By Nathan Grayson on December 4th, 2012 at 12:00 pm.
The Marvel universe’s mastery of POWBIFFS, WHAMZOTTS, and SHAWARMASLAMS is well-documented, but devout fans obsess over its skin-tight shenanigans for far greater reasons than that. Admittedly, I’m not much of a comic book reader, so – based on a new story trailer for Gazillion’s promising-looking Marvel Heroes MMO – I can only assume that reason is dinosaurs. Or maybe story, but that’d just be silly. Watch the superhero world’s most writerly of luminaries discuss their tale for the ages after the break. Then join me in hoping that this ends up a legitimate feature.
So that sounds ambitious. But then, so does anything that plans to leverage 8000-some-odd characters over the course of multiple years. Given that Marvel Heroes is an MMO, the key lies in how they tell that story. Otherwise, everyone’s just going to ignore it and get on with firing lasers out of their eyes. They’ll have no idea that those are actually congealed tear lasers of their character’s tremendous interpersonal woe.
Having heroes trade in-character quips back-and-forth, meanwhile, sounds like a fun idea on paper, but I’m not so sure about it. For one, the example dialog was cliched and meaningless, and – maybe more importantly – I myself would probably morph into a hulking green embodiment of pure rage after hearing, say, Deadpool repeat same canned line repeat for the five millionth time.
The BIFFTHWOMPING looks pretty good, though. Also, dinosaurs. Gazillion claims a closed beta is approaching faster than speeding bullet, so you might want to get on with that whole sign-up thing. I, meanwhile, claim to mix my comic universe references intentionally for the sole purpose of making fans upset.