Marvel’s “Spider-Man” video game released last Friday in the US exclusively on PlayStation 4, and it’s already massively successful.
The game has an 87 on review-aggregator site Metacritic. Game Informer called the game “a triumph of superheroes and storytelling” and GamesRadar said it’s “about as good as superhero gaming gets.” The game’s first-week sales in the UK were better than any other game released this year; its launch numbers in the US are expected soon, and to be stellar.
It would be shocking if Marvel wasn’t looking at the results and considering the video-game possibilities for other superheroes. After the success of the “Spider-Man” game, and with Marvel’s characters more popular than ever thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems inevitable.
Fortunately, Marvel retains the video-game rights to all of its characters, which avoids the kinds of difficulties that the films have faced — until the recent Disney-Fox merger, Fox owned the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Sony, which owned the Spider-Man film rights, made a deal with Marvel so the character could debut in the MCU.
Below are nine characters that Marvel should seriously consider for video games:
The “Black Panther” movie made over $1 billion worldwide and has become a cultural phenomenon with Oscar buzz. An open-world game based on the character, where the player can explore Wakanda as King T’Challa (and maybe even play as Shuri in the science lab for a bit), would be a hit.
Black Widow hasn’t gotten her solo movie yet (it’s in development), but she’d be a blast to play as in a video game, maybe one that bounces back and forth between her present life as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent and her previous life as a Russian spy. Stealth would obviously be a huge factor in the gameplay (think “Tomb Raider”).
A World War II-set video game like “Call of Duty” (with less killing, obviously) but you play as Captain America? It seems like a no brainer.