In a recent conversation with IGN at DICE 2017, Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann spoke about future video games in the Marvel universe and just what kind of freedom developers have with their iconic characters. He stated that developers don’t need to tie the characters that they are working with into the 60+ years of comic book canon that some characters have while also stating that they don’t need to tie in to Marvel’s cinematic universe in any way.
Rosemann talked about the freedom he wants developers to have when working on Marvel games saying:
We want all of our games to tell an original, all new story. We want [our development partners] to have passion, we want them to put their stamp on the games. It’s their game. We want it to be their vision.
He went on to say however that Marvel is very much aware of where its audience is familiar with certain characters. For example, most people know the Guardians of the Galaxy from the film franchise whereas someone like Spider-Man is essentially a cultural icon and would be recognized in almost any form. This is in part why Insomniac Games has added their own spin on the character by using the large white spider symbol on the character’s suit in their upcoming PS4 game.
Rosemann ended by talking about what characters we may see in games in the future stating:
We want every game to be game of the year. So we’re focusing on each game at a time. We know there are certain characters people are really hungry for, [but] right now we’re just going to focus on getting those right.
Currently there are only four Marvel games in production: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guardians of the Galaxy: The TellTale Series, Insomniac’s PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game, and the recently announced The Avengers project from Square Enix. Guardians of the Galaxy and MvC: Infinite are both slated to release in 2017 while more news on Spider-Man and The Avengers project will be revealed in the future.