Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Next Frontier
Oh my stars and garters, Spider-Man is going to be in the MCU. After all the of rumors, leaked e-mails, and back and forth discussion between Marvel and Sony, they were able to come to an agreement to get the ole’ web-head in movies alongside Robert Downey Jr. and company. To be completely honest, this week’s news isn’t the only reason to be excited about Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The movies, we all know about, but now Marvel will have Netflix shows like April’s Daredevil and soon to come AKA Jessica Jones – not to mention we already have Agents of Shield. There are even comics that share in the MCU; sometimes filling in the gaps of the films. Still, the geek in me is not satisfied. I want more MCU and I’m left wondering, “When will we get video games in the MCU?”
Believe me, I am entirely cognizant of the embarrassment that is movie-to-games adaptations. In reality, I would tell nearly every movie developer to stay out of the gaming industry, but Marvel is different. Storytelling has become a significant and influential element in the gaming industry. Consider games like Telltale’s The Walking Dead or even on a grander scale, Bioware’s Mass Effect and DragonAge series. There are small scale stories and huge operas of stories. They have brought us to tears, made us ponder issues of our lives, and had us in awe of not the just the visual spectacle, but the emotional one, as well. In the last 8 years, Marvel Studios has given us stories of redemption, spy-thrillers, alien threats, and post-battle Shwarma. Talk about a range of scale! I have to think that there is room for its fun and groundbreaking experiences within the kind of ones we’re currently witnessing in modern video games.
The list of characters that “deseve” some attention in the MCU is a long one. There simply isn’t enough time and resources to make all of those films. Like one day when the Earth runs out of room and we have to colonize the moon, Marvel will have to explore other mediums of entertainment for its new universe. The well is deep with stories and characters, powers and personalities. The horizon is inevitable and approaching with great speed. Marvel Studios has been a pioneer in film and now the newest frontier of storytelling is here. Perhaps these are just empty dreams of mine. Still, I can’t help but see great potential for the MCU, and even DC’s newly formed universe, within the macrocosm of video games. So make mine Marvel, but make it in a video game. Let’s face it, my money is already theirs.