Meet Spider-Cat, your new favourite character in ‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.]
Well that Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is in the world, players everywhere have the opportunity to meet their next favorite superhero. No, it’s not necessarily the title character, although he distinguishes himself as New York’s only Spider-Man. And it’s not Miles’ mother Rio Morales who is running a mayoral campaign by rallying the support of her Harlem neighbors against the evil energy company Roxxon, although she’s a solid supporting character too. No, the best character in the game doesn’t have superhero powers, doesn’t fight oppression or gentrification, and isn’t human at all. It’s a cat. It’s … spider cat!
Technically, Spider-Cat’s first name is “Spider-Man,” which leads to some really funny, if confusing, moments in Miles Morales. The cat belongs (as much as any cat can) to bodega owner Teo, who is introduced through a mission in an early story. The long and short of it is that some thugs robbed the bodega and took Teo’s cat. It’s up to Miles to get Spider-Man back. But that’s only half the story and only part of the reason why Spider-Cat is such a delight among fans.
Insomniac Games recently made fun of it with a meme-worthy Shaq attack and a Spider-Cat reveal:
TFW They realize that tomorrow you will be playing Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on PS5 or PS4! # MilesMoralesPS5 # MilesMoralesPS4 pic.twitter.com/jQObqxFUqN
– Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) November 11, 2020
But to understand why Spider-Cat is such a delight you not only have to complete the bodega mission, but also the main story of Miles Morales. (Or just finish reading this story.) Why? Because one of the last missions in the game is “The Cat’s Pajamas”. The successful completion of this side mission, which is just coming to the bodega to visit Teo and “Spider-Man”, will unlock the bodega cat costume. This chic outfit gives Miles a comfortable hoodie to wear over his spider suit, but it also comes with a stylish backpack that has Spider-Cat in, wait for it! “Spider-Man” will soon appear out of your backpack with its own little Spider-Man mask. But this cat has so much more to offer than meets the eye.
I mean, first of all, it’s off the charts on the cuteness scale. You run around doing spider stuff and the cat just chills in your backpack, rummaging around occasionally to get comfortable, sometimes showing up to paw in the air, generally doing cat stuff while wearing her super cute mask . But beyond that, Spider-Cat will even help you in battle! If you trigger a finisher as Miles while wearing the bodega cat suit, the cat will grab the baddies with a well-timed slap from time to time to get itchy fever. If you think this is putting Spider-Cat in danger, you are right. But it turns out that Spider-Cat is surprisingly nail-proof.
The next chapter of the Marvel Spider-Man universe is here! Play # MilesMoralesPS5 and # MilesMoralesPS4 today! #BeGreater #BeYourself pic.twitter.com/ZmWHmJXNoo
– Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) November 12, 2020
Playing Miles Morales from above with the Bodega Cat suit in NewGame + not only allows you to re-time the Bodega Cat mission in a bizarre meta-experience, but also highlight the punishment Miles suffers in-game. Why? Because you worry about that damn backpack cat every time Miles rolls on the floor, slams into a wall, or is thrown into a tank of water with explosive force. And a LOT happens! But Spider-Cat is more durable and resilient than most because it has weathered all the damage Miles takes without a whisker going out of place. It is really remarkable. And that’s why “Spider-Man the Bodega Cat” is our favorite character from Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.