While Spider-Man: Miles Morales gets ready to be a PlayStation 5 release title, developer Insomniac Games has provided fans a quick glance of what they can anticipate in the game. A reoccurring theme in the social media post of the developer has been framing information dumps as stories from the Daily Bugle Now, such as a recent post introducing an Into the Spider-Verse-themed suit. Now, the Bugle is featuring some new characters in New York City.
The story is prepared similar to a “Humans of New York” blog with four aspiring young professionals getting a little blurb about their dreams. First on the listing is Miles Morales, introduced as a hot new music producer inspired by the work of his uncle and father.
Spider-Man: Miles Morales will also introduce a podcaster named Danika Hart, clearly played in opposition to the bias J. Jonah Jameson, as well as Hailey Cooper who is a street artist in East Harlem and a tech developer named Ganke Lee.
— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) October 20, 2020
As anticipated of a game influenced by the Marvel Comics universe, most characters referenced from the comic books such as The Daily Bugle’s photographer and writer. Hart is a YouTube vlogger in the comics, whereas Lee is Miles’ close friend and superhero confidant who courts Hart at one point.
Lee covers his identity using the alias “Ned” in the comics, though in 2017 the creator of the character told fans he was uncertain whether the likewise named Ned Leeds in MCU’s Spider-Man: Homecoming was directly influenced by Lee.
Fans in the comment section of Insomniac’s Twitter post have been fast in pointing out the possible connection between Hart and one of Miles Morales’ antagonists, Tinkerer. As shown in the trailer from Sony’s PlayStation 5 Showcase last September, Tinkerer has a conspicuous violet color scheme, much like the violet highlights of Hart’s hair. Nothing has been confirmed yet, of course, so this could all be pure speculation.
Promotion for the upcoming Spider-Man game has also taken the somewhat unorthodox form of other types of media in recent weeks. Insomniac Games posted a text conversation between Peter Parker and Miles Morales today as well, giving insight into why Peter will not be around to help Miles throughout the game.
Small details and references in Spider-Man: Miles Morales extends more than just the characters walking around New York City. Miles will have access to tons of suits, same as Peter before him, and one recently added suit that has caught fans’ eyes is a mask-wearing cat sidekick fighting crime alongside Miles Morales.