Given the commercial and critical success of 2012's Avengers movie, not to mention countless other superhero movies, an Avengers game seems like it should be an obligatory extension of the property. But before one can be made, Marvel must first find the right developer to handle the project, due to an expanded effort to ensure all of its games are high quality
"The Avengers game will come when we have the right partner, that has the right vision, that has the time to develop a strong, competitive triple-A title and wants to do it right," Marvel's games boss, TQ Jefferson, told IGN.
While there have been a number of superhero games that have turned out well above average--most notably the first two Batman Arkham games--many of them have been exceedingly mediocre, if not downright awful, including Marvel's X-Men: Destiny, Thor: God of Thunder, and Captain America: Super Soldier.
Jefferson acknowledged the shortcomings of the latter two and acknowledged that gamers are "not going to flock to something that's sub-par." He also said the lack of an Avengers tie-in game "is indicative of Marvel's new attitude and the approach to how we find partners and build games. I think in the heyday of the movie licensed game, these games were popping out all the time and most of them sucked."
It's a commendable approach if Marvel is able to stick with it. Its licenses have been attached to good games in the past, including LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and the Marvel vs. Capcom series, but, as noted above, there has been no shortage of bad Marvel games, either. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was recently released, and early reviews have not been positive.