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Ever since Spider-Man was announced to be joining Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe just over 2 years ago, things have been getting stranger and stranger. On the surface, it may appear pretty simple to most. Spider-Man has been rebooted and this new version exists in the MCU. However, if you even begin to take a closer look at Disney and Sony’s collaborations here, things get very muddled.

Spider-Man’s role in the MCU has continued to baffle fans. One second he seems to be a clear, new member of the MCU but the next he himself or elements of his comic canon are exempted. It was initially rumored that Spider-Man would only appear in a few MCU films. This would be so that Sony could successfully launch a new franchise with the help of Disney’s success.

This rumor by itself was troublesome because it meant that what little hope we fans had of seeing Spidey team up with the Avengers would be brief at best. He wasn’t even confirmed to be in Infinity War for the longest time, which only added to this sentiment. The rumors have since been denied and Spider-Man is now confirmed to fight Thanos next year, but the threat remains. This is because there are still two separate but equally ambitious studios involved with this character. As such, anything could happen to further threaten this already confusing continuity as more films are made.

Speaking of which, Sony was setting up a bunch of Spidey spin-off movies as well. With Venom and Silver & Black being confirmed to not be in the MCU, it’s safe to assume the same about the other films. This is especially the case since the Sinister Six were set up in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 post credits scene. At the very least MCU fans still have Spidey, but some of the best characters in his comic canon are sadly out of reach. There’s always potential for them to enter the MCU later. This can be done either through references and connections to one another in their films or with the multiverse that Doctor Strange introduced us into. However, with even the MCU TV characters of the same universe showing no sign of appearing in the films, this is incredibly unlikely.

The MCU has a great character in Spider-Man, but they’re severely limited in what they can do with him as a result of Sony’s own universe. Not only that, but this makes Marvel movies as a whole all the more confusing to watch, which is one of their biggest issues. This includes the X-Men films and their let’s call it “unique” timelines.

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This is especially the case considering Venom is moving forward without MCU ties meaning it probably won’t even have Spider-Man in the film. Fans have already been disappointed by it being basically impossible for Deadpool and Spidey to interact. However, Venom is a Spider-Man villain who Spidey himself can’t even interact with. This just further dashes the hopes of fans wanting to see anything Fox related appear in these films.

Worse still, Sony could just as easily create their own Spidey for this universe which would get even more confusing and disappointing. Either way, the continuity will always be the most confusing part of watching a Spider-Man, let alone Marvel film. As great as these films typically turn out, it’ll always be disappointing with thoughts like these in the back of our heads.

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I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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