One man is faced with an impossible choice. I guess it’s true what they say: With great power comes great responsibility.
I write this post from a place of deep conflict and serious inner turmoil. I’ve spoken in other posts about my affinity for Spider-Man. That means Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Miguel O’Hara, or whoever dons the mantle. Don’t ask me to pick a favorite from that bunch – they all rank equally at the top of my list of super heroes. Spider-Man is amazing. I’ve loved the live action movies, including Andrew Garfield’s portrayal as Peter. Yes, his performance is at the bottom of my list, but it’s not an irredeemable portrayal like so many claim. 2018’s Into the Spiderverse is tied for my favorite movie of 2018 with Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, and I’ve never cared more about an Oscar award than when it won for best animated feature film. Yes, it should’ve won movie of the year, but the academy is too pretentious to recognize the greatness of the cartoon. More than being tied for my favorite movie of 2018, Spiderverse marks a transformative feat for storytelling when it comes to the webcrawler.
In fact, if I may divert for just a moment, there is no limit to the number of movies that could and should be made in the Spiderverse universe. If Pixar can squeeze out four movies from Toy Story, which, in my controversial opinion should have only been one movie, then Spiderverse opens up the possibility for no less than 400 films surrounding Miles, Gwen, Peter(s), and the rest of the gang. Seriously – have no fear of jumping the shark with Spiderverse: there’s no limit. The limit does not exist. Why am I still waiting on Spiderverse films? I’m losing it – why do we even need live action films anymore? Have you seen Spiderverse? Okay, that’s a bit hasty – no more live action films also means no more Tom Holland as Peter, and I love Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Wow, I guess I love Spider-Man.
Therein lies my great dilemma. I’ve never seen Sophie’s Choice, but I feel like I’m facing Sophie’s choice right now! Did I use that right? I’ll blindly assume, with no research, that absolutely I used that right. If you care about anything that brings joy, you’re probably aware of the Spider-Man game for Playstation 4. It was one of the most intensely anticipated games of 2018, and wow, it looks amazing, but what is a Nintendo Switch owner to do about this PS4 exclusive? I’m not a hardcore gamer, and the whole reason I bought a Switch is to be able to dive into video games for the sheer joy of gaming. With titles like Mario Tennis Aces, or, more recently, Cuphead, I’m set on fun, but what am I missing with Spider-Man on PS4? Sure, I’ll tell myself that I can wait for the Switch exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3¸and don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to get my hands on that, but let’s be honest: it’s not the same thing. It just isn’t.
Well, folks, the Spider-Man Playstation 4 bundle is now retailing for just $199, and guess who has yet to spend his $200 in Christmas money? Is this a sign? I don’t know! Here is my dilemma: I already don’t have enough time to play the Switch as much as I want, and I really have very little interest in anything else the PS4 has to offer. So little interest, in fact, that I don’t even know what the PS4 has to offer other than sweet, sweet Spider-Man. I’m also moving soon, and that $200 burning a hole in my pocket could make a nice contribution to my designing my French country aesthetic that I so deeply crave.
Since I brought it up not long ago, how psyched are we for MUA3? There are so many spiderfolk on the cover – will I have anyone on my team that isn’t a webcrawler? Probably yes. Probably Thor. Man, I love Thor, but he’s no Peter Parker, that’s for sure!
Help me out, Internet. Is Spider-Man on PS4 worth the $200? Is this a ridiculous purchase to even consider? I just can’t figure it out. I can’t watch YouTube videos on the subject, because I’m too susceptible to being convinced. Internet, in all of your wisdom, heed my call! Has Spider-Man come to save us all?
By: Dan Burkett