Remembering Marvel's excellent past video games

Despite Marvel's current success with the MCU, their gaming department seems to focus on tired mobile games that seem to push story towards tired past stories and microtransactions. But Marvel used to have some of the BEST games. Here's a look back at some of the more creative ones.
Jubilee (voiced by Holly Chou) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.
Jubilee (voiced by Holly Chou) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL. /
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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions - 2010 - Activision

Speaking of weird games with original stories, Shattered Dimensions was wonderful. Peter Parker, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris, has to deal with Mysterio. And guess what gang, Mysterio is the MAIN VILLAIN! Someone looked at Mysterio and thought, "this guy can do a whole hell of a lot, lets use that." So Mysterio goes after a thing that might make him a god but that thing shatters across four multiverses. Madame Webb gets the Spider-Men of each of those universes to find their pieces.

One of the coolest parts of this game is that all four Spider-Men play like different games. Regular Spider-Man is the one we all know that does whatever a Spider can. Spider-Man Noir has to stick to the shadows and involves stealth game play and puzzle solving. Spider-Man 2099 has to fly through various security sectors while fighting robots. And Ultimate Spider-Man is fused with the Venom symbiote giving him access to a ridiculously powerful set of abilities.

And as these fragments grant people ridiculous amounts of power you see some traditional Spider-Man bosses as you've never seen them before. Hammerhead being an absolute idiot and fusing guns to his arms. Vulture Noir who now has the ability to move faster and teleport. A ridiculously powerful version of Carnage who's victims come back to life and fight along side him like a jacked up necromancer. And worst of all, a Deadpool that can turn reality into reality TV and clone himself as much as he needs. It all lead up to a crazy fight with Mysterio who had given himself God like abilities.