Video Game: Spider-Man: Edge of Time
aka: Spider-Man Edge Of Time
Spider-Man: Edge of Time
is a 2011 video game made by Beenox and published by Activision
, and is the second game produced by the studios to be based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man
(following on from their work on Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
). In the game, players control both the Amazing Spider-Man
and Spider-Man 2099
in two connected timelines that follow the untimely death of Peter Parker. It featured all-new "cause-and-effect" gameplay, where choices and actions can have unintended outcomes on the Spider-Man in the opposite timeline, and a storyline written by Peter David
, co-creator of Spider-Man 2099
The plot kicks off when evil Alchemax scientist Walker Sloan travels back to modern-day New York and uses his future tech to found Alchemax decades ahead of when it was supposed to be established. This causes Alchemax to become an even-more
mega Mega Corp.
which has managed to Take Over the World
. Spidey 2099, having gained wind of this plot, learns that a key factor is the death of Amazing Spidey and devises a way to communicate with Amazing Spider-Man to help stop Sloan.
Spider-Man: Edge of Time provides examples of the following tropes:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: The Achievement/Trophy names have noticeable alliteration to them.
- All There in the Manual: The backstories of new characters like Walker Sloan, Black Cat 2099 and the CEO are all on their figures in the bonus gallery.
- Alternate Continuity: If the events present in the story are any indication, then Edge of Time seems to be ignoring Marvel 2099's continuity as it was established Peter Parker was killed by Dr. Octopus, and 616's One More Day as it has Mary Jane still in a relationship with Peter (whether they're married or not, like their pre-OMD selves, is not explained). Elements from the Brand New Day era of the comics are used however (such as Anti-Venom). Justified in the altered timeline that Sloan's changes happened well before they even got together, which changed their whole history. However, this may still be the case in the regular timeline as Peter is seen trying to arrange a date with her before history changed. Interestingly, the "Temporal Paradox" move pulls up flickering images of what seem to be Mary Jane and May Parker. Make of that what you will.
- Alternate Timeline: Discussed, but averted. When they first realize the "quantum casuality" effect, Spidey 2099 explains that, while alterations to the past typically create an alternate timeline, the Time Portal Sloan created to link Amazing Spidey's time with the year 2099 allowed for instant changes to Spidey 2099's timeline and vice versa.
- A Million Is a Statistic: The primary source of conflict between Spidey 2099 and Amazing Spidey. Miguel is only concerned with the grand scheme of things and stopping Sloan from ruining the future, while Peter is obsessed with the human cost of his actions and refuses to abandon innocent people no matter what, explicitly telling Miguel that if he can't understand that Peter won't refrain from helping people no matter what happens to himself, then he has no business calling himself Spider-Man.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: You can get various alternate costumes. Two more were announced after the game as being able to be unlocked through code: The Last Stand◊ outfit, and the Poison costume◊, to name a few.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Spidey 2099 uses future tech and a sample of Amazing Spidey's DNA to establish a "chronal link" between the two, allowing the two to communicate telepathically across time.
- Back from the Dead: Anti-Venom apparently succeeds in killing Amazing Spider-Man, but Spider-Man 2099 revives him with future healing tech.
- Bad Future: As the result of Amazing Spider-Man's death.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Walker Sloan/Atrocity and Peter Parker 2099.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Anti-Venom, due to mind control chips.
- Butterfly of Doom / Conqueror From The Future: Amazing Spider-Man's death in the present, at the hands of Anti-Venom controlled by Walker Sloan, a scientist from the year 2099 creates a Crapsack World, which is where Spider-Man 2099 comes in.
- Canon Foreigner: Walker Sloan, the game's Big Bad, Black Cat 2099, and Peter Parker 2099. Atrocity, a combination of Sloan, Anti-Venom, and Doctor Octopus. Arcade, Overdrive, and Big Wheel are given 2099 counterparts for the Nintendo DS version.
- Cloning Blues: Black Cat 2099 is a clone of the original Black Cat and there are other clones who serve as Mooks.
- Clothing Damage: Amazing Spider-Man's costume gets wrecked over the course of the game. Near the end, his hair and ear are clearly visible.
- Cluster Shock Bomb: Spidey 2099 still has his potty mouth. Amazing Spidey lampshades this.
Spider-Man: (crawling away weakly, Anti-Venom poised to strike) O'Hara... maybe I would've listened to you... if you didn't say "shock" all the time.
- Combat Tentacles: Doctor Octopus is an aversion, generally just being an extra in the story. Atrocity, however...
- Comes Great Responsibility: You knew this line was coming, but evil CEO Peter Parker is the one who says it.
- Continuity Nod
- When Miguel contacted Peter via Applied Phlebotinum telepathy, the latter asks, half-jokingly, if any other "mes" are in his head too. note
- It's given a second nod in the bonus costumes, with the Spider-Man 1602 and New Ultimate costume referring to the "Crisis of the Shattered Dimensions".
- Also, there's the various archive rooms of Alchemax's CEO a.k.a. Peter Parker 2099. They're filled with statues of Amazing Spider-Man's villains from Shattered Dimensions, bearing the exact same designs.
- On his route to trying to stop Anti-Venom from killing Peter, one of the rooms Miguel passes through contains the body of Scorpion 2099 in a tank of chemicals. Scorpion was one of the opponents Miguel defeated in Shattered Dimensions. Spider-Ham can also be found at the beginning of Chapter 15 in a similar tank.
- The Sandman can also be found in a chemical tank in "present day" Alchemax, whilst Peter is fleeing from Atrocity.
- On the desk of the CEO in his office, is the Tablet of Order and Chaos from the previous game.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: The future version of Peter Parker, who runs Alchemax. He almost looks a bit like Norman Osborn.
- Cross Counter: How Amazing Spider-Man's fight with Anti-Venom ends.
- Crossover: A "truer" crossover than the previous game, the two Spider-Men are in direct contact with each other, their timelimes are "bleeding" together, and they each even spend a couple of levels in each other's timeline. They still don't spend a lot of time in the same timeline simultaneously, though...
- Cyberpunk: 2099
- Damn You, Muscle Memory: If you're used to the Shattered Dimensions controls, you might have some initial adjustment trouble with the Wii version. Thankfully, The Dev Team Thinks of Everything and you can switch to the previous game's controls.
- Darker and Edgier: While the previous game had some dark moments, this game amps it up with a generally darker tone and more immediate threats of death and action consequences.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Death Is Cheap: Amazing Spider-Man lampshades the frequency of this with comic book heroes after his own experience, saying he knows how Captain America feels. And Jean Grey. And Colossus. He'd have kept going if Spider-Man 2099 hadn't stopped him.
- Downloadable Content: Four alternate costumes based on the "Identity Crisis" storyline.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Atrocity.
- Fallen Hero: Peter Parker 2099.
Spider-Man 2099: "What happened to you, Parker? You used to be the greatest of them all!"
- Final Boss Preview: A very subtle one. In the room with the unlockable costume stands, you can find one in the ground with the armor the boss wears, which is also an unlockable costume.
- Finger Twitching Revival: Anti-Venom, after the Cross Counter with Amazing Spider-Man.
- Five-Bad Band
- Future Me Scares Me: The true Big Bad: the CEO of Alchemax in 2099, Peter Parker.
- From Bad to Worse: While trapped in a trash compactor in the 2099 Alchemax, Amazing Spidey attempts to shut it down via a nearby control panel... only to start the incinerator as well.
- Future Slang: The all-purpose swear word "shock". Peter congenially mocks him for it, and even uses it himself once.
- Gratuitous French: When Spidey 2099 informs Amazing Spidey that he can't access the present day Alchemax's archives, Amazing Spidey sarcastically responses "Quelle surprise!" note
- Holding Your Shoulder Means Injury: As Anti-Venom turns the tide in his fight with Amazing Spidey, there's a brief Controllable Helplessness/Quick Time Event scenario where Amazing Spidey can only move sideways and dodge Anti-Venom's attacks, all while clutching his shoulder.
- Honor Before Reason: Though Amazing Spidey freely admits that he doesn't want to die, he adamantly refuses to leave the Alchemax building if it means letting Anti-Venom rampage about and endanger innocent people, much to Spidey 2099's annoyance.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The first boss, Anti-Venom. For Amazing Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2099 has better luck.
- Hope Spot: Amazing's battle with Anti-Venom begins like a normal boss fight and Amazing even tosses him through a door. Then Anti-Venom nullifies his powers bringing an even fight into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Spider-Man tries this on Anti-Venom after learning about the control chips. It doesn't entirely work, but it does get Brock to fight their influence long enough to keep Spider-Man from getting killed right away.
- Ironic Echo: Tends to be exchanged between the two Spider-Men, such as "do better than your best!"
- Just Between You and Me
- Sloane gives a nice monologue of his plan to his holo-assistant early in the game, unaware Spider-Man 2099 is watching from above.
- Averted later when Amazing Spider-Man meets the CEO of Alchemax, who offers to give him one, but he declines due to other matters. He does get around to giving a short one to Spider-Man 2099 later.
- Lazy Artist: Thanks to the quick turn around from the last Spidey game, Activision's tendency to try and milk their franchises for all they're worth and the film series reboot set to be released in 2012 (and likely with a tie-in game to boot), people were already voicing concerns that Edge of Time was just going to be "Shattered Dimensions minus the Ultimate & Noir universes" within a day. The final results is pretty similar to Shattered Dimensions but have their differences.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- Meanwhile, in the Future: Both Spider-Men are actually working together & talking to each other whilst in their home time periods — Amazing Spider-Man can destroy things so that they won't be there in the future, after said thing has created a problem for Spider-Man 2099. Justified by the creation of a second time gate, which linked the two moments in history and allowed for instantaneous changes.
- Monster Closet: The 2099 levels adore this.
- Ms. Fanservice: Black Cat 2099, of course.
- Mythology Gag
- Jameson speculates that people idolize Spider-Man enough to make a Spider-Man musical. Peter quips that he'd pay to see it.
- When Spidey is first informed of quantum causality, he says "That's Amazing! Spectacular, even!"
- Spider-Man 2099's swinging hearkens back to the 2000 live-action films; there's even similar music.
- The New Ultimate costume notes that there's a new Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe.
- No Sell: Spidey 2099 shrugs off Anti-Venom's attempt to depower him because, unlike Amazing Spidey, his powers aren't radiation-based.
- Oh, Crap: Amazing's reaction to seeing Atrocity.
Parker: Oh... my God.
- Old Save Bonus: If you have a Shattered Dimensions save file on the console when you boot up Edge of Time, the game unlocks 10 (8, if you own a Wii) alternate costumes for the player to use.
- One-Winged Angel: After Anti-Venom gains control of himself, he proceeds to attack Walker Sloan. Sloan runs to the time portal while Doc Ock is repairing it, and all three are tossed into the unstable portal. Out comes Atrocity, a monstrous combination of the three, similar to Monster Ock in the PS1 game.
- Orange/Blue Contrast: Pictured above in the poster, also all over the trailer. It seems blue represents the future, and orange the present. If so, prepare to see a lot of this trope.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: Subverted when Amazing Spider-Man tries to use Spider-Man 2099's password, which is just "Lyla", to access Alchemax's archives and it doesn't work. It's then played straight when Spidey grumbles that he wishes it could just grant him access and it does. And here lies a bit of Fridge Brilliance: WHY do you think the archive lets Peter Parker have the access he asked for?
- Powered Armor / Spider Tank: Peter Parker 2099 pilots one of these during the final battle. Amazing Spider-Man speculates that Peter's powers have deteriorated over time, making the suit a necessity.
- Really 700 Years Old: Black Cat 2099 was given an anti-aging drug, resulting in her looking younger than she really is. Same goes for Evil Peter.
- The Reveal: The CEO of Alchemax in 2099 (and true Big Bad of the game) is Peter Parker's future self. Not that Amazing Spider-Man doesn't have fun with it. "So this is where you make the big reveal and I say, Holy cow! Norman Osborn! Or the Kingpin! Jonah Jameson! C'mon, PLEASE be Jameson..."
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Spider-Man 2099 gains this due to being in the time portal just after Walter went back in time. Amazing Spider-Man, of course, doesn't have this benefit.
- Rule of Three: Lampshaded when Amazing Spider-Man has to retrieve three time gate parts, each controlled by three consoles.
Spider-Man 2099: The part will be safe to take after all three consoles around it are deactivated.
Amazing Spider-Man: Why do these things always come in threes?
Spider-Man 299: I have no idea.
Amazing Spider-Man: You know, that's going to bug me the rest of the day.
- Scenery Porn: The detail put into the outdoors can be astounding.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong
- The Spider-Man of the year 2099 is trying to prevent the death of the present day Spider-Man...
- It's also the motive of the true Big Bad, Peter Parker's future self (the CEO of Alchemax in 2099), who wants to go back in time to fix all of the mistakes he made in the past.
- Shout-Out: Over the game, the two Spider-Man make references to Captain America, the X-Men, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four.
- Sir Swearsalot: Spidey 2099 has kept his habit of saying "Shock" from the last game.
- Stripperiffic: Black Cat 2099's outfit, with a cleavage opening right down to her belly button.
- Techno Babble: Amazing Spider-Man rattles this off while they look up Alchemax's archives, including "uncoupling the Heisenberg compensators". The funny thing is, Spidey 2099 responds to each line with "of course I did" or "Shock it, no, I didn't," which actually causes Peter to stop and go "wait, what?"
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Amazing Spider-Man isn't immediately inclined to believe some guy from the future claiming he's going to die because of his new workplace and Spider-Man 2099 is rather frustrated by his predecessor's inability to stay out of life-threatening situations. They get along better as the game progresses.
- Teleporting Keycard Squad: Usually literally.
- Temporal Paradox: Surprisingly, it's used as a special move in this game.
- Time Travel Tense Trouble
- Timey-Wimey Ball: A gameplay mechanic.
- Let's say Spidey 2099 is having trouble fighting an advanced mech, if Amazing Spidey destroys the prototype in his time line, the mech won't be there to fight Spidey 2099.
- Amazing Spidey often lampshades all of the time travel logic that's tossed around in this game. Spidey 2099's response is basically "Look, do you want a two-hour lecture on quantum physics?"
- Also a possible reason for why all the stuff destroyed 80 years ago weren't repaired or renewed in the 80 years between time periods. Peter knows what needs to be and what needs not to be when he is CEO in 2099.
- Title Drop: In the endgame:
Miguel: I'd rather not bring our deadline up against the Edge of Time!
- Tonight Someone Dies: The two Spider-Men are working to prevent the death of Amazing Spider-Man. The title screen even has Spider-Man 2099 carrying Peter's corpse.
- The Usual Adversaries: Atrocity's tentacles keep annoying both Spider-Men.
- Villainous Breakdown: Peter Parker 2099 starts ranting at Miguel as he is defeated.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Alchemax CEO, aka Peter Parker 2099, explains to Spider-Man 2099 his plan: he wants to harness the quantum energy from Sloan's gateway and rewrite history to reverse Amazing Spidey's mistakes, including the deaths of Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy and her father. However, as pointed out by Spidey 2099, he's trying to play God and harness power no human is meant to, and he'll most likely just end up destroying himself and all of reality. The CEO ignores him.
- What Are Records?: Miguel is rather unfamiliar with past tech and terms, not knowing about the World Series, cell phones or even toasters.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Both Spider-Man call each other out on this. Amazing Spidey chews out his future counterpart for allowing innocents to die by not doing anything while Spidey 2099 snarls at him about not focusing on fixing the time stream.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The 2099 Black Cat, according to her unlocked bio, was programed with a crippling agoraphobia(fear of wide open spaces) to keep her from ever escaping Alchemax.
- You Fight Like a Cow: It's Spider-Man for crying out loud, and he's being written by Peter David to boot.