NOTE: While this article contains no story spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, it does spoil the ending of one of the game’s sidequests, so be warned if you want to go in completely blind.
Aside from fighting Kraven, Venom and the other major villains that appear in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, you have plenty of sidequests to get involved in in New York. Somewhere in the beginning of the game, you are given the mission to collect Spider-Bots scattered around the map.
These are small robots that ping a visible signal from a distance. There are many of them on the map, and even if they are fairly easy to spot, it can be a chore to collect the dozens. Fortunately, I’ve made that effort, so I don’t have to.
As you collect the Spider-Bots, you get the occasional phone call from Ganke, who tells you that the frequency of the signal from these bots seems to come from thousands of miles away. At first, Spider-Man and Ganke think that these robots could be from outer space.
But over time, it slowly becomes clear that these Spider-Bots are in fact coming from New York. Or, rather, different versions of them. All the robots have different designs, most of which are modeled after the suits you can unlock in the game, indicating that they belong to different Spider-People in the Spider-Verse.
Once you finally collect the last Spider-Bot, you will determine where they came from. On your way to any wall in Hell’s Kitchen, you’ll see an interdimensional portal open up in front of you. If you weren’t sure before that this is a direct reference to Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, this portal should tell you otherwise.
On the other side of the portal is a mysterious woman named Delilah. This highly skilled assassin is a character some Spidey fans may know, but for the uninitiated, in Across the Spider-Verse Delilah was meant to appear in a deleted scene. She runs the Bar With No Name, a meeting place for villains that serves all the infamous villains in Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery. Although Delilah didn’t make it into the animated film, she certainly appears here, with a nostalgic game look.
After a brief exchange of dialogue, with Peter or Miles having no idea who Delilah is, the bartender demands all the Spider-Bots back and then tells miguel not to tell about this whole ordeal. Left completely confused, the portal then closes in on our Spider-Man before continuing their web-slinging adventure.
This is not exactly a stunning cameo, but it is a nice nod to the Across the Spider-Verse movie, in the same way Spider-Man from the PS4 game appeared in the animated film earlier this year. Perhaps it also indicates that Delilah may appear in Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, even if she missed her appearance in the sequel. Even from her reference in the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse artbook, it appears that she is a popular character. Perhaps she could even return for a third Spider-Man game if Insomniac goes the Spider-Verse route.
What do you think of Delilah’s appearance in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2?