Marvel’s Long Term Plans to Replace Avengers With X-Men Seemingly Confirmed With Insomniac Data Breach

X-Men might be the object of the company's strategy as Avengers take a back seat at the box office and the video games.

Marvel's Long Term Plans to Replace Avengers With X-Men Seemingly Confirmed With Insomniac Data Breach

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  • Insomniac was the victim of one of the largest data leaks in the history of video games, as hackers made public almost 1.3 million files.
  • These files indicate that Marvel and Insomniac were aiming to produce a host of X-Men games as the MCU lines up it's Mutants for the films
  • The X-Men offer a host of characters that can produce some brilliant games, if Insomniac can play it's cards right.
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Insomniac was the victim of one of the largest hacking initiatives, having almost 1 TB worth of data held hostage by a ransomware group that demanded a total of $2 million. As Insominiac refused to pay the ransom, the hacker group made good on their threats and released over a million files online, leaking not only personal employee information, but also contracts that Insomniac had signed with Marvel.

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Several other upcoming games from the developer have been leaked with their potential release dates.
Several other upcoming games from the developer have been leaked with their potential release dates.

One of the most important flagship franchises of the gaming studio, at least when it comes to Marvel, is Spider-Man. So far, the company has made 2 separate games on the character: Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Spider-Man 2. However, the leaks seemed to have revealed some synergy between the game and the films, hinting at a bold new direction for the Marvel franchise when it comes to games.

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Insomniac is set to produce only X-Men games until 2035

Mutants who serve no purpose to the story need not be in the game.
The many iterations of the X-Men

Out of the many things that were leaked by the hackers, it was also revealed that Insomniac Games was slated to produce and publish a host of X-Men-related games exclusively, from now to 2035. Given the laser focus on the X-Men IP from the film studio and the games, one can assume that this is part of a larger plan to refocus the Marvel brand to the characters it worked with best: The Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Spider-Man, the film rights of all that the brand did not know until recently (except Spider-Man, that’s still with Sony).

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Even in the MCU, the focus has been largely shifting towards the mutants, given how they seem to be present in most films that have been released after Avengers: Endgame. Marvel might be trying to put forth its host of popular characters, even if it comes at the cost of the Avengers, who have been failing at the box office in recent years.

Also Read: Kevin Feige Breaks X-Men Tradition, Sidelines Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy for Female-Led Reboot: Report

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Apart from Wolverine, what other X-Men game could Insomniac produce?

Wolverine
Wolverine

According to the leak, Wolverine was just the first X-Men game in Insomniac’s quiver, with another game, simply titled X-Men, scheduled for sometime after 2030. However, X-Men offers a host of characters whose powers could serve as brilliant protagonists for a host of games that could explore all sorts of groundbreaking mechanics, as was the case with Insomniac’s first Spider-Man game.

While Wolverine would serve as a brilliant protagonist for a game, there are a host of other characters that could make amazing games. A game focused on Magneto, set in the Second World War could have some potential. Perhaps even a game set surrounding Nightcrawler could offer up some potential for ground-breaking mechanics.

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Among other characters that could serve as great protagonists for video games with unique mechanics are Mystique (for something like Ubisoft’s Hitman franchise), an X-23 spin-off for the Wolverine game, or a hack-and-slash fantasy game based around Captain Avalon or Betsy Braddock. While the games may or may not reflect what is happening with the films, Insomniac has itself a very fruitful opportunity to create a series of truly breathtaking games.

Also Read: Insomniac Games Internal Data Leak Hits the Internet After the Marvel’s Wolverine Developer Fails to Pay Rhysida’s Ransomware Demand

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Written by Anuraag Chatterjee

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With a passion for writing fiction and non fiction content, Anuraag is a Media Science graduate with 2 year's experience with Marketing and Content, with 3 published poetry anthologies. Anuraag holds a Bacherlor's degree in Arts with a focus on Communication and Media Studies.