After the release of 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, created by Beenox, the hype for Spider-Man games was next to nothing. Four years later, Insomniac Games managed to create one of the best Spider-Man games of all time, Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The game narrates the iconic character’s original narrative which is inspired by the long-running comic book storyline, with some elements from other media. The game was a massive hit, forcing Sony to buy Insomniac Games. In 2020, the studio created two games, the highly anticipated Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the remastered version of 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. While fans were highly satisfied with the game focused on Miles Morales, there was a major change in the remastered game: Peter Parker’s face.
Spider-Man voice actor Yuri Lowenthal asks fans to get over the face change
Voice actor Yuri Lowenthal, who voices Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man video games, has asked fans to get over the fact that they changed Peter Parker’s face. The voice actor said (via ComicBook),
“The performance was the same for me. I got over it as soon as they said ‘Hey, we wanna make this change so that the facial animation is better.’ I said ‘I’m all in!’ I don’t care if he looks like a goblin, if my performance is better, then I’m in. I’m kind of tired of talking about it, to be honest, because I think everything that needs to be said has been said. Some people will take longer to get over it, some people will never get over it. The one positive thing I take away from this experience is that people connected emotionally so hard and so deeply in the first game that they’re mad when they feel that person changes. I can only be so mad about that because it worked, not the change thing, but you connected with the character which is great. Now, get over it!”
Peter Parker’s face was changed in 2020’s Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered because it was necessary for better facial animation. Fans who were used to the old face were highly disappointed, but as Lowenthal said, they have to get over it at one point.
Fans reacted to Yuri Lowenthal’s statement
Yuri Lowenthal’s statement received mixed opinions from the fans. While the change was done for better performance, it is hard for some people to not notice the major facial change.
Even he’s tired of these people complaining about this shit still
— Mikey Thompson (@mt3578834) September 23, 2023
Don’t worry og face lovers, I’m sure modders will get to work on this game whenever it drops on PC.
— Crzypengu (@Crzypengu) September 24, 2023
The original face matched the voice 🙄, the new face would be if Tom Holland was talking, and George Lopez’s voice was coming through
— Cristian Paez Jr (@iamchrispaezjr) September 24, 2023
I’ll be honest I was one of those people who took awhile to get use to the face change but I’ve learned to just get over it cuz the game itself is PEAK as ofc the 2nd will be just as better 💯
— …🥱 (@Xiiety_) September 23, 2023
I think it’s disingenuous to tell people that grew to appreciate and became attached to the OG Face Model to “get over it” or say shit like “still crying about it?” It’s similar to changing an actor in a trilogy of movies that the fan base loved and then saying “get over it”. 1/2
— Calm of Fenrir (@JamesHalliday94) September 23, 2023
The third entry in the series, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, is all set to drop on PlayStation 5 on 20th October. The game will feature Kraven the Hunter, the Lizard, and the Venom symbiote.