The idea that a video game can transport us to mystical lands and give us limitless power to manipulate the world at our leisure alone is what makes them so special and satisfying. However, there’s a genre out there that has been doing that for years at this point. I am talking about Superheroes here. A perfect blend of fantasy mixed reality. Superheroes have kept us hooked and entertained with their tales for nearly 100 years now through comic books and, more recently, movies. Whether it’s Superman saving Metropolis or Spider-man swinging across New York City, each and every single one of our beloved heroes have brought something new and interesting to the table and cemented their legacies into our hearts. And while comic books are fun to read and immerse yourselves in, and movies are fun to get lost in, don’t you think gaming is the perfect medium when it comes to superheroes? Think about it, instead of seeing the crazy things our heroes do on the big screen or reading about them with detailed pictures showing us what’s going on, isn’t it more fun when we get to perform those actions ourselves? You get to walk a mile in the shoes of your favorite Superhero when you are handed their entire kit and are left to figure out what you should do next and what flashy move to use next; you, for that moment, become your favorite Superhero. The success of “The Batman Arkham” games and, more recently, “Marvel’s Spider-man” and “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” do nothing but prove that idea. So, now we know that Superhero games are a thing we should expect quite regularly, which is awesome. Why don’t we take a look at some of those games coming in the near future?
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League
Ever since the success of “The Batman Arkham” series, DC has been firing on all cylinders when it comes to video games. “Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League” is the next entry into the Arkhamverse by Developer Rocksteady. This time, instead of lurking on the rooftops of Gotham, we get to explore the more sunny Metropolis, and instead of playing as the caped crusader, we get to play as members of the Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark are our heroes—or anti-heroes—in this open-world, third-person action game. Metropolis has been invaded by Brainiac, and the Justice League is being mind-controlled by them. Amanda Waller takes this opportunity to deploy Task Force X, aka The Suicide Squad, to put an end to this madness and kill the Justice League. I am not one to judge here, but that seems like a very tall order. Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman won’t go down that easily now, will they? That’s just three members; what about the others, you may be wondering? Well, Wonder Woman is not affected by Brainiac’s mind control, and Batman is “dead” thanks to the ending of “Arkham Knight.” Although, we don’t know if members like Cyborg, Martian Manhunter, and more will be part of this game or not. On a side note, I hope Batman makes an appearance in this game, as this may very well be the last time we get to hear Kevin Conroy’s performance as Batman. May he Rest in Peace. The game can be played solo or in a four-player co-op, and it looks like a crazy, fun time. “Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League” will be out sometime in 2023 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Next up on this list is another DC game, and unfortunately, there aren’t many details available for any of the remaining games on this list. Being developed by Monolith Studios, “Wonder Woman” is going to be an open-world action game with perhaps some RPG elements mixed in. If you were wondering, Monolith is the guy behind the incredible “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor” and “Middle Earth: Shadow of War,” so these guys can handle sword-based combat in their sleep. The game will also use the brilliant Nemesis system from their previous games, but in what capacity and how will it fit in the context of a Wonder Woman game? We don’t know. Any other details for this game are light, but since it was announced during the Game Awards last year and the Game Awards this year are right around the corner, we have our fingers crossed for more new details. It’d be cool to know what era this game is set in. Modern or old? Will Themyscira be part of the world? What kind of alternate costumes will the game ship with? Who will be the villain? And how fast and meaty the combat will feel since Wonder Woman is not someone to be trifled with. I hope we find out more about this one soon, and I hope that this game acts as a preamble of sorts for an open-world Superman game sometime in the future.
Marvel’s Iron Man
Announced quite recently, “Marvel’s Iron Man” will be a third-person action-adventure game with a completely original story. The game is being developed by EA Motive, and while the word “open-world” wasn’t mentioned anywhere, I hope it is, as having an Iron-Man game and restricting his ability to fly will not be the best of choices, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong; I am already sold on the idea, be it linear or open-world; it’d be cool to have a place to fly around in, is all I am saying. That’s the extent of all we know when it comes to this game as of right now. To see Tony Stark dawn the suit once more and for us to be able to take the reins has us very excited. One thing to note is that EA did mention that this is the beginning of a multi-game deal they have going with Marvel, so here’s hoping more Marvel heroes get a lot of love and attention from them.
Marvel’s Spider-man 2
The sequel to “Marvel’s Spider-man” and “Marvel’s Spider-man: Miles Morales,” Insomniac Games is back with “Marvel’s Spider-man 2.” The tale this time around will be much darker in tone. Peter and Miles are working together, maybe as a co-op? To take down the bad guys, one of whom we know of. Everyone’s favorite Venom will be making an appearance, and I feel like that alone is reason enough to be excited! That’s all the information we know of right now. The trailer was narrated by a man who sounds a lot like Kraven the Hunter, so that’s another potential tidbit of information, I guess. Whatever the game shapes up to be, we are sure it’ll blow us away both visually and in general when it drops exclusively for the PlayStation 5 sometime in 2023.
A surprise announcement from Insomniac Games gave us a tease of what’s to come after “Marvel’s Spider-Man 2,” and it’s none other than Wolverine. Unfortunately, that’s the extent of the information available on this game, with no release window and no specifics on what genre it’ll fall under. Just know that “Marvel’s Wolverine” will drop sometime in the future exclusively for the PlayStation 5.
Untitled Captain America And Black Panther Game
The last game on this list is so secretive it doesn’t even have a name yet. Coming to us from Skydance Media and the brilliant mind of Amy Hennig, this next Marvel game will be a third-person action game set during World War 2 and will feature Captain America and Black Panther teaming up to take down Hydra. There will be two more playable characters: a sniper and a spy. That’s it, folks! That’s all we know. We’ll have to wait and see when this game drops and what it is. Until then, you can play Captain America and Black Panther in “Marvel’s Avengers” if you like.
These are some of the already-announced superhero games coming soon. If you were looking for someone or something here that you didn’t see, then fret not; there are probably more superhero games under development right now that we don’t know about. Maybe your favorite Superhero will get his or her game announced really soon. Until then, you can enjoy the recently released “Gotham Knights” or the upcoming “Marvel’s Midnight Suns,” which I didn’t include on this list as it’s just weeks away from launch.