Sometime in April, News broke out that Telltale Games, creator of the critically-acclaimed Walking Dead videogame, announced its partnership with Marvel Entertainment to develop a game set in the Marvel Universe. The duo has yet to reveal details about the the game other than it is set to come out in 2017.
Telltale Games is no stranger to adaptations of established franchises as it is also responsible for the excellent Wolf Among Us videogame set in the Fables Universe, as well as other recent adaptations set in the Game of Thrones and Borderlands Universes.
Here at Geekend Gladiators, we can not be happier about this exciting news and began speculating which Marvel property, story or character/s should Telltale give its famous narrative-driven treatment, Here’s what we got so far:
The Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU is Marvel’s biggest and most successful mainstream property right now. It seems highly unlikely that they would waste such a good opportunity to expand that universe. Setting the game in the MCU will also bring it to another established genre allowing it to add to its already massive fanbase.
Now that we’ve addressed the huge possibility of the game being set in the MCU, this opens up a ton of options story-wise. Let’s try to narrow down the field by considering the state of Marvel movies by 2017:
-The Superhero Civil-War has just broken out in Captain America: Civil War which comes out in May 2016.
-Stephen Strange and the whole magical side of the MCU has been introduced in the Doctor Strange movie in November of the same year.
-Marvel is gearing up for Guardians 2, Thor: Ragnarok and the Marvel Spiderman, all of which come out in 2017.
Telltale is very flexible in delivering the tone of its games. Its most recent offerings are pretty dark and gritty, such as Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. However, they are also capable of doing something incredible light and fun, such as Back to the Future or Tales from the Borderlands. For their Marvel game, I suspect them to favor the lighter side of storytelling than the dark.
Given these factors we have formulated the following theories:
Theory 1: Setting up MCU 2017
Marvel may want to set-up its upcoming movies in 2017 by either crafting a prequel of sorts to its 2017 releases. We may see a galaxy hopping epic starring Star-lord and the Guardians; A story set in Asgard just before everything goes to Hel (literally); or we might just get a Spiderman Telltale game, which I don’t know about you, but to me sounds all sorts of awesome.
Theory 2: Marvel Civil War
Marvel may choose to go back and supplement the then concluded Civil War if the movie turns out to be a big hit. An investigative news drama ala the Civil War Frontline comicbook series could be interesting (unfortunately it would not be starring fan favorite journalist Ben Urich, due to the events presented in the MCU tie-in Netflix Series Daredevil.)
Still in the Civil War storyline, A story chronicling the adventures of the New Warriors would also prove to be interesting. It could star Speedball, a young superhero who, as some of you may know is essential to the Civil War storyline.
They could also opt to utilize a less central character such as a new recruit of the Avengers Initiative trying to learn the ropes. Or better yet, as a recruit in the Caterpillars team from the Secret Warriors ( a personal favorite, I might add) as they carry out clandestine sabotage missions under Nick Fury or Agent Coulson. You could also play as the drill sergeants/ mentors/ leaders of the respective teams in Gauntlet and Daisy Johnson respectively, possibly leading to some complex strategic and moral choices.
Theory 3: Black Widow
There has been a huge demand from the MCU fanbase that Natasha Romanov, a.k.a Black Widow be given a solo movie. Despite this, Marvel Studios doesn’t seem to be hearing the pleas. What if this is Marvel’s way of giving the fans what they want?
Think about it: a Black Widow narrative driven game that explores her origins with the KGB then defecting to SHIELD then finally culminating with her in action with the Avengers. It can seamlessly incorporate the tough moral choices that Telltale is known for, given that Black Widow is a morally ambiguous character who is no stranger to tough decisions. It can also offer a wide variety of situations from epic superhero brawls to clandestine assassination missions. I take it back, now I want a dark and mature Marvel Game!
Theory 4: Chronicles of the Watcher
Then again, the final game might involve all of these possibilities in a compilation similar to what they did in the Walking Dead: 400 days. It would be a sort of anthology approach with the Watcher showing the players little slices of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This way also allows the game to present stories in other Universes such as the late Ultimate Universe or Marvel 616. However with the current direction of the comics, doing away with their “multiverse”, this seems unlikely.
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