So I decided to get this game not because it could be good, but purely as a celebration of the wonderful news that came out last week. If you live in a world without internet, and somehow magically are reading this post, that news is that Spider-Man will be rebooting in the films as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s a bunch of other legal mumbo jumbo around it, but that’s not really relevant to this post. Instead this post is just about the game, and some possible realization I’m having about the character thematically.
First off this game has a lot going for it, which if you only have seen review scores, you’ll find as surprising as I did (part of why review scores are BS, but that’s a topic for another day I think.) In fact I think this might be my favorite superhero game in a long time. Please note that I do not think it’s my favorite game in which you play as a superhero character. I’ll explain the difference.
Robin is a rookie cop named Robin John Blake with far less depth and skill than his comic book counterpart. Bucky is a late twenties soldier who doesn’t survive to the film’s climax. Roy Harper has roid rage and will probably never pick up a bow. You can’t go to a comic book news website without seeing an article questioning if Johnny Storm’s race matters, but Jimmy Olsen became Jenny Olsen in Man Of Steel without instilling controversy, applause, or any reaction at all. Rick Jones doesn’t exist in the Marvel films at all.
So after the various casting announcements for films like Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Superman vs Batman, I wanted to take a moment to express my own reactions while also trying to explain why most other peoples’ are wrong. Sorry if that’s blunt, but it’s necessary. Anecdotally speaking it seams like each one of these films received a relatively large amounts of disdain for their casting choices, except maybe Ant-Man. Even Ant-Man‘s announcement of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang didn’t get pleased reactions though, but it usually fell somewhere between “I don’t like this” and “I don’t like this, but it’s Marvel so I’ll wait and see.”