The media franchise Marvel Cinematic Universe, commonly referred to as Marvel, is a universe centered around various superhero characters and films. As of April 2020, the Disney owned series of films, which includes titles such as Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men, was the highest-grossing film franchise in the world with total revenue of 22.55 billion U.S. dollars.
However, the Walt Disney Company has long branched out into other industries such as Comics, Merchandise, and Games. Let’s have a look at how Marvel influences the Gaming niche.
Marvel games have become a huge success
Early on, the makers of Marvel films recognized the huge potential of games that follow the same storyline. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of X-Men, Iron Man, or Ultimate Alliance 3; there is an excellent chance that it’s available as a video game for gaming consoles such as Nintendo Switch.
Marvel is so popular that even gambling companies have reached out to Marvel Studios to negotiate license agreements. As a result, there is an Avengers online slot (developed by Playtech) that lets you spin the reels for real money. You can find a full list of casino sites that feature Marvel games and others at SmartphoneCasinos.co.uk, a UK-based review website.
Marvel is officially on Twitch
If that wasn’t enough, the Marvel makers announced last week that they have officially launched their brand new Twitch channel. The first live stream was already super interesting with Will Sliney talking you through the steps of drawing PS4 Spider-Man. He followed up the same day with a short explainer video of how to draw a punch the Marvel-way. In a third video, writer Marc Sumerak live-streamed playing Ultimate Alliance 3 along with Josh Saleh.
It remains to be seen how Marvel will plan out its content on Twitch, but if it’s going to be a mix of live gaming and educational content, there is a lot to look forward to going forward. At the time of writing, Marvel’s Twitch channel had amassed over 8,000 followers within just a few days.
It’s safe to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is shaping the gaming world in a truly innovative way, and they put their money where their mouth is. Hence, it comes at no surprise that Iron Man VR, a fully-fledged Virtual Reality game, is on target for release as a PlayStation®VR and PlayStation®Move bundle on July 3, 2020. The first demo version is available in the PlayStation Store now and has so far received a 4-star rating from almost 7,000 reviewers.