Maybe Marvel Studios was absent from San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H this year, but on the con's first day, Marvel Games seized the moment in the convention center's biggest space.
The biggest title of the afternoon, saved for last, was clearly Marvel's Spider-Man for PlayStation 4, with Bryan Intihar and his Insomniac Games team coming out to debut the game. Actor Yuri Lowenthal, who plays Peter Parker in the game, said, "Playing Spider-Man is a dream come true."
The game is out Sept. 7 and will feature Spider-Man battling a host of enemies, including Vulture, Rhino, Silver Sable, Negative Man, and many more, with Spidey donning a number of new costumes including the Iron Spider (from Avengers: Infinity War) and a brand new velocity suit with white spider designs.
The end of the panel revealed that in celebration of the Spider-Man game, PlayStation is debuting a Spidey-branded console, all red (the first red PlayStation console!) with a white Spider-Man logo.
Also on hand was a trailer for MARVEL Powers United VR from Oculus and Sanzaru, a four-player VR game starring Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain America, Thor, Gamora, and 13 other playable characters, with settings like Wakanda, Asgard, and Knowhere among many others.
If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to shoot Spidey's webs or wield Mjolnir, this VR experience is perhaps the closest you'll get at least until the next big technological breakthrough.
Sanzaru creative director Mat Kraemer also revealed that the game -- which is out Jul. 26 -- will feature two of the X-Men in the form of Storm and Iceman, bringing that end of the Marvel Universe into the action. For fans who don't have an Oculus Rift, a special bundle including one as well as the game will be available on Jul. 31.
Meanwhile, Marvel Strike Force creative director Jason Bender revealed that Ms. Marvel is joining that game. She automatically jumps in whenever someone on your team is attacked. "One of her powers to rejuvenate allows her to heal herself up -- no one can heal as fast as she can," explained Bender.
Also revealed on the character front: Deadpool is joining the cast of Marvel Future Fight, while Korg, Heimdall and Red Skull will become new characters in Marvel's Contest of Champions.
It wasn't all VR or video games at the panel: Heeyoung Lee, creative director of Marvel Battle Lines, announced that the new card-based game will feature more than 100 characters and an all-new original story co-written with Marvel writer Alex Irvine.
The takeaway? While the film studio wanted to hang back this year at Comic-Con, Marvel's game division had plenty to show off.
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