Sony Interactive Entertainment unveiled the sequel to the award winning 2018 video game title Marvel’s Spider-Man on Thursday with a new teaser trailer released at the ‘Future of Gaming’ PlayStation 5 showcase event.
The trailer reveals the star of the PlayStation 5 launch title will not be Peter Parker, the traditional alias of Spider-Man and the main character of the previous game in the series, but instead a black Latinx character known as Miles Morales.
“Be greater. Be yourself,” the caption at the end of the trailer for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales states over a hip-hop soundtrack, apparently attempting to justify Morales’ role on the grounds that non-white gamers need a character of a ‘diverse’ background to identify with.
Questions have already been raised as to whether this is a true sequel to the 2018 game, or simply a re-released version of the original to make more money and reaffirm the game studio’s commitment to political correctness in the wake of national Black Lives Matter rioting.
The Telegraph revealed in an interview with Simon Rutter, the Executive Vice President of European Business at Sony Interactive Entertainment, that the video game may just be a cash-grab.
“I guess you could call it an expansion and an enhancement to the previous game,” Rutter stated. “There’s a substantial Miles Morales component – which is the expansion element – but also within the game as well there’s been major enhancements to the game and the game engine, obviously deploying some of the major PlayStation 5 technology and features.”
Morales previously was the lead character in popular 2018 movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, where he was revealed as an alternate reality version of Parker. He was first introduced to the Marvel franchise in 2011, as part of an effort by social justice warrior writers to replace traditional white, male superheroes with people of color (POCs). His creation was to honor President Barack Obama, who was in office at the time.
The ‘Future of Gaming’ event where the Spider-Man sequel was revealed was originally postponed so as not to detract from the message of the ongoing Black Lives Matter rioting across the United States. On social media, Sony has come out very strongly in support of Black Lives Matter and against so-called “systemic racism”.
“We denounce systemic racism and violence against the Black community,” Sony’s PlayStation division wrote on Twitter.
Sony has even apparently endorsed the violence and rioting, claiming that looting of their products was a necessary sacrifice for racial justice.
“Our products can be replaced,” the Sony parent company wrote on Twitter in response to someone mentioning the destruction of their property. “Can lives?”