talked a lot about is—whether it was Marvel’s Spider-Man or Miles Morales—our games are all about still having heart and humor,” Intihar said. “It’s really finding that balance between those darker themes and characters, but also delivering that very human story where there’s a lot of heart and humor… I think that’s what was tricky. But I do think we found that nice balance at the end of the day.”

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 launches later this fall.


Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse Is Hard To Hear, Viewers Say

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse came out on June 2 to rave reviews and a box office weekend that trailed only The Super Mario Bros. Movie to become the second-largest of 2023 so far. There’s only one thing holding the movie back apparently: people can’t hear what the hell characters are saying sometimes.

Across the Spider-Verse sports an all-star soundtrack with guest appearances by James Blake, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, 2 Chainz, and many more. And as an animated superhero movie, it’s full of wild sound effects, frenetic action scenes, and an original score that pusles through almost every scene. Unfortunately, it seems like the sound mixing for the movie is washing out the actual dialogue in some scenes.

Plenty of opening weekend fans lamented they couldn’t make out what was being said, beginning with the start of the movie when Gwen Stacy provides voice-over narration as she drums (via IGN). “Everyone is complaining about the poor dialogue audio in Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse!” tweeted film-goer mr3film, alongside a round-up of feedback from Reddit. “It was a problem for me watching it in IMAX, too.”

The issue appears to be nationwide, though some viewers report it was worse in certain showings and theaters. “Something I truly admire about this movie is how well the writers and voice actors did when it came to the in fight commentary/banter,” wrote one person on the Marvel subreddit. “I literally didn’t hear shit during those scenes,” another wrote back. “The music wasn’t even that loud, the vocals were just so low in my showing.”

Some of Kotaku’s own staff writers saw the movie this past weekend and had similar takeaways. “Everyone at our theater complained about sound mixing. Characters were hard to hear at times,” Zack Zwiezen told me. “One of the few times I would’ve liked subtitles in a theater,” added Kenneth Shepard.

Funny enough, Across the Spider-Verse producer Phil Lord tweeted a picture on June 1 of special cards he planned to send every theater projectionist who played the movie at “full volume.” “If you get to the theater early and you want a fun mission ask someone to check that the theater volume is set at reference (7)!” he added a day later. “If it sounds a bit quiet, invite them to turn it up a touch to 7.5! If they give you flack… tell them we said it was okay.”

It’s not clear if that would fix the issues viewers are experiencing in every case, or just exacerbate them. But it sounds like missed dialogue and bad sound mixing in some theaters wasn’t enough to ruin the experience for anyone. Across the Spider-Verse currently sits at 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Update 06/09/2023 6:35 p.m. ET: Variety reports that updated versions of the film are being sent out to theaters. Sources close to the film claim that while Sony believes the sound issues affected only “a handful of theaters” the company is still replacing “all the prints” of Across the Spider-Verse. A source further added that it’s not that odd for a film’s distributor to send out changed or tweaked prints, “if the opportunity presents itself.”

A great (and more drastic) example of this happened in 2019, when Universal basically patched the live-action Cats film, fixing some of the unfinished or ugly CG evident in the film when it first hit theaters in December of that year.


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