Marvel Games boss discusses possibility of more M-rated superhero games (exclusive)

Marvel Games has opened up about the possibility of some M-rated superhero games. Marvel Games has made great strides over the past decade breaking away from movie tie-ins and creating more high-quality standalone AAA stories. This has allowed the label to produce some truly wonderful superhero stories not possible on other mediums and new takes on giant characters that have been around for 60 years. Most of these titles have been celebrated for bringing a breath of fresh air into these characters as they have the freedom to tell a compelling story that takes risks.

One risk many are curious to see Marvel Games take is whether or not it will do an M-rated game. Given that Marvel is a brand known and loved by families and children, mature stories outside of the comics are rare. Logan, Daredeviland The punisher have broken the mold in live-action and X-Men origin: WolverineThe video game tie-in was rated M, but that rating is almost never applied to other Marvel games, especially in the current iteration. However, when I spoke to about the recent release of the Meta Quest 2 version of Iron Man VRBill Rosemann, vice president of Marvel Games, spoke about the idea of ​​M-rated Marvel games.

“It’s something we’ve talked about and it comes down to character, being authentic, being appropriate, and power and responsibility,” Rosemann said. “The power is that we get to work with these great characters. The responsibility is to use them correctly. You can try to make a mature game with all the characters. Would it be good to have a mature Power Pack game No, it doesn’t fit the themes and the characters. It’s not the right thing to do. Certain characters could, but we take it very seriously. We sit down and talk about what the player’s fantasy is is? What do you expect from this character? Who is the audience? If we were to go down that path, how can we responsibly create, market, sell it? It’s all about the rating, the comics , the games. Marvel’s past is filled with stories with all kinds of different ratings. “Is it correct for the character if we stay within that rating? Does whatever marketing we do, does it end up in the right hands and to the right audience? Those are all the questions we ask ourselves. We have the power, we have the characters. [Our] responsibility is to get it right for the character, the audience and Marvel itself.”

Given Wolverine’s history of adult stories, both because of the level of violence and the adult themes they deal with, some have wondered if Marvel’s Wolverine from Insomniac Games will embrace an M rating. At this point, we really don’t know how it will be rated, but Insomniac has stated that it will have a “mature” tone. Only time will tell if this will usher in another M rating for a Marvel video game, but we’ll probably have to wait a bit longer.

Which Marvel games would you like to see get an M rating? Let me know in the comments or give me a call Twitter @Cade_Onder.

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