Spider-Man: Miles Morales Pays Tribute to Black Lives Matter

Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Spider-Man: Miles Morales brings players back to the New York City of its predecessor. Since Marvel’s Spider-Man released in 2018, the political climate in the real world has changed massively.

Protests have last for months against police brutality happening in cities across the country following the death of George Floyd in May. This gaming has taken this incident into account in an unambiguous way. Nonetheless, the game has paid tribute to it by including a visual stunning in-game mural that will be unlocked when players complete a line of sidequests.

After players complete a series of sidequests in which Spider-Man helps out people in New York, specifically in his house neighbourhood of Harlem, players will be able to find the mural. Moreover, players will receive the Uptown Pride suit when they knock out all the quests. The suit is black and yellow in colour which associated with Black Lives Matter.

Black and yellow Spider-Man suit with ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural behind

Miles is a half-Puerto Rican and half-black teenager, his experience plays a major part of his character. Both the comics and the game have inspired it. Since game developers and publishers usually avoid involving in politics, it is undoubtedly remarkable for a prestigious game to take such a prominent stance.

The BLM tribute in Milez Morales comes after Insomniac was criticized in 2018. The reason for criticism is because Peter Parker’s Spider-Man was made to work so closely with the New York Police Department. It worsens especially after other nationwide protests against police brutality.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales brief gaming review

This game focused on Miles’s identity and experience. It stumbles in differentiating itself from its previous sequel and in pacing. However, it is still a wonderful superhero journey worth taking.

The game put much more focus on jumping players into Miles’ story and rarely lets up on the brakes. Despite its panicky pace, this game is a compelling open-world action game that highlights Miles’ culture. It emphasizes on Miles’ unique differences and earnest attempts at trying to protect his community. His efforts made him into such an admiring hero, not the superpowers he equips with nor the mask he wears.


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