One player of Marvel’s Spider-Man discovered a serious flaw with the bathroom of billionaire and sometimes-villain Norman Osborn in a recent playthrough, sharing a clip of the hilarious oversight online. Many fans of Insomniac Games’ first foray into the superhero genre have been eagerly awaiting Sony’s May PlayStation Showcase where it’s likely that new information about the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 will be revealed.
Released to critical acclaim in 2018 for Sony’s PlayStation 4, Marvel’s Spider-Man is regarded by many players as one of the best superhero games ever made. Featuring an original story that sees Spider-Man trying to thwart the mysterious Mister Negative’s plans to unleash a virus on the citizens of New York City, Marvel’s Spider-Man was lauded for its narrative, fast-paced combat, and innovative web-swinging mechanics that made exploring the game’s open world a thrilling experience. Having already raised the bar for superhero titles with the first game’s release on PlayStation consoles and PC, the narrative director on the sequel recently stated that the studio wants Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 to be Insomniac’s best game yet.
In a new video shared to r/SpidermanPS4, one Redditor pointed out one important object that was conspicuously absent from New York mayor and Oscorp CEO Norman Osborn’s otherwise-lavish bathroom. Only noticing it for the first time on their third playthrough of the game, Redditor JurassicGuy5000’s video shows them exploring the colossal bathroom only to realize that there’s no toilet to be found. Although the bathroom features a luxurious tub and a million-dollar view, it appears that the wealthy industrialist forgot to include what is arguably the room’s most important fixture.
The short clip of the unusual omission from Osborn’s bathroom was a hit with fans of Marvel’s Spider-Man on Reddit, with several responses offering up creative explanations for the missing toilet. One commenter posited that Osborn uses the window instead when nature calls, leading another to quip that they “Can see Norman doin it lol.” Another Redditor joked that billionaires don’t have time for bathroom breaks, stating, “It’s the grindset you wouldn’t understand.” Making a rather unsanitary implication, one post stated, “It’s right there in the middle. It has stairs leading up to it.” A decidedly less scatological response offered a more practical explanation for the lack of traditional plumbing, suggesting that it was a personal spa and treatment room rather than a traditional bathroom.
Given the vast resources at his disposal, it seems unlikely that a billionaire like Norman Osborn would forget to include such an important plumbing fixture. It’s far more likely that Insomniac Games decided to eschew a bit of realism in an attempt to avoid inadvertently injecting comedy into an otherwise tense mission. But maybe some enterprising player will eventually take it upon themselves to give Osborn his missing toilet with a cheeky mod for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Remastered.
Marvel’s Spider-Man is available now for PC, PS4, and PS5.
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