WARNING: The following article contains potential spoilers for Insomniac's Spider-Man, arriving Sept. 7 for PS4.
With only two weeks until the release of of Insomniac’s Spider-Man, the steady trickle of details about the PS4 game isn't about dry up. The latest arrival is a Funko Pop! figure that may reveal a massive spoiler for Peter Parker’s return to video games.
A photo that surfaced on Reddit reveals a Spider-Man’s Negative Zone suit, which implies Marvel's antimatter universe plays role in the video game’s plot. The costume is identical to its appearance in the comics, mostly drenched in black, with large, white eyes and streaks of silver down the side.
Introduced in 1966 in Fantastic Four #51, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Negative Zone is an alternate dimension with negatively charged matter and a large power source. It’s traditionally considered a dangerous place, and has made only brief appearances in video games, most notably in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, which adapted Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Civil War.
Interestingly, although the Negative Zone is traditionally associated with the Fantastic Four, the game’s creative director Bryan Intihar implied Marvel’s First Family won't be in the game. Over the past few weeks, early footage has revealed Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Santorum and Avengers Tower exist in the game’s vision of New York, so the exclusion of the Fantastic Four probably owes to rights issues.
Sony and Insomniac have been pretty tight-lipped about the details of Spider-Man’s plot, but we know ]Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for about eight years, and the villains are Mister Negative, Kingpin, Electro, Rhino, Scorpion and Vulture, with a mysterious sixth villain yet to be revealed. How the Negative Zone might fit into this broader plot is unclear, but it could imply the wall-crawler gets some assistance from his genius friends in the larger Marvel Universe.
Another interesting detail on the Funko figure’s packaging that may throw some fans off is a logo that reads “Marvel Gamerverse.” While at first glance it seems to imply an Marvel Cinematic Universe-style Marvel gaming universe, it is actually the imprint that Funko has used over the past year to promote its Marvel games toys.
Insomniac’s Spider-Man will release exclusively for PS4 systems on Sept. 7.