A million realities and a billion intrigues
Title: Marvel Future Revolution
Developer: Net marble
Editor: Net marble
Platforms: iOS (revised on), Android
Release date: 25 August 2021
Last month Netmarble and Marvel released a (another) mobile app called Marvel Future Revolution. If you are a fan of the Marvel movies, you are going to get a lot of fun from this game, especially since you can unlock the MCU costumes for the characters. If you are a fan of Marvel comics? Results may vary. Let’s dig.
Marvel Future Revolution starts with a very strong premise. A multiverse has been discovered. Yay! But they also discovered that all of the Earths are about to physically collide in one place. Boo! Hank Pym, a Marvel character who seems genuinely determined to make us forget he’s a terrible person, is at the head of a machine that will save everyone in one way or another.
Unfortunately, AIM lives up to its shenanigans and tries to save Earth by blowing up any that stand in its way. They steal a yellow can that’s needed by the machine Hank Pym uses, but they don’t tell us what’s in it. Already. But that’s okay, three MODOKs are fun.
At the start of the story, we take control of various heroes so that we can get a feel for how each is playing, for the most part. The game begins with Star-Lord and his headphones blowing up a very free Domain Guitar Loop (which I’m pretty sure is one of Garageband’s default loops).
He’s doing fine and fighting AIM Troopers. His attacks are quite well thought out and very much in the image of the brand. He launches rockets at his enemies in the head, fires with his blasters and throws his grenades at random. He’s a great character to help you learn basic commands.
Shortly after you start with Black Widow who surprisingly has probably the greatest variety of attacks than anyone else in this game. A game that features Storm, who is the next person you play with, who also wields a lot of attacks. expectations based on the weather that are honestly very pretty and feel really powerful. Storm is saved by Iron Man (don’t even get me started on that one) and through him and Spider-man you get a tutorial of the game’s quick events. These are really weird because they happen when something really dangerous is about to happen, such as a building falling on someone or a massive attack that needs to be carried out. What I noticed immediately, mainly because I was taking notes while watching what I thought was a non-interactive cutscene, is that nothing happens if you miss it. I missed all the quick events and everyone was fine.
After all of this, Spider-Man is saved by Captain Marvel and we can play his part for a while. This one surprised me because while I understand she’s one of the heaviest hitters in the Marvel Universe, she had to hit the AIM base agents multiple times to take them out. She just didn’t feel that strong. I feel like they could have swapped him out with a lot of other weaker characters and this issue would have been fixed.
From there, the baton passed to Doctor Strange. I was excited because I really wanted to see how he played, but the game jumps right at him and instead we get a surprise visit from Captain America. We play with it for a moment, thus ending the tutorial.
Then a bunch of things happen, the machine fails, and Vision decides to sacrifice himself, using his density powers to merge worlds together instead of protecting Earth. As a result, we get Plan B of letting all the worlds merge into one.
This causes one of the biggest questions I have with the game – “how does it work?” Much like the confusion of when a DC character travels to Cleveland or New York when Metropolis and Gotham are supposed to be there instead; we have times that take place in America, but then times that take place in Hydramerica (that’s what you think it is). And then other moments that take place in other places that are ALSO supposed to be America without any explanation of what the landscapes look like. Heck, Age of Apocolypse was a hot mess but at least they gave us a card.
The game is filled with weird and questionable holes like this one. For example, one of the first missions puts you up against Ultron, and almost exactly like Brainiac in DC Universe Online, he comes in the form of regular Ultrons, spider mech Ultrons, and larger floating Ultrons with the Ultron sometimes more heavily armored. But Ultron is presented as a helper to Tony Stark and Hank Pym who you can watch go evil. Now… wait. None of these universes have ever heard of Ultron? Because, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Ultron build Vision? How does Vision exist if they’ve never heard of Ultron?
Sorry I might have watched too much but it is killing me because there are a lot of things like that that are never explained. So if you’re a casual Marvel fan, this is going to be a lot to consider. If you’re more than casual, you’re probably going to try A LOT at scheming.
After completing the tutorial, you can choose a character to be your main character. You have the choice between eight characters (Captain America, Captain Marvel, Spider-man, Black Widow, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Star-Lord and Storm) and you have four locations to have characters. You can’t delete a character or clear a place whenever you want, so make sure it’s the one you want as you have to pay real money to be able to unlock the remaining four slots.
When choosing a character, each of the eight has their own tutorial step and most of them are pretty awesome, the highlight being Black Widow. She faces off against a version of the Hand, led by an incredible evil version of Daredevil who kidnaps orphans and trains them to become the next generation of assassins. Captain America invades a Hydra base in Hydramerica to save the Winter Soldier from a comically large red skull death trap – a death trap that would make a villain from Adam West’s Batman show blush.
Both times I really got into it because the concept was pretty cool. But each tutorial ends the same. A version of your character walks through a portal, dons a Starktech version of his famous outfit (read: robotic), and tells them that they have to go with them because there are bigger fish to fry. This part is really weird for me because in the case of Black Widow, she leaves the kidnapped children in Hand’s base and Captain America frees Winter Soldier but the dead man leaves him in the middle of a Hydra base which I will tell you. recalls, is red Skull’s personal base in the middle of the country over which Red Skull rules.
These stories are never touched on again, so if you were just assuming “oh the kids and Bucky are dead now” that would still fit into the story flow because it’s SUPER quick to drop one thing and move on to the next one without exploring any. ramifications.
But these are history problems, how does it play out? What does it look like and does it sound? Well, let’s continue.