Is A Marvel Gaming Universe Possible?

With the recent success of Spider-Man are we in store for a barrage of Marvel games and will they stay as Sony exclusives?

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FallenAngel198432d ago

No it’s not possible or practical

CyberSentinel32d ago

....and yet there have been more Marvel game franchises over the generations,
then DC.

FallenAngel198432d ago

Dafuq does that have to do with a connected universe? And what does DC have to do with anything?

SuperSonic9132d ago

Creative Director of Spider -Man PS4 said that the game is intended to be what the Iron Man movie of 2008 was to MCU films.
Insomniac already laid the ground work for MCU in video vames.
Watch Kinda Funny Games Spoilercast with Brian Intihar.

FallenAngel198432d ago

For a game developer it’s still not practical. Insomniac took four years(2014-2018) to develop this one Marvel game whereas in four years Marvel Studios was able to produce 2 Marvel movies(2005-2009). Taking that long a gap between installments isn’t suitable for a universe, it is for a franchise however.

Marvel Studios does nothing but produce Marvel movies, whereas Insomniac will still want to produce their own original content. Even if Insomniac cancelled all their future original properties, and nobody would want that, they don’t have the man power to maintain an expansive game universe. They do have the manpower to maintain this Spider-Man franchise however.

Plus why would you even want to? You can do far more in one game than you can across multiple movies. This game one game has so much lore & backstory which’d take at least 4 Spider-Man movies to reach. Square Enix can come out with that Avengers game with no buildup and nobody would complain because that’s how crossovers are always handled in this industry. On the opposite side of the spectrum what’d even be the payoff? We’ve already seen Spider-Man interact with other Marvel characters in other crossover games as well as in his own standalone games, so seeing this one do it would just be run of the mill instead of being special.

Plus in this industry multiple incarnations of the same character will be seen across different games, so it makes even less sense for any publisher or developer to maintain a stable game universe. In the movies you only see one incarnation of a character with few exceptions, so audiences can easily keep track of things. It’s the complete opposite with games. And I sure as hell don’t want to see any characters excluded from appearing in one game because they’re in another.

In short it’s far more practical to do a franchise than something big and interconnected. After the travesty that happened to Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, we’ve already seen what damage a connected universe can do to a game, and that wasn’t even connected to the MCU but was heavily influenced by it. If corporate meddling to make things connected can ruin a title in a prolific series like that, it can potentially ruin anything.

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AspiringProGenji32d ago

No because Marvel doesn't own enough developers to do that, and with their plans of giving their Ips to different companies I can see them all coming together to make a shared universe

CyberSentinel32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Imagine a black panther (arkham style) game.
The two heroes have similarities. Both are wealthy, martial arts, use high tech gadgets,
no natural superhuman powers, high intelligence, and fearless.

PhoenixUp32d ago

Then just go play the Batman: Arkham games instead of hoping for an imitation

CyberSentinel32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

I have, great games. I still want a BP game.
Captain America, Hulk and Wolverine were also great games.
I even liked Thor, Green Lantern and both Iron man games.

I can't wait for Square/Enix Avengers.

DarXyde32d ago

I would rather a Black Panther game play more like a "wide-linear"/open world Ninja Gaiden than the Arkham games, personally.

P_Bomb32d ago (Edited 32d ago )

Depends what the end game is. I could see something modest like a cameo from Insomniac’s Peter Parker in a Hulk game (8 years of wiggle room there), or something like F.E.A.S.T popping up in a FF/Daredevil/Punisher game set in NYC. But nothing major gameplay wise.

It’d be hard with different publishers, same way the MCU is roadblocked by Universal when it comes to making another Hulk movie, Fox when it comes to X-Men, Sony with Venom. Too many moving parts. Licenses. It was a thing even getting Spider-Man into Lego Marvel Avengers. They added him as free DLC months later.

ImGumbyDammit32d ago

Universal doesn't own the film rights to Hulk anymore. Marvel has those again. Universal may still have the rights for distribution and that is why there has not been a reboot of Hulk, as Disney doesn't want to give any money to Universal. Fox has been bought by Disney so Marvel can do anything they want with X-Men. Sony better play nice with Disney if they expect that Spider-Man games to keep being exclusive.

CarlDechance31d ago

"Sony better play nice with Disney if they expect that Spider-Man games to keep being exclusive. " can't help yourself, can you? Disney/Marvel and Sony have formed a great working relationship. It is in the best interest of ALL involved to keep it that way. This isn't a one-way street no matter how much you would like to pretend it is.

GameBoyColor32d ago

with how long it takes to schedule a game, pick a company, then go through all the development and marketing for a single game, I don't think it's possible unless Disney/Marvel acquire a game company themselves.