Marvel’s Spider-Man 2: Learning from The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Mistakes
Heading 3: Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Must Be Cautious with Its Portrayal of Harry Osborn
The upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 game has the potential to draw influence from various Spider-Man media, but it must be careful not to resemble the ill-received portrayal of Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While the game’s trailer shows a distressed Harry, it remains to be seen if his portrayal will be similar to the unhinged iteration from the movie.
In the first Marvel’s Spider-Man game, Harry’s character was introduced well, despite not having any physical presence. He was shown to be ailing from an undisclosed illness and was kept hidden in a stasis chamber by his father, Norman Osborn. Similarly, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Harry also suffers from an illness. In the sequel game, Harry is released from the chamber but still appears to be affected by his condition, using a cane to walk.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Harry believed that Spider-Man’s blood could cure him, and when Spider-Man refused to help, Harry had a tantrum. The trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 also features a shot of Harry in distress, throwing a glass at a window. Although it is unclear what is causing his distress in the game, it creates a parallel between the two interpretations of a diseased Harry.
However, it is essential for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to steer clear of negative comparisons to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The portrayal of Electro in the movie was socially inept, while Harry became increasingly whiny and eventually transformed into the unhinged Green Goblin. The game should strive to create a unique and compelling story for Harry, rather than replicating the negative aspects of the movie.
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is set to launch on October 20, exclusively for PlayStation 5. Fans eagerly anticipate how the game will handle the portrayal of Harry Osborn and hope that it will provide a fresh and engaging take on the character.