Who Should Be The Star of Telltale's Marvel Game?

Marvel and Telltale are joining forces to bring you a new episodic adventure set in the Marvel Universe, but who's the star?

You have to admit it; Telltale Games has made some of the best games based on movie/television/comic properties ever. The Jurassic Park: The Game gave us a neat new side-story that ran concurrently to the Jurassic movie and The Wolf Among Us gave us new insight into the history of Fabletown. In each case, Telltale managed to capture the essence of the original property while significantly expanding the mythology of said property.

Needless to say, with that history, we're incredibly excited to see what Telltale can do with whatever property Marvel hands them. Instead of wait like a normal person to get more details on the recently announced game, I'm going to use my knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comics, and video games to wildly speculate about who will star in the Telltale/Marvel game. Keep in mind these are educated guesses, so I'll be discussing material that could contain spoiler potential in the future... If I'm right. 

So here are some scenarios that a Telltale/Marvel game might explore, assuming the game ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe even obliquely. 

Scenario 1: Captain America: Civil War Tie-In

The cast of Captain American: Civil War has already reached upwards of 16 major characters, which makes this movie ripe for a tie-in. A game would be the perfect way to flesh out the background of any of the new Avengers (Falcon, War Machine, Black Panther, or even Agent 13)...but that's also what the comics are for.

Instead, this might be a good time to show us a new superhero squad. A new team could show how to world is the reaction the aliens and superheroes, but it would also be fun for us to see more obscure faces from comics. In this case, those obscure faces would be those of the Thunderbolts. 

The original Thunderbolts (really just Masters of Evil in disguise) were created for Zemo's revenge against Captain America, events that could easily be set up in Captain America: Civil War

Jolt, the only legitimate hero on the team, would be an excellent star for a Telltale/Marvel game, which would focus on her bringing out the good in her evil teammates. 

Of course, there are more iterations of the Thunderbolts than the team led by Baron Zemo. At one point, Captain America creates a Thunderbolts team to rehabilitate former super villains. This team is led by Luke Cage, a reformed villain himself, with a team selected from the inmates of the raft, a jail for super villains. There's potential here (Crossbones is a member of this team and an upcoming character in Captain America Civil War) but this is probably one of the weaker iteration of the Thunderbolts. 

Instead, Telltale could use the Thunderbolt team led by General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (Betty Ross's dad). 

This group of Thunderbolts was created to get down and dirty with the evil warlords of the world. With a team of known killers (Elektra, Red-Hulk, Deadpool, Punisher, Flash Thompson, Ghost Rider) this team is full of kick-ass.

General Ross is scheduled to make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, but  Marvel doesn't own the rights to all of these characters. Still, it's been awhile since we've had any Hulk related material (because Marvel doesn't own those movie rights either), so this would be very fun for fans.  

Scenario 2: Thor: Ragnarok Tie-In

The Marvel/Telltale game is set to release in 2017, the same year that Guardians of the Galaxy 2Thor: Ragnarok, and possibly the Spectacular Spider-Man release. It's not a stretch to assume that the Telltale game might tangentially be related to one or two of these movies. 

Telltale isn't in the habit of using significant characters from the properties it partners with, so a tie-in with Thor: Ragnarok wouldn't directly focus on the most important characters of Asgard. Instead, perhaps the game could focus on Sif and the Warriors Three, filling us in on their adventures between Dark World and Ragnarok

Of course, Sif and the Warriors Three may still be too close to Asgard to be viable subjects. The new game may delve deeper into the Marvel comic universe to find a suitable star. Since Ragnarok is the subject of Michael Avon Oeming's book Avengers Disassembled: Thor, it would make sense to look at some of Oeming's other work. This brings us to Beta Ray Bill.

After Avengers Disassembled: Thor, Oeming wrote Thor: Stormbreak - The Saga of Beta Ray Bill, a story about a horrendous-looking equine monster that has proven himself worthy of Mjolnir. In fact, the Asgardians are fond enough of Beta Ray Bill that they made him his own hammer, Stormbreaker.

With the ending of Thor: Ragnarok still up in the air (bad things happen to Asgard in the comics), Beta Ray Bill is a safe character they can distance from the MCU while still remaining close ties to Asgard. 

Scenario 3: Strictly Comic Book Based Property

While Age of Ultron made a decent box-office showing, people are beginning to wonder if the public is suffering from superhero fatigue. Instead of having the Telltale game tie into the MCU, this is a prime opportunity for showcase some top-tier comics stories from recent years. 

Currently in comics, there has been a push for diversity. Marvel is releasing a new Avengers title with an incredibly diverse team, and many of Marvel's breakout hits (like Ms. Marvel) feature non-white characters. I don't expect Marvel to make Young Avengers into a game, but this is an opportunity for Marvel to support diversity outside the comic books. 

The first woman-led movie, Captain Marvel, isn't slated until 2018 so a woman-led game might help tide us over until then. It wouldn't be the same as a movie, but giving Black Widow the lead of her own game might mitigate some of the damage Age of Ultron did to Black Widow's character. 

Regardless, if the Telltale/Marvel property strays outside of the MCU, the sky is the limit in terms of who the lead of the game might be. Let's hear your educated guesses. What are some Marvel characters you're yearning to see in a story-heavy, episodic game?

Published May. 11th 2015
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  • Durinn McFurren
    My favourite choices would be a Rocket Raccoon/Groot thing, or else Deadpool (with Shiklah!). Although I would not mind the Warriors Three thing, especially since Thor 2 implied there was a lot of war going on during that time.

    Hopefully the other non-print media like the MCU will be gaining diversity as we introduce Black Panther, perhaps replace Thor with female Thor/Steve Rogers with Falcon as Cap, etc.
  • Auverin Morrow
    Commissioning Editor
    I'm definitely pulling for a fresh hero on this one. I would absolutely LOVE to see Ms. Marvel.

    Not only do we need a little more diverse representation in non-print media, but Jay has a fantastic point: the stuff that's been coming out recently has been awesome, but it's so exhausting. It's all so heavy. Even the movies that aren't about saving the world from destruction are about characters dealing with complex issues (like Wolverine changing history and inspiring Xavier in Days of Future Past or Tony Stark's PTSD in Iron Man 3).

    And that's not just the MCU either. Even DC has released almost nothing but gritty, complex Batman games/movies in recent memory.

    I would even love to see an X-Men game that centers around someone other than Wolverine (even though he's my favorite). There are a lot of interesting characters they could focus on or they could shift characters like they did in their Game of Thrones game (as per Elijah's suggestion).
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Can we make it be The Runaways? And have the whole shifting character control like Tales from the Borderlands? It'd be so perfect for a Telltale game series.
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Not only do I think it'll be, but I'm also rooting for a Ms. Marvel game. I would LOVE that, and I think it makes a lot of sense to boot.

    You're right, the MCU *is* suffering from superhero fatigue, and even moreso suffering from save-the-world fatigue. The first Avengers film saved the world from invasion, Age of Ultron saved the world from extinction, and all the movies seem only to be raising the stakes higher and higher. Those stakes can only go so high before it gets ridiculous or intangible. I think it's about time to bring the MCU back down to earth and focus on a small-scale hero with small-hero issues - a role that the current 'origin' story of Ms. Marvel fits perfectly.

    Additionally, a Ms. Marvel game would be a great way to build up the hype for the Captain Marvel movie! Capt. M hasn't been revealed or teased in a significant way yet, and most people don't know much about her. Since Telltale games tend to sidle along the backside of larger properties, Ms. Marvel could fit the hype-train mold of Capt. M perfectly and continue Telltale's depth-instead-of-fame MO.

    Besides, who doesn't want Telltale's style art for Ms. Marvel?
  • Kate Reynolds
    Senior Intern
    Ms. Marvel is my number one pick for this game, although I would really love seeing Telltale take on the Young Avengers or Fearless Defenders. Some REALLY lesser known properties that are pretty fun.

    I have so much superhero fatigue, I can't even watch the first Thor movie without getting a little bored, and Chris Hemsworth takes off his shirt in that movie. The fatigue is real. I think it would also make sense to have a down to earth movie, especially with Guardians 2 and Thor 3 coming out the same year. It would give us a glimpse of what's going on "back home".

    I hadn't even thought of Telltale's art style in all this. Ms. Marvel would be a perfect fit for the art style. It would also be a good fit for a She-Hulk story, which could be really fun. She-Hulk is known to break the fourth wall, which could be really interesting in a choose-your-own-adventure type game. I can reallly see something similar to Wolf Among Us with She-Hulk.

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