Hey everyone, Hispanic Heritage Month is officially underway and here at Insomniac Games, we’re proud of the work that brought Marvel’s Spider-Man into a cultural representation of the Morales family and former (sometimes referred to as Spanish) Harlem. : Miles walked in Morales. . As someone who comes from a Hispanic background, I felt a powerful connection to Miles’ story, so I’m happy to share the details that helped establish the game’s representation and help people like myself in Marvel’s New York. To give meaningful recognition. I have the honor of speaking with writers, artists, animators and audio designers at Insomniac, who collaborated with our own studio talent to make Latin America’s dialect trainers, mentoring groups, actors and Hispanic representation feel real and unique Is. . The team also traveled to East Harlem to study the neighborhood and learn about the people who consistently make it a vibrant place to live.
So, let’s talk about how the atmosphere was affected by Miles’s apartment. Originally his grandmother’s, the apartment is a tribute to Puerto Rican culture and celebrates Miles’ roots. Paintings that depict Puerto Rican dancers and pueblos are hung on the walls along with flags, straw hats and family portraits. Meanwhile, Puerto Rican staples like figurines of the coqui frog, inspired by the country’s national animal, are found on shelves and as refrigerator magnets. The set also includes wooden Santos statues that indicate Abuela’s religious upbringing. during the sequence Christmas Eve, Ryo can be found in the kitchen frying toasts while pastels are boiled in a stock pot. Keen eyes can find other mouth-watering dishes such as flan and fresh empanadas on plates with a bowl of arroz con gandule. When we spoke to Puerto Rican counselors, they reminisced about their childhood and Christmas gatherings, giving a detailed account of visiting their grandparents’ homes. Specifically, we wanted Puerto Rican players to feel a sense of home and comfort, so we included little details that would take them back to those moments of growing up.
Music also plays an important role in connecting Miles to his legacy. In Christmas Eve, players are given a choice of music to choose from for the party, each featuring prominent figures in Miles’s life: a jazz tune by his father; An R&B track by Uncle Aaron; And from Abuela, a salsa tune that few may recognize this christmas (“This Christmas”) by Puerto Rican salsa musicians Willie Colón and Hector Lavo. You can also listen at the election rally of Rio Morales la gozadera, a reggaeton dance tune by the Cuban musical duo Gente de Zona. The selection was inspired by the songs you’d hear at Latin-American events: the Willie Colon classic can be heard at family gatherings during the holiday season, meanwhile the Gente de Zona promotes parties and encourages Latin Americans to sing and dance. invites you to celebrate your diversity through .
On the streets of East Harlem, you’ll see other cultural Hispanic touchstones: beautiful murals depicting the lives of people in the community – friends, family, fraternity, elders playing sports and children playing sports; ambient sounds of salsa music that attracts neighbors to dance in the streets; And balconies and alleyways are decorated with Puerto Rican flags. One aspect of Harlem that also caught the eye of the team were the family-owned businesses that line each block. It’s the shops run by the neighborhood, the center of Spanish Harlem, that inspired us to get the details right. We need to bring life and authenticity to these places to help players feel connected to this part of the city. It was important that the neighborhood felt like it was more than just a backdrop, instead of giving players a home they would fight to defend.
For Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Moraleshandjob The team wanted a diverse and memorable cast that accurately reflected the neighborhood and stood out from the rest of the city. People are at the center of the story and world of our sport, so we put representation through their personalities and physical appearances at the fore. This was achieved by scanning in actors who more closely portrayed the real people of Harlem, capturing their different skin tones, the ages of the community members, and their unique fashion senses. Our writing team also explored the background for each of these characters to connect them to Harlem. Teo lvarez and Camila Vázquez, owners of Teo’s Bodega and Pana Fuerte, are examples of our teams collaborating to create characters, landmarks and stories that enrich neighborhoods with a layer of personality, diversity and connectedness.
It was also important for writers to represent the nuances of language and relationships through dialogue. During the recording sessions, our screenwriters and actors gained insight on the mix of Puerto Rican Spanish and New York English with the help of a dialect coach. As a result, the actors who played Miles Morales and Rio Morales captured the subtleties of Spanglish, mirroring the conversations we have with our parents growing up — or maybe still do! Parents are often a source of love and concern, and we wanted players to feel this through spoken nuance. For example during the rhino chase sequence, when Miles lies to his mother about coconut milk, the conversation takes place More tar in English. But Ryo caught her in a lie: “Look, Mizo, No ce mentiroso!” (“Don’t be a liar!”) It was almost as if I was being scolded by my own mother!
The team wanted to put players in the shoes of Miles Morales, not only as Spider-Man, but as a teenager finding himself in East Harlem. It was important that Miles and the community were represented wholeheartedly, with something as obvious as actual dialogue and even small details like fridge magnets. As a second-generation Hispanic-American, the sport’s focus on representation provided me with a moment of recognition that allowed me to establish and build a deeper connection with Miles. Me Feel like an admirable hero in this world. The attention put into the details of the game is incredible and I’m happy to share some examples of them with you today.
To see the creators behind Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I encourage you to check out the series creator-to-creator in the video below.
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