Warning: some minor spoilers for Black Panther Wakanda Forever
EA recently announced that it is working with Marvel to produce a handful of games (Opens in a new tab). The publisher has yet to announce the names or areas of focus for these projects, but everyone seems convinced that one of them revolves around Black Panther. It hasn’t been confirmed but with the hero’s continued success and importance to the MCU, it would certainly make sense. Now that Black Panther Wakanda Forever is in cinemas, and some of you have seen it, I feel like I can get other people to agree. if EA is making Black Panther, it must be a little scary.
Without spoiling too much of Black Panther 2, the first act of the movie feels a bit more like a thriller than most other Marvel movies. One scene, in particular, takes place on a boat in the middle of the ocean. Slowly, but surely, it is becoming clear that even though those American soldiers on board think they are the only ones here, there is something lurking in the water.
Two divers descend into the water, looking for a particularly rare piece of vibranium-detecting equipment, and are quickly taken out by unseen enemies. Before long, the troops aboard the ship died, throwing themselves off the edge of the ship while hypnotized. A man is brutally punched through the chest and helicoptered out of the air with little effort by a shadowy figure. This is no ordinary Marvel action scene, I was holding my breath waiting to take care of the jumps the whole time. In fact, this scene reminds me a lot of the beginning of The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, a 2019 horror game from Supermassive Games where it parallels a group of troops on a boat being killed by supernatural forces.
Marvel movies have been dipping their toes into the horror scene with their recent releases. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness was a PG horror superhero adventure while Werewolf By Night runs the bloody dial by a large margin. And in what if…? Marvel recognizes the undead with a zombified ring. Marvel has experimented with allowing comic book properties to show how terrifying they are and want that to come to their games as well. So, EA, consider making whatever you’re working on, black panther or otherwise, a little scary please?
I have a few reasons for wanting a creepy Marvel game. I am useless with horror but I sincerely believe in fear she has To enter into the equation with the ultra-powerful properties in some way. It humanizes the hero, showing that although they may be physically, mentally, and magically stronger than you or me, sometimes that strength is not enough to alleviate their troubles. More power does not mean less pain.
One of the reasons Infinity War and Endgame were so good is because they showed that there are consequences to losing the good guys. We have seen a version of the world where they are lost and half of every person in the universe has died. Although not horror, we fear that fact. There are bets on the table. Since Endgame, the MCU’s Phase 4 films, there’s been a lack of stakes in play. We know a The big bad Thanos’ lineage is on the way as the Disney+ Loki series has revealed, so this one was all about reintroducing a team that would be able to take on him.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever does a much better job than a lot of the other Phase Four properties at getting us worried about the damage a bad guy can do. Wakanda had been hidden from the eyes of the world for decades and because of Thanos, she now had to reveal her true power and technology to the world. There are other countries like America and France that are looking to destabilize it and steal its resources and technologies. It’s not just a hero at stake, it’s a country potentially being torn apart, echoing colonialism. That reality put me on edge far more than a brawl of giant Egyptian gods or a slam dunk of Captain America smuggling in Europe. And with how ruthless and ruthless Wakanda Forever is, it doesn’t feel impossible for Wakanda to fall.
Plus, the Marvel-inspired games felt like they were falling on the safe side. DC has had a few games from the Arkham series and even Injustice. Anyone else remember when Superman killed A.J Baby? I know Captain Marvel is an adult but man, that was brutal. At least wait until Billy turns 18, right? And it’s not that I want Marvel to kill children, far from it, but I do want it to feel as though there are consequences to fighting.
Captain America was dead at the beginning of Marvel’s Avengers, but I didn’t care Come on He will come back right? And Marvel’s Spider-Man certainly has some dark spots, but for the most part Peter Parker feels invincible as the friendly spider-boy. I’ve spent a lot of time on Guardians of the Galaxy hitting tunes, and nothing about LEGO Marvel Super Heroes seems… creepy to me. We’ve got a lot of Marvel games on the funnier side of the spectrum. I just want to feel as though the loss matters. As if Namor or some bad guy could really beat my crap if I got one foot wrong.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever set a great example of how Marvel’s heroes can suffer. It has the broad lashes of most Marvel properties like unlikely heroes, thrift in time, and genius in the most ingenious moments of genius, but I at least felt like I was dreading the thing heroes fear, too. With the loss of T’Challa, the person who made Black Panther what he was both symbolically in the movies and in real life, you don’t know who we could lose.
So, with the tone of Black Panther serving as an example of just how terrifying the world of heroes can be with the world’s best technology, I’m hoping that EA’s Black Panther game – if it’s a Black Panther game – can be even scarier than other Marvel properties we’ve seen lately. makes me fight Luakanda. makes me fight To my family and my people, EA. And it makes me fight so hard I want someone to pay for what they did. Oh, and if you’re taking orders, if you could give me a ship to fly too, that would be great, thanks.