Insomniac Games followed up Marvel's Spider-Man with Miles Morales last year, giving the super-hero his own web-slinging story, but inspiration for the new Spider-Man came from an unexpected source.
In a three-part video series from Sony (thanks GamesRadar), Creative Director of Miles Morales, Brian Horton, and Senior Animator, James Ham sat down with the creative team behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, alongside the current writer of the Spider-Man: Miles Morales comic-book, Saladin Ahmed, and said the Spider-Verse had a significant influence on Miles' story.
Insomniac's Miles Morales Took Inspiration From Into The Spider-Verse
Horton mentioned Insomniac's admiration for the 2018 animated film to its co-director, Peter Ramsey, and its writers/producers, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, saying:
When we saw [Spider-Verse], we had already developed a bit of story for what our game would be. But we were heartened and freaked out by how good of a story you guys told with Miles. All the small details that you bought into his character really helped us raise our game.
When we put out our demo where we see Miles walking through his neighborhood, and the representation of Puerto Rico is imbued on the streets, all of that was the team coming together with this very specific goal to ensure that the world that Miles Morales was living in, felt real.
Lord responded in kind, saying that he was impressed with Insomniac's attention to detail in not just Miles himself, but to his Harlem home and essentially everything else.
Miles Morales and 2018's Spider-Man are set to receive a follow-up in Marvel's Spider-Man 2, which will feature Venom as the game's main antagonist. The symbiote's voice actor also sheds some light on the 2023 title, emphasizing the gigantic scope of the sequel.