Bill Rosemann of Marvel Games recently had an interview with IGN regarding the topic of the storylines of the upcoming Marvel games. Games like Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Square Enix The Avengers project, and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite.
Rosemann had this to say on the subject:
We want to give [developers] freedom to tell their story and we want to make it an original story. We want to give our partners… freedom to look at all of Marvel history and to pick from what interests them.
I suppose this news isn’t too surprising. Limiting the story based on everything that has happened in either the comics or the movies would be rather difficult for this type of game.
It is noted that they don’t want to force the timeline of a Marvel game to match up with some form of media. This means that we will only have a general idea of the histories between Marvel characters.
It’s pretty fair to assume that characters like Captain America and (just as a random example) Red Skull are likely to still be sworn enemies. But their interactions won’t necessarily be limited to what was shown in the movies, the comics, or the television shows.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will tell its own unique story. It’s probably a good thing that you don’t need a bunch of background knowledge of what’s going on in another media outside of the game to know what is going on.
This is not unlike the previous Marvel vs. Capcom games that MvCI is rebooting. It’s also similar to the Injustice storyline in that it tells a story that only, at best, references comics and other media but isn’t directly tied to them.
This is definitely reflected in the intention based on more from Rosemann:
We want [our development partners] to have passion, we want them to put their stamp on the games. It’s their game. We want it to be their vision.
It is also nice to know that Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite won’t be rushed out to fit in with some timeline of a movie or comic’s release. Here’s hoping that this will give the game plenty of time for polish.