The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become one of pop culture’s most successful and widely popular film franchises that draw millions of viewers and dollars at the box office. While the stories are interconnected, the same cannot be said for Marvel Games; however, it doesn’t mean the games can’t be related.
Following recent releases of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Midnight Suns, and the mobile game Marvel Snap, game developers are not required for their projects to connect to previous or future games. For Marvel’s Iron Man VR developer, Camouflaj, it allows them to develop the best gaming experience possible, but it doesn’t mean they can’t reference them.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Marvel Games head Bill Rosemann and Camouflaj Lead Writer Brendan Murphy discussed the game’s launch for the Meta Quest 2 VR devices. Additionally, the duo provided more insight into players finding Easter Eggs in the VR game and how they connect to past games, including Marvel's Spider-Man.
According to Murphy, the team at Camouflaj was developing Iron Man VR after developer Insomniac had completed Marvel’s Spider-Man, so naturally, the inclusion of Easter Eggs and references to the game were added during its development. “We were working with the same folks over at Marvel, and there were little Easter egg kind of things that existed in Spider-Man that we were able to put in our game."
Rosemann commented that the Marvel gaming releases are somewhat tied to each other through the multiverse; however, he notes that fans are more than welcome to make assumptions. He added that heroes have worked with each other throughout Marvel Comics or created new partnerships in the games, but each game release “stands alone” and has “its own reality.”
Whether or not Rosemann is teasing a gaming universe akin to the MCU or speculating that the games are tied to the MCU’s Multiverse, it’s certainly interesting that Marvel Games are thinking about connecting the games. With Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine slated for release in the near future and untitled Iron Man and Captain America/Black Panther games in the works, a new universe may emerge within Marvel’s gaming brand.