The creative director of Spider-Man 2, Bryan Intihar, has confirmed that both the upcoming Wolverine game and the current Spider-Man titles are set within the same version of the Marvel universe, known as “1048.” It confirms suspicions that many players have had — especially because the new game features a Wolverine suit, and of course, both games are being developed by Insomniac Games.
The revelation came during a discussion on Kinda Funny Games podcast, where host Greg Miller questioned whether the two titles existed within the same Marvel universe. Intihar replied succinctly, “they’re all 1048,” leaving no room for ambiguity.
Spidey & Wolverine Set in the Same Marvel Universe
While fans might have expected Wolverine to make a cameo appearance or be referenced in the Spider-Man games, Intihar explained that it was a deliberate decision not to include the character. He stated, “There was a decision not to do it… I think for us, we wanted to let that team cook, and who knows what the future holds, but right now let’s let them do their thing.”
The Wolverine game was officially announced during a PlayStation Showcase event in September 2021, alongside the revelation of Spider-Man 2. At that time, Insomniac Games described the Wolverine title as being in “very early development.” The standalone game is set to be directed by Brian Horton and Cameron Christian, who previously served as the creative leads on Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Insomniac’s head of franchise strategy and studio relations, Ryan Schneider, offered insight into their approach to the Wolverine project, saying:
“In the vein of our Spider-Man games, our goal here is to not only respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular, but also look for opportunities to make it feel fresh and truly reflect the Insomniac spirit. Even though Marvel’s Wolverine is very early in development, from what I’ve seen of its emotional narrative and cutting-edge gameplay, the team is already creating something truly special.“
Spider-Man 2 launched to an overwhelmingly positive critical reception, and it’s gone on to record the biggest launch for a Sony first-party game ever. Many have hailed it as the best superhero game of all time, so it will be interesting to see how Insomniac follows it up with Wolverine.