Sometimes you just want to be bad. The many heroes of Marvel often get the spotlight when it comes to movies, games, and obviously, the comics they originate from. While it’s great to be the hero, the villains are often underutilized. They can be so much more than the foil to the hero, and sometimes, you just want to cut loose and let off some steam. Some of the Marvel villains are a bit unhinged while others are simply good people with a radical approach to things. While many have had a chance of being playable, none have really been given their own title. With that in mind, here’s a list of multiple Marvel villains that we think deserve a game.
Kraven the Hunter
Kraven isn’t exactly the first to come to mind when it comes to Marvel Villains. That being said, he’s still an essential part of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery. A master tracker and hunter, Kraven could easily cater to an open world title. While he is primarily a Spider-Man villain, there’s nothing to say that the wall crawler has to be his only prey. While the character alone may not be able to sell the idea, the concept of an open world hunt has a lot of potential. It may even be a great multiplayer title like Dead by Daylight, with one person playing as Kraven, and the other players controlling various Marvel heroes. Either way, Kraven definitely has some fans, and he honestly deserves a shot to get a bigger spotlight.
Magneto & the Brotherhood of Mutants
Magneto is an excellent villain, even though his ideals don’t exactly make him “evil” per se. As an Omega level mutant, his powers are obviously very capable of doing harm. Even though he’s definitely a powerful fighter, he’s also a notable leader of his very own mutant troop. A potential game where you play as Magneto and the rest of the Brotherhood of Mutants could be awesome if handled right. While a single-player story might be viable, this is another concept that would work well with multiplayer. Each character can have their own specialty. Juggernaut would be the obvious muscle while Mystique would be the infiltrator. Other characters like Toad, Pyro, Sabretooth and more would also be able to apply their own special skills. With dozens of mutants to pull from, the roster could have nearly unlimited potential.
Doctor Octopus (Superior Spider-Man)
Okay, we admit this is kind of cheating. Doctor Octopus as a villain doesn’t scream the need for a video game. Now having Dr. Otto Octavius taking control of Peter Parker’s body as the Superior Spider-Man…that has some serious prospects. Octavius doesn’t portray himself as a villain during this run, but instead uses a superiority complex to try to outdo the real Peter. While Peter’s memories essentially reform him to be a better person, his mind is still villainous in the end. It would be cool to have a game like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales that plays with this concept. It could even work like Batman: Arkham Knight where Peter would be inside his mind and talk to him throughout the adventure.
Loki is definitely one of the more popular Marvel villains, and it’s no surprise that he would make the list. With Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal on the big screen, the character is even getting his own Disney+ series. While the character dabbles between a villainous role and the occasional hero position, there is a lot to explore here. It could even be a game where it focuses on the relationship between Loki and Thor, switching between the characters. This might do better as a standard action adventure, though it would be great to see what a developer could come up with for Loki’s powers. Honestly, I would love to spread mischief and be the cunning trickster that Loki is known for. Now the question is whether to base him on the MCU iteration, or take inspiration from the comics.
You probably saw this coming. With a surprisingly successful film, Venom has become even more popular than ever. He’s also no stranger to being a playable character in video games. There have been multiple games where Venom is a protagonist, even going as far back as the Super Nintendo with Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage. Even if not a main character, he’s playable in a lot of ensemble games too. While this has worked for the last 25 years, it’s about time Venom got his own game. With the film portraying Venom as an anti-hero, it’s easy to make an open world game with a similar concept. The great thing with this character is that you could do something like inFAMOUS, giving the option to be a hero or a villain. If we go that route, then you can put the morality in the player’s hands.
And that’s our list! Did your favorite Marvel villains make the cut? Perhaps we surprised you with some of our picks? Let us know what you think below. Our Month of Marvel continues all month, so look forward to more content like this and more throughout all of August!
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