Spider-Man 2 developer Insomniac Games is promising a fix for a bit of an embarrassing slip-up in an upcoming patch. In what was likely an attempt to represent co-protagonist Miles Morales’ Puerto Rican heritage, the Cuban flag was displayed in the character’s apartment instead.
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Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 has been out for a couple of days now and folks seem to be having a great time with it. Sitting at a 91 on Metacritic, the game featuring dual protagonists Peter Parker and Miles Morales is a hit with fans and critics for sure. Miles himself was introduced to the web-slinging world via the comics back in 2011. Living in Brooklyn, Morales is of Black and Puerto Rican descent. As New York is home to the largest Puerto Rican population in the continental United States, his inclusion is a reflection of Spider-Man’s setting.
Responding to a post on X (formerly Twitter), Insomniac’s director of community and marketing, James Stevenson, recognized the slip-up and promised a fix.
The flub certainly didn’t go unnoticed. “They forgot this guy’s nationality,” one YouTuber remarked. The same video documents the fact that Morales’ suit featuring the Puerto Rican flag was correct, but it’s clear that at some point in development, someone at Insomniac seemed to have overlooked the difference between the two flags.
Though they both feature five stripes, a triangle and a star, the Cuban flag’s stripes are blue with a red triangle, while the Puerto Rican flag is the opposite: a blue triangle with red stripes.
It’s definitely not a good look for Insomniac Games, which had received praise from fans for its representation of Puerto Rican culture in Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Spider-Man 2 is currently available for PS5.
Update, 10/26/2023, 11:00 a.m. ET: Insomniac pushed out a fix for the flag error earlier today. Players have reported spotting the Puerto Rican flag in place of the Cuban one throughout Harlem. “We understand that accurate representation matters, and greatly regret this error,” the studio tweeted. “We sincerely apologize and will do better in the future.”