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Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Sorry, Venom Fans, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Won’t Have On-Screen Brain-Eating

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has been rated by the ESRB. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that, going by the game’s rating, you won’t get to see Venom eat someone’s brain on camera which is a shocking, shocking oversight. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, how could you?

Okay, maybe we’re being slightly sarcastic, though we’re still miffed that the first Venom movie didn’t get an R. The Spider-Man 2 rating (T for Teen, spotted by Gematsu), mentions some violence and a little blood, though not much.

That said, Ultimate Spider-Man did have you playing as Venom and killing people to prolong your own life. There wasn’t any blood but you could happily leave corpses just everywhere. Now that Disney owns Marvel we’re not sure even that would be countenanced in a game.

So what else does Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s rating reveal about this upcoming web-slinging action adventure? It confirms that the words “prick” and “ass” crop up, which is also on a par for Marvel stories.

Given the stakes involved in some of these big world-threatening battles it’s surprising how little the characters swear. Even Marvel Zombies, which had Tony Stark and co literally eating people, skipped out on the swears.

The game is on course for a 20th October 2023 PlayStation 5 release, as revealed at this year’s Summer Game Fest showcase. You’ll also be able to pick it up as a collector’s edition, complete with a statue of the Spider-Men taking on Venom.

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