Debatably, now is the best time to be a fan of Marvel’s superheroes. The Marvel Studios people are doing extremely well on screens small and big. The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are amazing, and Netflix originals such as Jessica Jones and Daredevil might just be the best thing done by Marvel on TV since, well, ever.
What about the other slice of the entertainment pie? What about gaming? As its top dog, DC as the Batman: Arkham series. It has an amazing studio with Rocksteady, though nobody knows if it will remain with comics, and it is devoted to pushing out its heroes in fantastic ways by employing strong developers. It is also finding success with stuff like Injustice: Gods Among Us. Marvel video games? Other than the LEGO games, which are published by the company that owns DC, it has halted production of good product.
Remember Ultimate Spider-Man? Spider-Man 2? Hulk: Ultimate Destruction? Activision was making really fun Marvel video games back when it was more than a Call of Duty and Skylanders machine.
These days? Deadpool was average, and it is likely one of the best Marvel video games we’ve had in a long time. The newest stuff has almost totally been in the free-to-play mobile genre. Before that they had a sequence of genuine rubbish; Captain America: Super Soldier, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Iron Man 2, X-Men: Destiny, The Amazing Spider-Man. These Marvel video games were some of the worst reviewed games of the previous generation published by top-level companies.
Today Marvel video games are flashbacks to the movie stuff we had growing up. These were video games you rented because you enjoyed the movies, not because you heard they were good. Plain and simply put, they are cash-ins.
Disney now owns Marvel, and Disney has the money to produce great video games. If ever there was a time for fantastic Marvel video games, it’s now. The comics, TV shows and movies are in great shape, but what about the Marvel video games?