The love of video games and comic books, especially those featuring heroic or villainous characters, has a strong association among gamers. Many games have been set in the Marvel universe throughout the years, but even diehard fans may need to learn more about the series.
Along with the many Marvel video games, there is more that you can discover from the games released in the earlier years. Here are some interesting facts about different Marvel video games throughout the years.
Dr. Strange Infinity
Disney Infinity 3.0 came out in 2015, and after less than a year, they stopped adding new content. Since then, leaked content has been found in digital art showing Star Wars: Rogue One figures and data mining on the game’s PC version to find Moana content. One of the first things they found was a prototype Dr. Strange toy that looked great.
Dr. Strange is the main character in the movie of the same name. Former employees found him after the job was canceled. In Disney Infinity 3.0, you could play like him.
We only know about Dr. Strange’s figure design and a rough estimate of when he will come out (around the same time as his film). He was also going to be playable in the Marvel Battlegrounds playset. Dr. Strange was going to be added to Disney Infinity 3.0 through an update, but that plan has been scrapped now that Disney Infinity is no longer being made.
Samus and Link in Avengers
Raven Software wanted Link and Samus to be in the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance game for the Wii. But they used in a test kit made for PS2. Nintendo wasn’t too happy, so they didn’t get added to the Wii game after all.
So the story goes, Activision told the developer, Vicarious Visions, also a part of Activision, to add them to “please Nintendo.”
When the models of Link and Samus were finally shown to Nintendo, Nintendo knew they were from the PS2 version, so they probably told Activision to take the characters down immediately or go to court.
Spider-Man 2 Game’s Release Delay
The 9/11 World Trade Center attacks caused Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro to be pushed back. This game occurred in New York City, with the World Trade Center in the background. Activision has decided to change a few scenes in Spider-Man 2, which takes place in Manhattan, NY, where Spider-Man lives.
They did this to show respect and sensitivity to the people who died in the World Trade Center attacks and their families. The end of the game happens on a skyscraper that looks a bit like the World Trade Center.
So that there wouldn’t be any trouble, it was put off for a month. Even though the towers were merged into one, they were not completely taken away.
THQ’s Canceled Avengers
THQ was working on an Avengers game before Square Enix bought the rights to make one. It was supposed to come out in 2012, at the same time as the first Avengers movie, but it was also supposed to stand on its own. THQ’s Avengers game moved along quickly until 2011.
It was supposed to come to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and Wii U, but THQ had many problems. It was a first-person brawler, and the Skrulls would invade. There is much to discuss here, so check out Unseen64’s feature to learn more. In 2010, pre-production began on THQ’s Avengers game.
At first, it was supposed to be a third-person game, like those made to go with Marvel movies. THQ wanted to stand out, so a few months later, it changed its plans. The third-person view was gone, and in its place was a first-person camera that put players in the role of one of the Avengers.
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers was Exclusive In Japan
Toei Animation and The Walt Disney Company Japan collaborated on the production of the superhero anime television series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers. The show is based on the Marvel Comics universe and features characters from both franchises. On April 2, 2014, the series aired on TX Network stations in Japan for the first time.
Bandai Namco was responsible for creating and publishing the 3DS video game Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers-Ultimate Heroes, which was released in 2014. The game is tied to the animated series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers.
Regular kids can conjure up legendary heroes like Iron Man and take on their persona for a brief time in the game. Although the game was dubbed into Western languages, it was never exported from Japan.
Japan’s Exclusion in Captain America and the Avengers Release
Data East made Captain America and the Avengers a beat ’em-up arcade game in 1991. It has the Avengers, a group of Marvel Comics characters who fight and shoot their way X-Men Origins: Wolverine through a side-scrolling adventure to stop the evil Red Skull.
The game was ported to the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, and Game Gear. A different Data East game was put out for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
In another strange turn of events for the country, Captain America and the Avengers was given to Japan in its original arcade form. After its first release in 1991, it was ported to the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and other systems, some of which had different versions of the game. For some reason, Japan didn’t get any of these games after the arcade version.
The Silicon Knights Lawsuit
Silicon Knights were known for games like Eternal Darkness and Blood Omen, but Too Human and X-Men Destiny ended the company in many ways. A lawsuit was filed regarding the company copying code from Epic Games to make X-Men Destiny. Unfortunately, Silicon Knights lost the lawsuit.
A US court has told Silicon Knights to take back and destroy all unsold copies of games like Too Human and X-Men: Destiny that use Unreal Engine 3. In the case between Silicon Knights and Epic Games, the new ruling on post-trial motions raised Epic’s jury award from $4.5 million to over $9 million.
The ruling also says that Silicon Knights must stop using “Licensed Technology” from Epic Games and take it out of the company’s game engine. Silicon Knights must get rid of any code made with Epic’s technology, including Too Human, X-Men: Destiny, Siren in the Maelstrom, The Sandman, and The Box/Ritualyst.
Spider-Man’s Girl Next Door Secret Code
There is yet another Spider-Man game featuring stuff that has been omitted due to controversy. There was a cheat code that players could enter in the PS2 game that was tied in with the first movie, and it was GIRLNEXTDOOR.
Players could then assume the role of Mary Jane if they entered this code. Although this was a rather nice Easter egg, it did make it possible for Mary Jane to kiss herself in the future. The developers never even considered the possibility of this scenario.
In any case, it was eventually eliminated, and a new pressing of the CD was made. Again, if a person has an earlier edition of the book that hasn’t had this text removed, they might be able to sell it for some money.
The Fox Effect on Marvel Universe Games
One would assume that Marvel controls who is allowed to appear in video games. Things became more confusing because Sony controlled the movie rights to Spider-Man and Fox had the rights to the X-Men for a considerable time.
This led to confusion because many of these rights also extended to merchandising. Although the X-Men have always played a significant role in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, they were unable to appear in the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite video game.
Since Fox has recently been acquired, a situation like this won’t arise again. Who could say? On the PlayStation 4, fans may be able to play a video game starring the X-Men that is comparable to Marvel’s Spider-Man.
The X-Men Origins: Wolverine Game
The tie-in game for X-Men Origins: Wolverine for PS3 and Xbox 360 was great. That’s interesting on its own, but here’s something even more enjoyable. It had a fun little secret for people who liked the show Lost, which shows how old this game is.
Based on the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a hack-and-slash action-adventure video game. On May 1, 2009, the same day the movie came out, the game came out for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation Portable. There was also a version of the game for cell phones.
The game was mostly made by Raven Software, which used the Unreal Engine to make it. The standard version came out for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii (rated T), and Nintendo DS (rated E10+). The Uncaged Edition came out for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows (rated M for more violence).
There have been many video games set in the Marvel universe over the years, but even die-hard fans of the series can learn more about the series. We hope you enjoyed these interesting facts!