With the release of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered on PC, now is a good time to look forward to when the spin-off Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales gets the same treatment. Fans are excited for that remaster since there are some things that Miles Morales does better than the first; villains being one of them.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales takes a less-is-more approach to the villains; the roster is much smaller, but each villain stands out in their own way. They either provide fun or difficult boss fights, a memorable storyline, or help expand the Marvel universe that Insomniac Games have created; and in some cases, the villain provides all three.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
It's revealed in a side quest that a group of criminals was working for Kingpin. It's not exactly a surprise since Kingpin is known for keeping his operations going, even in prison. Miles only has one encounter with Kingpin via a video chat, and it's a memorable one. It not only expands the history of Kingpin with a reference to his wife Vanessa, but also establishes a different dynamic between Miles and Fisk.
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He's just as cold and heartless as ever, with Travis Willingham delivering the same calm yet sinister performance he did before. This version of Kingpin is not over-the-top; it's actually a very reserved performance that seems to be taking notes from the Daredevil series. Unfortunately, the one scene isn't enough for Fisk to rise above the other villains in the game.
Technically, this is a faction and not a villain, but since Spider-Man: Miles Morales does not have nearly as many villains as the first game, the Roxxon Corporation counts as a villain entity. Similar to the Silver Sable mercenaries from the last game, Roxxon has its own task force of elite soldiers in high-tech armor. The only difference is that Roxxon is much worse; they are willing to kill anyone who gets in their way and only care about turning Harlem into their personal police state.
They even manage to take over portions of the city and turn themselves into dictators whilst producing more Nuform Energy, thus making regular people and themselves sick. From the moment they are introduced, Roxxon makes it easy to despise them. As a result, it makes it even more satisfying to take them down along with their boss.
Insomniac took Rhino made him even better than before. He's the first boss fight of the game with Miles and Peter working together as a dynamic duo of Spider-People working together to stop the rampaging villain. It ends with a more hands-on approach to the fight compared to the first game. Rhino stands out, even more, when he is upgraded by Roxxon with red armor, and it becomes an intense fight between him, Miles, and Tinkerer.
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The two boss fights against Rhino are not only fun but showcase that he is more than some hired muscle. He can be a deadly threat and when upgraded, he's a danger to the whole city. Rhino also showcases that perhaps future sequels and spin-offs could bring back other villains from the first one in new dynamic ways.
4 The Underground
This gang of technologically advanced domestic terrorists is one of the main factions of villains seen throughout Spider-Man: Miles Morales. They work for the Tinkerer and are decorated with nanotechnology that can allow them to form equipment such as giant fists, swords, and heavy armor.
They are a very refreshing breath of fresh air compared to the generic thugs; not only do they have a different motive other than power, they have different tactics and provide a genuine challenge when fighting them as the inexperienced Miles Morales. The Underground also has a more eye-catching aesthetic about them; they are all decorated in neon purple with outfits that fit a cyberpunk look, as if they would be more fitting for Spider-Man 2099 to fight.
3 Simon Krieger
This is a kind of villain seen many times in comic books, movies, and video games; the heartless runner of a mega-corporation willing to sacrifice anything including innocent lives to make a profit. That's partly why Simon Krieger is not the best villain since he's so similar to the likes of Norman Osborn and Lex Luthor. However, that does not stop him from being effective as a villain that the player will want to take down.
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He's voiced by the talented Troy Baker and like always, Baker delivers on the performance itself. Krieger is introduced as the ultimate silver-tongued businessman who praises Spider-Man, but that is quickly shown to be a cover for a downright twisted individual. He's quick to anger, and Baker swaps to a sinister tone rather well. The only other big downside to Krieger is that there is no big final encounter with him; he's just taken to jail, which is a little anti-climactic for his story.
2 The Prowler
Aaron Davis AKA The Prowler becomes a big part of Miles' story. He starts as a much-needed father figure for Miles since he is the young hero's uncle. They bond, and they work together as Spider-Man and the seemingly reformed Prowler. Prowler even gives one of the more emotional side missions in Spider-Man: Miles Morales that connects Miles even closer to his father and uncle.
Unfortunately, Prowler is one of Miles Morales' most iconic villains for a reason, and it's a sad falling out between Miles and Aaron. Aaron is so heartbroken over his brother's death in the first game that he becomes zealous in trying to protect Miles from any harm; he betrays Miles to Simon Krieger which leads to a tragic battle between uncle and nephew. It's a great boss fight that is as difficult as it is fun, but it also makes the player feel sorry for Miles. The two had such a great relationship, so it makes it hard to see them become total opposites in terms of moral values.
1 The Tinkerer
Insomniac took the Tinkerer and went on their own but welcomed direction with the character. This time, the Tinkerer and Miles Morales are much more connected with the identity of the villain revealed to be his longtime friend Phin. Her brother was murdered by Simon Krieger, and she becomes consumed by rage and vengeance to the point that she hurts innocents trying to bring down Roxxon. Similar to Prowler, it leads to a lot of emotional moments between the hero and the villain that are more tragic than anything.
The multiple fights against Tinkerer continuously get more difficult until the final fight becomes a test of skills. Everything the player has learned and unlocked as Miles Morales has to be utilized in this fight. The way her character arc comes to an end is done in an epic fashion but is likely to leave some players in tears.