Every Marvel Game Teased During Sony’s September 2021 PlayStation Showcase
Sony’s PlayStation Showcase on Sept. 9 featured announcements and updates for nearly 20 upcoming video games. The jam-packed 40-minute event was particularly exciting for Marvel fans, as three of the featured titles are set in the Marvel universe. Here are all the Marvel games teased during the September 2021 PlayStation Showcase and what we know about them so far.
‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’ received another trailer
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t exactly news, as PlayStation officially revealed the game back in June. However, the September PlayStation Showcase did offer a never-before-seen story trailer. In the clip, the Guardians meet a religious fundamentalist cult known as the Universal Church of Truth. The trailer also features a telepathic space dog named Cosmo and a space militia known as the Nova Corps.
According to a PlayStation Blog post, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy takes place 12 years after the Galactic War. The newly-formed Guardians accidentally cause “a series of catastrophic events” that allows the Universal Church of Truth to rise to power and potentially harm the universe. In an attempt to fix the mistake, the Guardians must go against the Church, but do they really know what they’re getting into?
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, developed by Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix, launches on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on Oct. 26. A cloud version of the game will also arrive on Nintendo Switch the same day.
Insomniac Games unveiled ‘Spider-Man 2’ with a Venom cameo and more
Insomniac Games, the studio behind Marvel’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, announced the next installment: Spider-Man 2. The PlayStation Showcase trailer shows both Peter Parker and Miles Morales battling enemies as a voice-over from Kraven the Hunter asks who will become his equal.
In an epic surprise at the end, Venom appears to answer Kraven’s question. However, it’s unclear if the alien character will act as a hero or villain in the game.
Insomniac teased that the Spider-Man 2 reveal trailer offers only a brief glimpse at the new content fans can expect in the next Spider-Man installment.
“Today’s game footage trailer is merely just a glimpse at what’s in store in terms of the new abilities our heroes will acquire, suits they will wear (more on that some other time), and the villains that will try to hunt them down,” another PlayStation Blog post read.
Tony Todd has joined the game’s cast as the voice of Venom. Meanwhile, Yuri Lowenthal has returned as Peter and Nadji Jeter as Miles. Insomniac didn’t share much else about Spider-Man 2, but plenty more is sure to come ahead of the 2023 release window.
Insomniac Games surprised PlayStation Showcase viewers with a ‘Marvel’s Wolverine’ teaser
Finally, Insomniac Games pulled another surprise: Marvel’s Wolverine. The announcement trailer showed Logan in the aftermath of a fight at The Princess Bar. He sits at the bar counter with a drink in his bloodied knuckles as a man with a knife approaches him behind. Logan hears the brawler approaching and unleashes his claws before the video fades out.
In the PlayStation Blog post, Insomniac revealed that it chose to create Wolverine because of the hero’s similarities to Spider-Man.
“Both heroes feel deeply compelled to defend people who are less able to do so,” the studio explained.
Additionally, Insomniac promised to deliver the same devotion to recreating the Marvel hero with a new sense of flair, as it did for Spider-Man. The post continued:
In the vein of our Spider-Man games, our goal here is to not only respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular, but also look for opportunities to make it feel fresh and truly reflect the Insomniac spirit. Even though Marvel’s Wolverine is very early in development, from what I’ve seen of its emotional narrative and cutting-edge gameplay (see what I did there?), the team is already creating something truly special.
Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for more news about Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine, and Spider-Man 2.