After launching to an overwhelmingly positive reception, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 continues to make headlines and win the hearts of gamers. We had the same reaction while writing our Spider-Man 2 review, and we are sure you will too. Like the game before, Insomniac injects the latest Spidey game with an overarching story that flawlessly connects and leaves you emotional. Towards the end of Spider-Man 2, players see a stream of cutscenes that hint towards many things. We are here today to break all of the ending and post-credit scenes for you in this guide. So, without further ado, let’s begin.
Spoiler Warning: This post includes massive spoilers for the ending act of Spider-Man 2. Proceed at your own risk.
Spider-Man 2 Ending: Peter Finally Retires
Insomniac Games had decided not to follow the traditional Spider-Man timeline in the comics. In the game’s universe, Peter Parker & Miles Morales work together in New York City to fight crime. However, it naturally does not start this way. We already see Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the original 2018 game, and he battles through various foes and finally defeats Doctor Otto Octavius.
Towards the end of the first game, we see Miles revealing to Peter that, he too, is starting to gain the same powers. However, it is really in Spider-Man: Miles Morales that the namesake really starts to come into his own as he slowly becomes independent. Most of that game is spent with Miles fighting alone and managing his newfound powers while Peter trains him.
After the brutal events of Spider-Man 2, which put both Spiders through the grinder, Peter reveals to Miles that he is taking a step back and finally retiring. After years of service, the older Spider-Man wants to focus on the Emily-May foundation that he will run by himself now that Harry is out of the picture. Miles is receptive to the news, and the duo embrace before the young Spidey zips away to help NYC again. While we can still play as Peter in the free-roam, he has essentially retired when it comes to the cannon story.
As expected, Insomniac has handled both the character arcs with grace. Peter Parker is a person who has selflessly served NYC as Spider-Man. However, his journey has been riddled with much pain and loss. We see this and more as Peter loses Aunt May, battles rejection and firing, tries to manage his relationships, and sacrifices much of his life to be Spider-Man. The fact that he finally gets to retire and work on the foundation signals a life beyond the mask in which he can still help.
On the other hand, Miles has been shown to battle many self-doubts and even wonder if he’s ready to do this. However, we see a confident Miles assuring Peter that he’s got this in Spider-Man 2’s ending. This signals his independence and ability to handle New York City without Peter’s help. However, as a tale old as time, the city will be victim villains once again and if our young Spider-Man cannot handle it, Peter just might make a comeback in a potential Spider-Man 3.
Will We See Green-Goblin in Spider-Man 3?
Those who have finished Spider-Man 2 know the end of the game involves defeating Venom and removing it from Harry. However, the latter almost dies. And while we do bring him back to life, Harry goes into a coma and essentially back to square one, as 2018 Spider-Man’s post-credit showed him. Another ending scene in Spider-Man 2 shows Peter and MJ visiting an unconscious Harry in the hospital. Norman Osborn, Harry’s father, is already there and naturally furious at his son’s state.
While the duo leaves as Normal is raging, he makes a spontaneous decision. Norman calls up his lab and tells them to “Get the G-Serum Ready.” Without even saying anything, you can tell that the serum is “Norman’s Oz formula” intended to give the user super strength and life. However, a fatal side effect includes the rupturing of the subject’s mind, which turns them evil. We saw this in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire.
However, it is not yet clear who will end up becoming the Green Goblin using this serum. In many movie adaptions, we see both the father and son taking up this persona depending on the serum used. However, nostalgic fans are more used to Norman taking this mantle up. Insomniac’s Spider-Man universe could see Norman injecting his son Harry with it to cure him. However, that will inevitably result in him becoming Green Goblin and the main villain of Spider-Man 3. However, since Harry has already made a grand appearance in the current game, we doubt that.
It is more likely that Normal Osborn will inject himself with the G-Serum as a way to exact his vengeance and wreak havoc upon NYC. But what’s clear is that the Green Goblin will most likely return in Marvel’s Spider-Man 3.
Doctor Octopus Hints at His Master Plan
In a surprising turn of events, Dr. Otto Octavious also makes an appearance during the ending of Spider-Man 2. The former supervillain is visited by Norman as he lies trapped aboard the RAFT. A teary Osborn asks Otto about the identity of both Spider-Man as they “ruined his son.” While Otto is satisfied to hear the news, Norman notices the book he’s writing and asks the same. To that, Otto replies, “The Final Chapter.” We don’t know about you, but that little hint is as subtle as a sledgehammer to the face.
It is obvious that Norman Osborn now holds deep-seated hate against the Spider-Men because of his son. Considering Dr. Ock’s history with Peter, it is natural he comes to him. If this continues, we might see the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus teaming up and coming after our heroes in Spider-Man 3.
The words “The Final Chapter” harken back to the connection between “The Gathering of the Five.” In this storyline, Norman initiates a ritual of the same name after surviving an attempt on his life. However, this doesn’t involve Dr. Octopus and hence could be a reference.
What is more likely is that Insomniac Games is using familiar grounds but taking it to a completely different angle altogether. Judging from the pattern we have seen, this could very well be the case. After asking around for an ending comic chapter related to Spider-Man 2 from my colleagues, I could not find anyone who had seen Harry Don Venom before.
If Insomniac continues to set new precedents, then this crossover against Peter and Miles will definitely be something new and unique. To us, this also sets up the perfect ground for a Spider-Man 3, which is starting to look more and more likely. However, the number 3 should involve three playable characters, right? Keep reading to find out more about that.
Will Cindy Moon Be There in Spider-Man 3?
While this is a minor post-credit scene, it’s also the final one and one worth noting. After all the above is wrapped up, Miles finally gets to meet his mother’s new dating partner. For context – Rio Morales wanted to introduce her son sooner, but the events of Spider-Man 2 took up all his time. Nonetheless, Rio introduces Albert, her partner, who has a daughter named Cindy. For those of you who don’t know, Cindy Moon is from Earth-616 and ends up donning the avatar “Silk” as a hero herself.
While we won’t jump to too many conclusions, it is worth speculating that Peter, Miles, and Silk could create a powerful trio in Spider-Man 3 to defeat the Green Goblin and Dr. Ock. However, even if that doesn’t come to fruition, Silk could very well feature in a standalone game or at least as a DLC for Spider-Man 2, making her a playable character. With all this information given to us, no wonder a lot of people needed Spider-Man 2’s ending explained.
That was the Spider-Man 2’s ending explained for all of you out there. As you can already tell, Spider-Man 2’s ending has chalked up to an exciting precursor that could have a devastating follow-up. And we are all for it. However, until that happens, there’s a lot to do in Spider-Man 2 itself.
For starters, check out these best Spider-Man 2 tips and tricks to play the game right. Once done, start building your collection with these best suits for Peter and Miles. You can top all that off by learning to master Web Wings. So, how do you feel about Spider-Man 2’s ending explained? Drop your thoughts in the comments below!