This Marvel’s Spider-Man Easter Egg Is Really, Really Sad

A fan of Marvel's Spider-Man attempted to propose to his girlfriend through an in-game easter egg; things didn't go as planned.

on September 10, 2018 2:18 PM

Sometimes Easter Eggs are funny, sometimes they’re thought-provoking, and sometimes they chronicle a really sad break-up in Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Tyler Schultz tweeted at Insomniac Games in May asking for help with proposing to his girlfriend. After agreeing to help him, the team set about finding a unique way of popping the question.

Fast-forward to today, that marriage proposal can be found in-game on a movie theater’s marquee: “Maddie, will you marry me?” The only problem? His girlfriend of five years broke up before with Shultz three weeks prior to Marvel’s Spider-Man’s to be with his brother.

I’m recalling that awkward scene from Spider-Man 3 where Harry and Mary Jane dance The Twist while making an omelet.

Shultz made a video on YouTube about the whole experience which has since been taken down due to violating YouTube’s Terms of Service. He did, however, note that he is open to the idea of someone else using the easter egg as a proposal:

“Regardless, I’m actually kind of happy that it’s in this game. … If anybody else wants to use that as their proposal, please do. … I just want to see someone get married, through that thing,” Schultz said.

Insomniac Games has since offered to change the text to something else, though Twitter–being Twitter–made her delete the thread as people were making some pretty bad recommendations.

Marvel’s Spider-Man released on September 7 for PS4. You can read more about another, more light-hearted, easter egg in the game here.

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Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he recently obtained a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.