Since Disney bought Marvel Comics we have seen some amazing things, most notably the Movies from the MCU and also, luckily, this game. But Disney hasn't treated nicely all of our favorite characters. Unfortunately, Sony and Fox hold the movie rights for the characters from the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, causing what in the eyes of many fans seems to be a dirty war behind the screen between Marvel and those studios. Things like the death of Wolverine, the cancelation of the Fantastic Four comic, no more new X-Men characters, books cancelations, etc, etc. This trend even makes some people believe that Marvel wants to give the Inhumans the spot the X-books holded for a lot of years. But, has this afected in any way our beloved game? This blog will try to answer that question.
At a given time people complained about how many X-Characters were being introduced in the game, and not so much Avengers really, 7 of the original 28 released characters were X-Men (Cyclops, Colossus, Phoenix, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Wolverine and Nightcrawler). Up to PvP Tournament 14, the reward heroes for Adamantium were either X-Force or Thunderbolts members (10 of the first: Deadpool, Cable, Psylocke, X-23, Fantomex, Shatterstar, Angel, Bishop, Spiral, Domino).
And they were also often rewards for Special Operations, a total of 5 (Emma Frost, Magik, Havok, Ice-Man, Cannonball).
Lockboxes had commonly X-Characters too (Magneto, Juggernaut, Omega Sentinel, Sabretooth, Avalanche). Covert Ops and General CP Recruitment saw less of this type (Rogue, Gambit, Beast and Sunfire).
So up to SO 19 we had 31 X-Men related characters of 98 total in the game (31.63%). SO 19 also set a new record in introducing villains, a total of 4, all X-Men villains from different groups (Sauron, Bastion, Mr. Sinister and Sebastian Shaw).
Since then, 19 new heroes have been introduced (or released as Lockbox Heroes) from different Marvel franchises:
- 2 Guardians of the Galaxy (Groot, Starlord)
- 4 Inhumans (Medusa, Gorgon, Karnak, Crystal)
- 2 Runaways (Molly Hayes, Karolina Dean)
- 4 Thor characters (Beta Ray Bill, Enchantress, Angela, Destroyer)
- 2 Spider-Man characters (Morbius, Hybrid)
- 5 others (Ka-Zar, Blade, Kang, Fixer, Nova)
Also, no new villains from the X-Men franchise has appeared since SO19.
I'm not even talking about the fact there haven't been a FF related SO or new FF related characters besides Thundra. So it seems no more X-Men characters are being released for a record period in the game.
This of course is no proof of any conspiracy or pattern, just speculation, but what does everybody else thinks? I could come up with a list of 50 relevant none FF or X-Men characters from the other franchises (Avengers, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Iron-Man, Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, Runaways, New Warriors, Inhumans, Defenders, etc.) that may appear in the game before we see another x-wearing mutant or FF friend.
This said, it will be a shame of course to lose the opportunity of having so many interesting and fun characters that have been asked and waited for by the game players for a long time. Only time will tell.
What do you think? Is this the end of the X-Men in the game? What X-character will you miss the most?