Marvel Is Taking Over Video Games in 2022
Over the past decade or so, Marvel Studios has taken over the box office and propelled comic book movies to the top of the charts. No one will argue that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a masterclass in how to create a cohesive universe across multiple projects. As the Marvel Universe continues to expand across TV shows on Disney Plus, some fans are left wondering, what could they possibly do next? But, what if they’ve already started what’s next with Marvel Video Games?
It started with Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4, continued with the release of Miles Morales on the PlayStation 4 and 5, and after the Sony PlayStation Showcase a few weeks ago, the bigger picture is starting to reveal itself. Square Enix and Marvel’s Avengers may have been a flop in the eyes of some gamers, though there are still fans that reliably play it. Marvel’s big gambit starts in 2022 and beyond.
In just the last few months they’ve revealed several big-name projects with iconic characters behind them. The first, coming out in less than a month is Guardians of the Galaxy. It looks like James Gunn’s world of the Guardians was ripped off the screen and tossed onto a PlayStation. Unlike the Avengers game, the focus will be on playing just one character and learning more about the Guardians themselves, as opposed to a constantly growing cast of heroes. The focus will also be on story and character growth as opposed to a repetitive gameplay loop.
It’s also been revealed that the Sony Spider-Man franchise is getting a third game titled, Spider-Man 2 and will feature both Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Fans will also be getting their first triple-A take on Venom. But the biggest surprise to be announced during the Sony PlayStation Showcase was the reveal of a Wolverine teaser. No title, no release date, but fans are already rabid with excitement at the idea of playing a game dedicated entirely to Wolverine.
Marvel seems to have hit the ground running when it comes to video games and you can bet that they have more surprises lined up in the months to come. As these games come out and do well, it’ll be like the MCU but for video games. A golden age for comic books and video game nerds.
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