With E3 now over and the dust settling behind the giant whirlwind of information thrown our way, we are starting to pick through all the live streams, interviews and articles surround LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. Of the ton of info we are seeing, one bit of information that is floating out in the web needs to be addressed before hopes get too high: LEGO Marvel 2 will likely not feature any X-Men.
Since the development of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes in 2012, the road to getting X-Men (or any other Fox-owned franchise like the Fantastic Four) into big AAA games has becomes trickier, stickier, and layered with more and more red tape. While smaller titles somehow get granted access to these characters (Marvel Future Fight), the bigger and more featured a title is, the muddier things get. We have now more than ever owning and controlling a super hero franchise gives you all the power.
Understanding the layered reasons for not having X-Men in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is something likely only the legal departments at Marvel, TT, and Fox could truly answer, but for the teams involved, it ultimately becomes a matter of time and energy over final product. The hoops everyone would have to jump through to negotiate these deals quickly becomes too time consuming and not worth the effort of the parties involved, much to the disappointment of fans.
This entire discussion is the result of about 60 seconds of video between Max Scoville and Arthur Parsons during E3 where Max presses Arthur about the possibility of the X-Men appearing in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. The response from Arthur, taken out of context of the conversation, could appear as though he is coyly confirming their later involvement in the game.
MAX: “One last question. I haven’t seen a lot in the way of X-Men. I know it’s a very sticky thing with Mutants, and the Inhumans, and the likeness rights with Fox and Disney. Are there X-Men in this?”
ARTHUR: “At this moment exactly right now, I can say nothing.”
M: “OK, well, I’m worried, but that said, it still looks really really cool.”
A: “Do not be worried.”
Unfortunately Arthur’s “Do not be worried” has sparked a wave of articles and videos confirming that the X-Men will be part of the game. His response when taken in context is more clearly directed to Max’s overall concern with the game being great if the X-Men aren’t part of the team. Taking this vague general PR speak sort of moment and running with it isn’t wise considering the history of Fox’s characters in large main stream games.
It should also be noted that main stream Marvel appears to be focusing a lot more on the Inhumans lately. With the Inhumans, they have a team of characters they can stretch across all their media platforms from TV, comics, video games, etc., without dealing with contract negotiations with another giant media company. Their recent driven focus on this team of heroes, and the recent reveal of both Lockjaw and Medusa, should more than confirm to any savvy Marvel fan that LEGO Marvel 2 will feature the team. For the immediate future, Marvel looks to make the Inhumans a sort of spiritual successor to the X-Men in any of their controlled media, and hopefully fans can learn to love them as much as they did with the mutants!
You can catch the entire discussion around 10:30 in the video clip below:
Let us know what you think of the interview and Arthur’s response in the comments below!
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