‘Spider-Man’ PS5 Game Inspires Web Of Jokes After Casting Tom Holland Lookalike
By Mikelle Leow, 01 Oct 2020
Video screenshot via PlayStation
Marvel fans have seen various depictions of Peter Parker on screen, but there’s one version they had never expected to see.
PlayStation 5 will soon see the launch of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, which features the same gameplay with significant graphical improvements at a higher frame rate. Surprising as they are, fans have been distracted at the fact that Spider-Man has been recast with a familiar, but not quite, face.
The face of Peter Parker, previously modeled after actor John Bubniak, is now “remastered” with the face of British model Ben Jordan by way of developer Insomniac Games.
Sony PlayStation reasoned that the team wanted “a better match to Peter Parker/Spider-Man actor Yuri Lowenthal’s facial capture” and Jordan seemed to do the part, letting “Yuri’s moving performances take on a new life.”
Gamers, however, wonder if there’s another reason why the character has been recast. Jordan seems to bear a remarkable resemblance to Tom Holland, who played Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Further, fans find it rather strange that Peter Parker is meant to look older in this game, but the redesign has him appearing younger than Spider-Man mentee Miles Morales.
Responding to backlash, Insomniac Games creative director Bryan Intihar stresses, “Today’s news about the new Peter Parker face model has surprised some of you, and we at Insomniac totally understand your reaction. Heck, it even took me awhile to get used to Peter’s new look. We care as much about this character as your attachment to him, so please know we didn’t make this decision/change lightly.”
Intihar says developers will continue to observe the crowd’s reactions to see how to “improve every facet of the game.”
On the other side, he has also asked for players’ understanding on the studio’s decision to cast Jordan. “I hope you can trust us that this decision is what we feel is best for the future of the franchise and our upcoming goals for this beloved Marvel character,” Intihar concludes.
They changed Peter Parker in Spider-Man Remastered. He looks more like Tom Holland now. pic.twitter.com/QuK1yY68Hb— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) September 30, 2020
I much prefer the original version pic.twitter.com/TLfAOEHmW2— Unlucky777 (@Unlucky777x) September 30, 2020
Tom Holland Hom Tolland pic.twitter.com/AVNuyoojSe— Smart Alec (@_TheSmartAlec) September 30, 2020
Tom ... Holland ... ? pic.twitter.com/JDeTzFlhyF— Fandom (@getFANDOM) September 30, 2020
Nah this looks like Dylan Minnette pic.twitter.com/orSXGNjlX8— Kourtney (@PresidentKourt) September 30, 2020
Bro he literally looks like a 13 year old now & now Miles looks so much older then him pic.twitter.com/dMEEw6fNJo— alkhan1 (@Alkhan111) September 30, 2020
Something I'm less of a fan of? They changed Peter's model for Spider-Man PS5. Now he looks alot younger? And strangely, like Tom Holland? Which is kinda at odds with the "I've been Spidey for a while" time frame they had set up. Feels just as young as Miles was. pic.twitter.com/j5h57nb4PV— Matt 'I Know About The PoP Remake' McMuscles (@MattMcMuscles) September 30, 2020
Guys. It’s my face’s fault. The stupid stupid bones in my face. Blame my bones. https://t.co/VUES1jQLC5— Yuri Lowenthal (@YuriLowenthal) September 30, 2020
tom holland waking up to being dragged again when he didn’t do anything pic.twitter.com/DX6Zo2k0c3— zach (@civiIswar) September 30, 2020
hero boy grew up 🤧 pic.twitter.com/a9PsSD3sOQ— bee (B.L.M // A.C.A.B) (@fawns_bee) September 30, 2020
Pretty sure that’s Shawn Mendes, not Tom Holland 💀 pic.twitter.com/bEL298b1qB— мcĸena (@_McKena) September 30, 2020
A few words from me on today’s news... pic.twitter.com/PpdWVuw4Mm— Bryan Intihar (@bryanintihar) September 30, 2020
[via Den Of Geek, video and cover image via PlayStation]
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