9 Fun Marvel-Themed Games You Can Play
To date, there is no other cinematic universe more popular than Marvel. In just over a decade, the famous film and television studio redefined franchise movies, with its 22 films grossing some $17 billion. Through iconic superheroes like Captain America, Wolverine, Loki, and many more, Marvel’s movies evolved into one of the things fans look forward to each year since 2008. Unfortunately, with the ongoing global health crisis causing the world to come to a standstill, 2020 became the first year in a decade to go without an MCU film. Black Widow, which was initially due for release last year, was officially delayed to this year, 2021.
Thankfully, there are still many ways fans can keep enjoying the franchise and their favorite characters while waiting for the next movie installment — and one of these is through video games. In this list, we’ve gathered together a selection of online, mobile, and video games inspired by Marvel:
1. Marvel-Branded Slots
If you’ve ever dreamt about winning a jackpot, you can try your hand at some Marvel-themed slots. Gala Spins describes how Playtech collaborated with the Marvel franchise to release online themed slots including a cast of popular characters like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and The Fantastic Four. In recent years, these titles have become some of the most popular online slots available. Depending on whether you manage to hit combos like Power, Extra Power, Super Power, and Ultimate Power, you have the chance to win exciting jackpots.
2. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3
Released in 2019, one of the Marvel-inspired games you can play on your Nintendo Switch is the third installment of ‘Marvel Ultimate Alliance’. It draws inspiration from the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ storylines, enabling you to team up with your favorite heroes in a top-down dungeon crawler setting. The good news is that Attack of the Fanboy’s online game guide describes how you can form a team of four with your friends in the co-op option of the game.
3. Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
If you’re looking for a battle, this is it. Compatible with PC and a PlayStation and Xbox systems, you can create a unique pairing of your three best players ranging from characters like Doctor Strange, Rocket Raccoon, and Ryu. They’ll face off against three of your opponent’s character picks, and you have 36 to choose from so you can always switch it up. With realistic fighting mechanics and an awesome soundtrack, you’re sure to enjoy many hours of competitive gameplay.
Everyone’s favorite violent yet comedic Marvel character stars in this action-adventure game compatible with PlayStation and Xbox platforms. True to his character, Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and finds out he is getting his own video game. He makes reference to various Internet memes, gets into violent battles, and ultimately wrecks Mr. Sinister and his army of clones. Even though it was released in 2013, it’s still a highly playable game that contains loads of hysterical moments. Deadpool’s iconic humor shines like no other.
The 2018 release of this game was exclusively for PlayStation 4 owners, and is said to be one of the best iterations with Peter Parker’s well-loved character. The Game of the Year Edition includes exclusive downloadable content from ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, with three post-launch story chapters giving you new missions, challenges, and enemies to overcome. Plus, there are even more suits to unlock to customize your character.
6. Marvel Super War
Available on both iOS and Android and released in 2019, ‘Marvel Super War’ is an action-packed mobile collaboration between NetEase and Marvel. It’s a free-to-play third-person multiplayer online battle arena game, which is the first of its kind. You can play as a fighter, energy, marksman, assassin, tank, or support and it even includes characters like Mantis, Groot, and Star-Lord. The controls are relatively simple to pick up so it’s great for a variety of audiences.
7. LEGO Marvel Collection
Technically, it’s made up of three games in one, but this PlayStation 4 and Xbox One-compatible series promises family fun for those aged 10 and up. It also comes with season pass content for every game so it’s a must-have for LEGO and Marvel fans. For those who are curious, it includes LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 so you can explore every possible storyline to your heart’s content.
8. Iron Man VR
One of the most sought-after Marvel characters is Iron Man. This character’s merchandise ranges from humble key chains and cute Funko Pop! collectibles to full-on mechanical suits and special edition SUVs. So, it really isn’t surprising that Iron Man has successfully seeped into VR. Released in July last year, this game brings virtual reality tech exclusively for the PlayStation VR platform, finally allowing players to fly through the skies as Iron Man. According to reviews, you can experience real-life aerodynamics in Tony Stark’s envious suit through intuitive controls, while having access to his plethora of weaponry to blast away enemies.
9. Marvel’s Avengers
There have been countless spinoffs for the game Marvel’s Avengers, but the most recent one promises fans the perfect mix of the original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay. With single-player and four-player co-op options, this game is able to provide a good campaign that can keep players engaged and intrigued. With a new character lineup to look forward to, Marvel’s Avengers will only keep on getting more and more exciting.
Whichever way you look at it, there are countless titles and games you can choose from to celebrate every major moment in Marvel history. 2020 promises to be an amazing year for new releases with even better graphics, so it’s best to be ready for more action!