See The New Marvel Game That Is Bringing In Two Of The Best Superheroes
Marvel has announced a new game that puts Captain America and Black Panther on the same team together.
During yesterday’s Disney and Marvel Games Showcase, the mass media and entertainment conglomerate revealed a war thriller video game starring Black Panther and Captain America in a WWII setting. Admittedly, the gaming community has seen plenty of Marvel’s properties turned into video games, but most of them are average at best. But not this one; the upcoming Marvel game is actually penned by the legendary Amy Hennig, credited for writing some of the greatest narratives in gaming, including the upcoming Forspoken. You can view the trailer above.
The trailer doesn’t show much in terms of the narrative, apart from setting the era-appropriate tone, until the very end of the short cinematic, where we see the scratches on Cap’s shield, made by Vibranium claws. The words “King, Captain, Soldier, Spy” flash across the screen before the trailer ends, showcasing what appears to be four of the upcoming Marvel game’s heroes. And while Captain America and Black Panther are instantly recognizable, IGN identifies the other two figures as Howling Commandos member Gabriel Jones and the leader of Wakandan Spy Network, Nanali.
The teaser trailer for the upcoming Marvel game also implies that most of the narrative would take place across Paris and Wakanda. Other than a few minor details, like the Hydra notebook, Skydance Media appears to be keeping plot details under tight wraps. However, the game appears to have been inspired by the Black Panther/Captain America: Flags of Our Fathers comic book run from 2010. The graphical series ran for four issues and was set in the 1940s with Steve Rodgers and King Azzuri (T’Challa’s grandfather) taking on the forces of Adolf Hitler.
Villains of the comic book narrative, including Hitler, Red Skull, and Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, are hoping to get to Wakanda’s Vibranium piles in hopes that it will help Germany win the war. Whether the upcoming and still untitled Marvel game adapts the narrative or builds upon it remains to be seen, but adaptations like these are always interesting — at least in their conceptual stages. Video games, comic books, and movies have a bad history together, and the number of poorly executed titles continues to grow over the years.
A good example of this is Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers from 2020 — which was the last known gaming team-up between Captain America and Black Panther. The game was released to abysmal reviews, and though the widespread opinion of the game has improved, it never lived up to either Square Enix’s or the gaming community’s expectations. But the unnamed Marvel game might, considering that it’s written by Amy Hennig, one of the greatest video game directors and scriptwriters.
Amy Hennig began her career on a Nintendo Entertainment System, but her debut game was 1994’s Michael Jackson: Chaos in the Windy City side-scroller for SNES. She later went on to work for Crystal Dynamics, working primarily on the Legacy of Kain gaming series — which she considers her greatest achievement — before switching to Naughty Dog to work on the Uncharted series. Besides working on the unnamed Marvel game, Any was also in charge of writing Forspoken — the game, not the lousy marketing material.