It’s often easy to upset a massive fanbase over the Internet, and even more often is it unintentional. This happens to be the case with the upcoming PlayStation 5 title Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, which has been the focus of upset fans ever since it was revealed that Peter Parker’s face was changed. Yes, fans are actually threatening the Spider-Man Remastered developers for altering the look of their game’s Peter Parker. It’s a decision that’s intended to make the character more closely resemble his associated voice actor, although some fans are simply complaining that it’s a little too close to Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Tom Holland. Now Insomniac Creative Director Bryan Intihar has given a response to the toxic fans that have been threatening developers over the Peter Parker recast.
Here’s what Bryan Intihar specifically stated over on his Twitter account:
“To our Spidey fans: I totally appreciate your passion, but sending me threatening notes that you will “HUNT YOU DOWN AND WE WILL FIND YOU! YOU FIX THIS NOW!” isn’t cool. With what’s happening in today’s world, let’s be a force for good and be respectful of each other. Thank you.”
To our Spidey fans: I totally appreciate your passion, but sending me threatening notes that you will “HUNT YOU DOWN AND WE WILL FIND YOU! YOU FIX THIS NOW!” isn’t cool. With what’s happening in today’s world, let’s be a force for good and be respectful of each other. Thank you.
— Bryan Intihar (@bryanintihar) October 3, 2020
A look at the change can be seen below:
One can only imagine the extent of the hate mail he and the other developers have probably received, so his response is very well put to say the least. While some game developers have made some controversial decisions in the past, the choice to recast Peter Parker and allow him to more closely resemble his voice actor seems to be from the best of intentions by Insomniac Games and Sony. It seems silly to threaten them – especially by hunting them down – and change things when it’s really not that big of a deal.
After all, the new model Ben Jordan is supposed to more closely resemble Peter Parker voice actor Yuri Lowenthal, according to Insomniac Games. While fans can be understandably disappointed to see original model John Bubniak replaced, again, it’s not that big of a deal. Marvel’s Spider-Man was one of the biggest games on the PlayStation 4 – so it seems silly to get so aggressive over some slight visual changes that will only perfect it for the PlayStation 5.
Let’s just hope Bryan Intihar’s message is understood, and fans will at the very least quit threatening the game’s development team.