Marvel continues to conquer the box office with its expansive cinematic universe, but their presence in video games hasn't been much to write home about. They have numerous mobile games such as Avengers Academy, Contest of Champions, and Future Fight, some of which are quite good, but not much in the way of big budget console and PC titles. However, that may soon change—there are a number of Marvel titles currently in development.
Telltale Games' 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Telltale Games is known for its narrative-driven adventure titles. Though the company broke onto the scene with its entries in the Sam and Max franchise, they've more recently been the masters of licensed games: The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Tales from the Borderlands, and more.
During the game's announcement, the studio provided the following synopsis:
In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.
Telltale's take on Guardians of the Galaxy was announced during the 2016 Game Awards and will encompass five episodic releases. The first episode is expected in Spring of 2017, likely to coincide with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters. We have no definite release date for the game, but the film will release May 5, 2017.
'Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite'
Marvel vs. Capcom is one of Marvel's few long-running game franchises, which can be attributed moreso to Capcom than Marvel. The Marvel license hung in limbo for a few years as Disney tried—and failed—to bring all of its game development in-house. As soon as Marvel was able to once again license its properties, the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise is back on its feet with Infinite.
Marvel vs. Capcom is a tag-team fighting game franchise with a roster of both Marvel's most famous superheroes and the leading lads and ladies of Capcom's most famous games. Though over 90 characters have appeared over the course of the entire franchise's history, only a handful are known for Infinite.
- Mega Man X
- Captain America
- Captain Marvel
- Iron Man
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is slated for a 2017 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The next Spider-Man title is currently under development by Insomniac Games, the developer behind Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive. For the long-time gamers out there, Insomniac Games also created the original Spyro the Dragon back in 1998.
Though first announced at E3 2016, the game currently has no estimated release window. The game will include Spidey's webslinging and its story will not be a movie tie-in, but a new story created for the game itself. The game is described as an open world action-adventure, but little else is known.
Insomniac's Spider-Man will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
The Avengers Project
The most mysterious Marvel game currently under development is commonly known as The Avengers Project, which itself suggests how little we know about the game(s) or its contents. The Avengers Project is a partnership between Marvel and Square Enix. Both Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics are developers involved with the project. The two developers have previously developed the most recent additions to the Deus Ex and Tomb Raider franchises.
Beyond the teaser trailer, we have no further information on The Avengers Project or what it entails. Given the name of the project and the imagery used in the teaser, however, the game (or games) undoubtedly involve the Avengers themselves. Even the meaning of the Avengers' inclusion is questionable, though. If the game isn't a movie tie-in, the Avengers is an organization rather than a specific group of people. In the comics, many major (and even many minor) characters have been a part of the Avengers at one time or another.
They could even get away with creating a superhero MMO and calling all of the player characters an Avenger. We simply don't know.