“Marvel’s Spider-Man” PS4 isn’t set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, instead telling an original story that’s not linked to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” But it’s still bristling with Easter eggs and callbacks to the movies — including the ability to use Spidey’s space-faring Iron Spider suit from “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Fans know the Iron Spider suit, a costume that gives Spidey an Iron Man flare, from the comics, and the suit made its way into the MCU as an upgrade for Peter Parker (Tom Holland) when Thanos (Josh Brolin) came to town. Spider-Man found himself clinging to the side of the spaceship piloted by the Maw (Domhnall Gleeson) after the Thanos lieutenant kidnapped Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as it headed into orbit. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) saved Spidey’s life by deploying the Iron Spider suit, which allowed him to breathe in the super-thin atmosphere at the edges of space.
Later, Spider-Man gets a load of the capabilities of the Iron Spider suit. It can deploy four big spider legs from its back, which Peter uses to keep himself (and Strange) from flying out a hole in the side of the Maw’s ship.
In “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” the Iron Spider suit is a special alternate costume that players can unlock and play with on their version of Spider-Man as he tackles crime in New York and battles the team of Spider-Man supervillains known as the Sinister Six.
It even comes complete with the cool deployable spider legs — although you get to use them a little differently than Peter did in the movie.
The game gives players the chance to use the Iron Spider suit in combat against various thugs, enemy soldiers, and sword-wielding gangsters. Activate the legs and they come flying out, aiding Peter’s feet and fists in combat. The Iron Spider suit basically turns him into a wrecking ball as he fights crowds of bad guys, punishing them with powerful attacks.
The good news is that it’s not even very hard for players to unlock the Iron Spider suit in the game. Most of the alternate costumes in the game can be unlocked just by completing events around New York, like stopping crimes and clearing out the bad guys’ hideouts. Each of those activities gives players “tokens” that can be spent on new abilities and upgrades for Spider-Man, and the suits, as well.
The Iron Spider suit is definitely worth spending a few minutes swinging around New York to snag — because looking like Spider-Man is in “Infinity War” is second only to using those giant, scary legs on unsuspecting criminals. If only Thanos would show up so players could try their spider-skills on him.