Spider-Man Unlimited on smartphones saw a major update last week, which added a bunch of new content to the game, including two versions of Spider-Woman, both from the regular and Ultimate universes. What’s interesting is, the new costume Spider-Woman is wearing won’t make its comic book debut until May 2015. Marvel decided to debut it in the game first.
“We started planning this last May or so,” says Nick Lowe, the editor of the Spider-Woman comic at Marvel. “[Series writer] Dennis [Hopeless] and I were hatching what the book would be and one of the first things I wanted to do was change her costume [both] because I don’t love that costume and she hasn’t really had an alternative to it! At least not for any long stretch of time.”
That said, Marvel didn’t want Spider-Woman wearing a new costume during the duration of the ongoing Spider-Verse storyline, which sees Spider-Men and Spider-Women from different universes banding together to fight off vampires that feed on their kind. The Spider-Man Unlimited game is based on the events in Spider-Verse, though, so Marvel decided to work with Gameloft to debut the costume within the game first.
In fact, Marvel seem rather invested in Spider-Man Unlimited in general. There are plans for the game to continue into 2015, where more fan-focused material will make its debut.