Your LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has just landed some major points with the queer community.
In the recently released video game Marvel’s Spider-Man, the player gets to swing Peter Parker around modern-day New York City using his super sticky web. It’s during these free roaming sessions where the player might encounter an LGBTQ easter egg in the form of a pride flag.
Fans of the game have taken screenshots and have reacted positively to the rainbow flags and murals scattered throughout game’s open world.
It’s unclear how many pride flags are hidden throughout the game, but trust and believe that players are out there searching for all of them.
Jacinda Chew, the art director for the game, tweeted that she was “glad people are noticing this detail.”
In addition to the pride flags, some LGBTQ users talked about how great it was to feel seen in a video game and touched on the issue of needing more variations of representation.
People cheerfully posting Spider-Man selfies with a pride flag is the cutest thing and warms my heart.
But the happiness they show for such minimal effort representation also speaks volumes to how little our lives are still portrayed in popular video games.
— Erwin Vogelaar 🦄 (@ErwinVogelaar) September 10, 2018
Lmao I don’t feel like image of Spider-Man next to a pride flag erodes my trust. It makes me feel accepted and safe, just like it does for other LGBTQ people. 🤷
— Phi @ it still costs $0 to love Keith Kogane (@zephyrphoenixxx) September 11, 2018
The Pride flag in Spider-Man PS4 is irrefutable proof that I am gay for Spider-Man.
— agtha (@ducksurd) September 10, 2018
While there is still more work to be done in LGBTQ representation in video games, this is an amazing win.