Recently, vice president of games at Marvel Jay Ong, was interviewed at several media outlets to discuss how the company will handle the development of games based on their beloved comic book properties. Without going into too much detail, Marvel will only license out properties that make sense to turn into video games. In the beginning, the company will only permit out a few characters at a time, until developers prove to understand the source material. The interview also indicated there are other Marvel games in early development stages. With that being said, let’s examine the current state of the MCU and Marvel Comics in general to find five Marvel games that may already be in development.
An X-Men video game licensed out by Marvel may be the longest of long shots. In recent years, Marvel has been focusing on the Inhumans as their super team of choice, seemingly going out of their way to kill off or write out anyone who mutters the word “mutant” in their comic books. But the X-Men are stars of two of the most well regarded comic book films of all time. Their different powers, as well as constant moral conundrums, leave the potential for interesting game mechanics.
I’m pulling for this one especially. The X-Men are a metaphor for the fight and struggle those face as “outsiders” of their own society. No one has really nailed the weight of that dynamic quite like the X-Men comics from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Now, where do they go? Maybe an open world Savage Land to find Magneto? Do they travel to the Shi-Ar Empire in space to help Alex Summers fight the Kree and Skrulls? Whatever happens, here’s hoping any future X-Men game remembers the importance of characters themselves.
4) Miles Morales
In the recent interview with Ong, he said a Spider-Man is an easy character to make into a game since he is the most financially successful superhero of all time. Sony also owns the rights to Spider-Man. Miles Morales’ fate may be in the hands of Marvel proper since he was created after they sold Spidey’s IP. It’s clear Sony is hoping to create an ongoing series from Insomniac’s Spider-Man game, to be developed and worked on within the company’s internal studios. So then, how do you get Spider-Man out on all platforms to appease both fans and investors alike?
A Miles Morales game could do just the trick. You can still use Spider-Man as the marketing tool, but employ the stories and characters created from Miles Morales’ own adventures. Two proper, AAA Spider-Man video games would be a pipe dream for comic book fans. Yet I don’t think it is impossible. We’re getting multiple Star Wars games in the next few years. Why not show Spidey the same love?
3) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Coulson and company are often used as middle-men and women to connect smaller events with the larger events on film. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have some interesting plotlines involving Hydra and the revelation of Inhumans. While it isn’t the most beloved of Marvel’s properties, it is also arguably one of the most well-suited to be developed into the video game. Taking control of Agent Coulson, Daisy, and others, players could be tasked to partake in clandestine operations or clean up some mess the Avengers left lying around New York City.
More so than many of the other games on the list, an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. game has the potential to be the most traditional and easy to grasp for those who are not fans of the comics or the MCU. To include basic third person cover mechanics, escort missions, or to defend a stronghold with just a skeleton crew may be easy for many studios. The catch, at least I hope, is this would all be done with the signature Marvel excitement the company has grown to be known for over the past few years.
2) Guardians of the Galaxy
When James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was released in August of 2014, it seemed to take the world by storm, dominating both the media’s attention and the box office during a relatively slow August. It’s one of the MCU’s best outings, allowing audiences to fall in love with Peter Quill, Gamorra, a talking raccoon, a giant tree, and a very funny Dave Bautista. Right after the film released, Marvel and Disney announced a Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon show, alongside the usual merchandise barrage of goodies, such as toys, t-shirts, and Halloween costumes.
Gunn has said a few times on his Twitter account that he approached Guardians of the Galaxy like a space western. Marvel has to realize the potential to play in a crazed galaxy such as the one Star-Lord and company reside in. Imagine if it takes Rockstar’s ability to switch as different characters with Red Dead Redemption’s western humor. Better yet, just ask Rockstar to make a Guardians of the Galaxy game, and I’d be all set.
In my opinion, the one defining aspect of Marvel’s live action properties is how they treat characters, and how they are always looking to challenge and confront their heroes with obstacles that may seem insurmountable. Daredevil fits this mold, as an idealistic superhero is launched into Hell Kitchen’s, where dreams fall prey to corruption and violence. We haven’t really experienced a memorable Daredevil game, either, but the source material is ripe for a video game adaptation.
Why am I so confident, then, there is definitely a Daredevil game in development? For one thing, the property fits what is expected to be the median age of console gamers. Studies have found that more people over the age of 18 play video games, meaning it is a mature audience, and Daredevil’s character can only be fully realized through interpretation and analysis from a more mature mindset. Additionally, he is also the star of several long running comics, and also has a hit Netflix show. He also has a fighting style and story arcs for a game that focuses on character first. I’d love to see Naughty Dog take on the character, but I don’t think they’re actively working on the game.
I haven’t even touched upon the possibility of a Doctor Strange or Captain Marvel game. What do you think? Are you excited for a future with good Marvel video games? Do you think any of these games are in development? Let us know in the comments below!
Liam Crossey enjoys Twitter for its many things to retweet, and is nearly always stressed about the U.S Men’s National Soccer Team.