Some months ago, I gave my predictions for the future of Marvel Comics -“The future’s bright, the future’s Marvel!” In this special edition Week of Marvels, I’ll be casting my eye to the latest information and seeing if Marvel are living up to their promise…
Avengers Alliance remains, to me, the flagship game. To me, the potential of AA has always been integrating it with, and using it to support, events across the broader Marvel sphere. I point to things like the AvX Spec Ops and alternate uniforms, the Infinity Spec Ops, and the addition of Incursions into the game – a concept first revealed in New Avengers comics.
The good news is, that pattern’s continuing.
The great news is, they’re getting even better at it!
Last week, I published an update off the back ofSXSW 2014, where we learned just how Marvel are going to tie AA into Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. The latter is particularly important, because it changes the scale of the game, and adds real potential for future expansion – on a galactic level. It’s pretty clear that AA is here to stay, and is tapping into the broader Marvel Universe.
Fitting perfectly into this, the latest alternate outfit that’s available – as an award for completing the newly-released Chapter 4.
This is smart. First of all, Carol has strong links to the broader Marvel Universe – including the latest comics incarnation of none other than the Guardians of the Galaxy. And secondly, Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios has made it an open secret that movie discussions about Captain Marvel have been discussed “a lot”.
So, for Avengers Alliance, the future is bright.
Marvel Heroes seems to be seeing exactly the same attention; Thor-related content matched the release of Thor: The Dark World, and no doubt the same principle will apply.
And meanwhile, I’m currently getting the hang of Battle of the Atom on the iPhone (and yes, I admit, I’m sad enough that this game was one reason I decided on the iPhone when I chose which new contract to move to). While this seems more linked to the comics narrative, it’s rather impressed me. Marvel are also planning a Days of Future Past mobile game, broadening the X-Men gaming franchise.
Yes, Marvel are definitely striving to live up to their gaming potential.