By: Chris Baker, Interactive Manager, Marvel
If you read my “So Many Questions!” blog entry from a couple months back, you might recall my pointing out some inaccuracies in the Wikipedia plot summary at the time. Well, as much as I love Wikipedia (seriously – it’s one of my favorite sites)… let’s just say the current revision still needs work. This is a huge source of info for people, and it pains me to see so many inaccuracies in the plot Beenox worked so hard on. Let’s go sentence by sentence:
Spider-Man villains Rhino, Iguana, Black Cat, Vermin, Scorpion and the The Lizard from the film will be antagonists in the game.
Nothing wrong here, per se (minus “the The”)…but there’s no mention of Alistaire Smythe, who is only, like, the main antagonist in the game.
Also, if you want to get technical, Felicia Hardy is never actually referred to as “Black Cat” in the story – but I won’t stop you from calling her that if that’s what floats your boat.
The game is set after the film, where an Oscorp executive with the help of physicist Dr. Otto Octavius and biochemist Michael Morbius, access the research of Dr. Curt Connors (aka The Lizard) to create more cross-species experiments.
Well, these characters are mentioned in the bios for Rhino and Scorpion, but this summary has a few inaccuracies. For one thing, our fiction states that a whole bunch of Oscorp scientists were messing around with Connors’ cross-species research – not just the characters mentioned. (Here’s a mini-scoop for ya: Want another name from the comics to add to the list? Dr. Mendel Stromm – unlike the other two, he even appears briefly in the narrative. There’s also Dr. Edward Whelan… who could best be described as “not quite Vermin” in this universe.)
Also, the Oscorp executive in question was only getting the “help” of Morbius (not Octavius), which as the Rhino bio pretty clearly states, was not exactly something ol’ Dr. Mike was doing ’cause he wanted to. He was “threatening to end the reclusive biochemist’s career if he refused to help,” after all.
Rhino’s bio further informs us that the Oscorp executive (I promise, he has a name – he’s purposely anonymous for now) worked with Morbius within the movie story’s timeline, whereas this description makes it sound like the research occurred afterward. (Only Rhino was created concurrently with the Lizard – the other cross-species creatures came to be after the film’s climax.)
Meanwhile, Oscorp develops a large group of robots that suddenly turns against the humans.
Um, no…not really. The robots (not officially known as Spider-Slayers, but c’mon – we all know that’s what they are) never “turn against” the humans – they just don’t care about the collateral damage involved in taking down the cross-species monstrosities running around. (And again – why not attribute them to Smythe?)
The robots invade New York, with plans to conquer the world.
WHAT?!?! Seriously… where did that come from? There are no plots for world domination in this game, sentient robot or otherwise.
It's now up to Spider-Man to save the city from the cross-breed experiments and robots, and get to the bottom of this mystery.
I wouldn’t say there’s much of a “mystery” here, but hey – I’ll go with the rest of this sentence.
So, yeah…not exactly the most accurate plot summary. Umm… who wants to fix it?
P.S. Don’t get me started on the IMDB inaccuracies…
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