Like so many of you, I purchased Spider-Man for Playstation 4 yesterday, and managed to put a good few hours into it. It’s a fine game – in particular they’ve nailed the feeling of soaring through the (incredibly clean) New York. Naturally there’s discussion on Twitter, and through the magical medium of abstract thought I came to a fun theory, which I will lay out here. For a laugh.
While I was playing, my wife came in from work and asked “are they trying to make him sound like Tom Holland?” to which I replied, “well, this is Spider-Man.” I recognised the voice, which prompted me to look the game up on IMdB, where I found that Spider-Man is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal who, amongst his dozens and dozens of credits played The Prince in two of the Prince of Persia Trilogy – namely The Sands of Time and Two Thrones.
Now, as you’ll know if you’ve played said Trilogy, in Warrior Within the Prince gains the ability to not only control time (rewinding after a missed jump for example), but the ability to travel through time using special gates, with the palace and associated traps changing from working order to a crumbling, decayed mess. You’ll notice that Lowenthal did not voice The Prince for Warrior Within (the second game of the three). I wonder why that would be… and so we come to the meat of the theory.
(Remember this is for fun).
The Prince (and his voice actor) travelled through time to the present day (well, a few years ago), discovering New York and settling there. Honing the acrobatic skills he’d brought with him, and using his mastery of time to give the illusion of “spidey sense”, he created the character of Spider-Man to help him hide from his enemies, who were still after him in the guise of the various villains of Spider-Man’s universe.
There you go. Silly, isn’t it. Or is it? After all, Prince of Persia…… Peter Parker…..