THQ suits up Marvel Super Hero Squad

Publisher enters into multiyear licensing agreement with comics media empire to make games based on kid-friendly series; first game slated for fall 2009.

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Marvel has no qualms about spreading its net wide when it comes to sidekicking gaming-industry partners. The comics aficionados have teamed up with a variety of publishers in recent years to varying degrees of success, including Sega on the just-released Iron Man game; Activision on Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, a sequel for which was announced in February; and Microsoft and EA on their respective recently canned fighting game and massively multiplayer online venture.

Galactus, Devourer of Worlds, has never looked so happy.

Now, THQ is getting in on the Marvel licensing party. On the heels of its deal with DreamWorks earlier this week, the publisher said it has entered into a multiyear agreement with Marvel to make games based on the child-oriented Marvel Super Hero Squad franchise. The deal extends to all current and "next-gen consoles," as well as handhelds and Windows PCs.

The Marvel Super Hero Squad franchise puts a lighter spin on the gripping good-versus-evil struggle between mutants and their diabolic counterparts. As per the description of the alternate Marvel universe today, "Fun and humor are waiting around every corner in Marvel Super Hero Squad, where popular characters including Iron-Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, The Fantastic Four, and many more are thrust into adventures in a single caricatured Super Hero City."

THQ expects the deal to bear its first fruit in fall 2009. No details on the Marvel Super Hero Squad-branded game have been made available.

Discussion

52 comments
Elma007
Elma007

I've played 2 of the Lego Games by Traveller's Tales before (Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Batman) on the PS2, hopefully this will be just as fun. They need to leak some video footage of their upcoming game so we can have a better idea of what this game will be like and to whet our appetites even more.

Bambii12633
Bambii12633

Whats with all the Marvel. Marvel Superhero squad, Marvel ultimate alliance they got to make some more DC stuff

backatcha
backatcha

If they just entered into multi-year licensing agreement with Marvel, it makes me wonder how well thought out will the game-play be if they are shooting for a fall '09 release date. Sounds like they are going to be pumping out garbage to cash in on an excellent franchise.

DopyG
DopyG

Hmm they should rather considering making Mini Marvel's into a game... Hell that would be fun!

SkidRow18
SkidRow18

is like some lego game.....sure want to find out more about this game :P

jets78
jets78

why dont they make to versions of this game the should have on the ps3 should be an m rated version since not to many children own ps3 systems

Thanos1960
Thanos1960

Who knows???? Could be a sleeper....

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

i know third time, but I always find it hard seeing Wolverine, or the Hulk in a fun humored comedy E-rated game... not even Captain America, since he's gloomy and stuff cause he's been in like 3 wars.

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

Hvac0120 Posted May 9, 2008 4:23 pm GMT Finally some E-rated Super Hero games that I can enjoy with my daughters! Now make them good games dag-nabbit. ok first off, they've made like hundreds if not thousands E rates super hero games. 2nd off, don't get your daughters addicted to video games man.

JaredTrotterboy
JaredTrotterboy

I'm more excited for Wolverine the game, since this one is more kiddish =/

keyroon
keyroon

i'd love another mvsc but from what i remember activision own marvel now so there goes my dream of a next gen mvsc3

artiebillymac
artiebillymac

Sounds good but the game is more directed at kids equal lame .. .

LostSoul1974
LostSoul1974

I'd love to get more information on this....

LostSoul1974
LostSoul1974

I'd love to get more information on this....

mitchellmac
mitchellmac

this is gonna be awesome now all they need to do is come out with a marvel vs. dc or something or have both of them together and you can choose which hero to be and just run around in big cities and help each other or be a villian and what not

boobush
boobush

I have played the Marvel vs Capcom arcade here, in Mexico and in Spain. I mean, anywhere you see that arcade, you'll see a line and/or kids around it. Why? Because there are few arcade games that can equal its entertainment level.

kos1085
kos1085

I agree. I want a mavel vs capcom for this gen system because MVC2 is still one of the best fighting games ever made in my opinion.

megamanzero32
megamanzero32

Capcom....read, please; We want a MVC3! Even though it was broken, it was pretty darn fun. >_> I know it won't happen, but here's hoping for it!! You know....I wonder how much it would sell, If they were to bring it out..

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

No mention of exclusivity. Hopefully Capcom can still make use of the license for a possible Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Dualmask
Dualmask

You know what I find amusing? How they keep trying to stick Wolverine into anything 'kid-friendly' or rated 'E'. Although Wolvie's mutant power is the healing factor, he's best known for having those razor sharp claws on his hands (so much so that he didn't even have the healing factor in older X-Men games and his claws were his mutant 'power'). There's nothing about the character that doesn't scream 'grisly violence'. It's kind of hard to take him seriously in cartoons when the only thing he ever cuts are weapons and chains and the like. But I love seeing them try to make it work in kid-friendly stuff.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Finally some E-rated Super Hero games that I can enjoy with my daughters! Now make them good games dag-nabbit!

BlackKnightOfH8
BlackKnightOfH8

So with Marvel teaming up with THQ for this game does this mean that once again our hopes and dreams of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 are dead?

mustained13
mustained13

Wonder if that's what the big guy looks like when he spots a planet to eat.

speedjunkie4
speedjunkie4

Either this is going to be Lego Staw Wars-huge, or it is going to flat out suck. Either way, it is a two-way street.

des_kong
des_kong

Hope there will be a PSP version of this game.

Strike_Zer0
Strike_Zer0

Sounds like it could be pretty fun. At 19 I'm obviously not the target audience but I'm sure this could turn out to be a very family fun sort of game like Lego Star Wars perhaps.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

This is going to be great!!! My kids and I play with the figures all the time!!!

condemned100
condemned100

I can't wait to play this Game. I only wish It was a 2D or 3D fighting game.

SmallPower
SmallPower

"You, sir, apparently don't read comics. They are not just for kids. Hell, kids are not their biggest readers. Ever heard of the MAX line, or the Vertigo imprint? No? Didn't think so." proof that reading comic books makes you smart and compassionate

Vagrantsoul117
Vagrantsoul117

Why is everyone bashing this game!? It is a financial move on their part, kids games sell like hot cakes regardless of how good or bad they are. Sure anyone on here may not play it but I know for a fact my son will play the game for hours on end. I think it is a smart move from a financial standpoint. Oh and to Supermariomelee how can you say that people do not play kids games? KIDS play kids games and there are alot more of them playing than us why do you think Cars outsold Madden?

bleigh316
bleigh316

yeah, where's Marvel vs Capcom 3?

stonecold000
stonecold000

kid-friendly? that sucks I want to see wolverine ripping people apart or deadpool shooting up a room

Warchief_Zuljin
Warchief_Zuljin

I don't know what's funnier: Galactus' grin or the people whining and moaning about Marvel making a game targeted at young children. Seriously, just stop crying. If you don't like it, there's no need to make some smart-*** comment about how "crappy" it will be.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Sadly the last kid freindly game, "freind or foe" still is giving me nightmares from just playing it.

zero9167
zero9167

kid-friendly... sounds awesome...

supermariomelee
supermariomelee

They just fired 200 employees due to losing $35 million and this is how they make up for the announcement? It's games like this that are the reason that they lost so much money. Activision learned from it's lesson after releasing that crappy Spider-Man: Friend or Foe game that not many people play kids themed games(which is why the new one is darker).

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

americahellyeah wow, that sounds really lame. Super Hero's were always for kids, idk why they have to so this. You, sir, apparently don't read comics. They are not just for kids. Hell, kids are not their biggest readers. Ever heard of the MAX line, or the Vertigo imprint? No? Didn't think so. Go look. Oh, and don't believe me? Check out [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_Pirate#Infinite_Crisis]this article[/url] and you'll see that, even in their standard continuity, there is no shortage of brutality and violence.

Poltergeist13
Poltergeist13

If it is on par with the Lego games, then I'm cool with that.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

I really can't imagine what this is gonna look like...

TheVinster
TheVinster

Yup, because Galactus loves to hug planets before he destroys them.

americahellyeah
americahellyeah

wow, that sounds really lame. Super Hero's were always for kids, idk why they have to so this.