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The Animated Series Inspired Marvel’s Midnight Suns

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns creative director Jacob Solomon has opened up about the various pieces of media that inspired the game’s tone, including the fan-favorite X-Men: The Animated Series.


“That’s a great question,” Solomon told AusGamers when asked how much ’90s flair he injected into Midnight Suns‘ script. “What we did writing-wise, and this was part of the beginning when we started our writing. With Marvel you’ve always got to find your footing, but we tried to make sure that they would understand that just like the Midnight Sons comic, we told Marvel ‘Yeah this is a very dark setting, the theme is very dark. However, we are going for Saturday morning cartoon.’ Genuinely, our goal was Saturday morning cartoon where the characters are earnest, they take the situation they’re in seriously. They’re not in on a joke or anything like that, however, they’re earnest about what they’re doing, but we still have a lot of humor and we’re not overly serious.”

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Solomon continued, “So we thought of the X-Men cartoon, we thought of those ’90s comics and just that Saturday morning cartoon vibe, like the old Dungeons & Dragons cartoon where the stakes are high and the characters in them are taking the situation seriously, but it still has a little bit of cheese to it where you can take it. There’s some lightheartedness, there’s a lot of jokes. Yes, that is absolutely the tone, and so it was a thing where we were finding our footing with Marvel. They were, like, ‘Whoa.’ And they were fine with it, but we had to explain to them, ‘Yeah, we really view our tone as a Saturday morning cartoon vibe.’ Which I think fits with the original comic.”


Marvel’s Midnight Suns Launches in December

Based on the supernatural Marvel Comics team known as the Midnight Sons, Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a tactical role-playing game developed by Firaxis and published by 2K in collaboration with Marvel Games. The game is currently scheduled to launch for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on Friday, Dec. 2.

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Meanwhile, though X-Men: The Animated Series concluded back in 1997 following a five-year run, the beloved cartoon is currently gearing up for a revival. Produced by Marvel Studios, X-Men ’97 is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in 2023, with most of The Animated Series‘ original voice cast returning.

Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K, Marvel’s Midnight Suns goes on sale Dec. 2 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch versions will launch at a later date.

Source: AusGamers

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