A new rumor suggests that Marvel has plans to develop its mega crossover event Secret Wars into a video game. Published between 1984 and 1985, was the 12-issue limited series was a major crossover between Marvel’s biggest heroes and villains, making it ripe IP for video game content.
The story drew together the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Hulk, and took them to a far-away planet called Battleworld. The heroes had been summoned by the cosmic being known as the Beyonder to fight their greatest enemies, including Magneto, Kang the Conqueror, Ultron, and of course, Doctor Doom, who became the main antagonist of the series.
Bleeding Cool reports that Marvel has registered a trademark for Secret Wars that enables the company to use the name in a long list of video game applications. It’s suggested that the trademark indicates Marvel is preparing to use the name as a basis for an upcoming video game, or as a new level for an existing game.
Marvel has already partnered with Square Enix to develop an untitled Avengers game. The deal allows for Square Enix to develop multiple games with the Avengers brand for a number of years. Described as a game that contains a “completely original story,” it’s not likely that the company will adapt the story of Secret Wars, however it may share the same name, just as Avengers: Age of Ultron was not based on its comic book namesake.
It’s a possibility that Secret Wars will serve as the inspiration for DLC in one of Marvel’s other games, such as Avengers Academy, Future Fight, Contest of Champions, or Marvel Heroes Omega. Each of these games typically releases new content on a regular basis, usually in conjunction with events in the comic books, or with the release of a movie. Though Secret Wars isn’t currently relevant, it could still be used for its storytelling potential. Secret Wars could also serve as DLC for the upcoming games, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 or Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
It wouldn’t be the first time Marvel has tried to find new ways to profit on the name of the successful series. Secret Wars has spawned numerous toys from Mattel and Hasbro. In 2015, Marvel launched a new Secret Wars title that had multiple realities merging together to form a new version of Battleworld, with Doctor Doom once again acting as the villain. Most recently, Secret Wars was announced as the name of the next season of Disney XD’s animated series, Avengers Assemble.
Source: Bleeding Cool
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