Location-based VR experience maker The Void shared some exciting news last week. Not only is it working on a Wreck it Ralph VR experience to release later this year, but it’s also promised something new in collaboration with Marvel Studios in 2019.
Consider us interested.
Next year is a big one for Marvel Studios, as it debuts Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and rounds out over 10 years of movie making with the final installment in the Avengers saga, so there’s plenty of possibilities for a great VR experience. We put our heads together and came up with a few possible ideas.
Captain Marvel Tie-In
The first of the two most obvious choices is a tie-in with the first Marvel film to arrive next year, Captain Marvel. The MCU’s first female-led solo film is already highly anticipated and a major tie-in to introduce us to its cosmic cast of characters might be just what the doctor ordered. We already know that Captain Marvel will be part of an elite space force at the start of the movie; perhaps players could be a part of her squad?
This would give us the chance to experience some of the MCU’s most fantastic sights as well as meet virtual renditions of characters like Guardians of the Galaxy baddie Ronin. Plus the army of shape-shifting Skrulls that are set to appear as antagonists in the film make for perfect minions to do virtual combat with.
Avengers 4 Tie-In
Of course, if this VR experience is tying-into a newly-released Marvel film then the smart money is on it linking up with Avengers 4. As if the hype surrounding Infinity War wasn’t already high enough, its ending has left fans begging for clues as to what the untitled fourth Avengers film will entail. How cool would it be to get a glimpse of the film, which brings together practically every hero in the MCU to date, in VR for the first time?
Not to mention the raw intimidation that would come from staring down a baddie like Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who has proved to be pretty unstoppable thus far. If The Void gave players the chance to pick from any one of the MCU’s heroes to control in a dramatic, high-production showdown with Thanos, this could be one of VR’s most exciting experiences thus far.
Ant-Man & The Wasp Heist
Ant-Man’s second outing might have already come and gone but I have to admit his size-altering powers make both him and new partner-in-sort-of-crime Wasp an ideal fit for a memorable VR experience. I could easily see the latest film’s mad car chase, in people become giants and Pez containers knock over baddies, making for the perfect VR piece.
Perhaps given that Scott and Hope’s powers are based on their suits and not supernatural, we could all feasibly strap into our own shrinking devices and explore the MCU from an entirely new angle. A S.H.I.E.L.D. stealth mission in which you sneak around an iconic Marvel location would be sure to get people in through the door.
Dr. Strange’s Magical Adventure
Dr. Strange’s recent VR debut in Marvel: Powers United VR was admittedly a little underwhelming, but we still maintain that he’s one of the heroes best suited to a VR experience. Strange’s ability to teleport via sling ring and summon all kinds of fantastical attacks to make him an ideal candidate for a VR experience.
Perhaps we could be students at the monastery that Strange himself once visited, protecting the Sanctums all over the world from magical invasions.
Marvel Studios Legacy Tour
This is sort of like another Avengers 4 tie-in but bear with us. It’s thought that there might be a bit of time traveling involved in Marvel Studios’ next sequel, with our heroes revisiting some of their past movies. This is the perfect excuse for a VR experience that leads us on a sort of ‘Best of’ of the MCU.
Imagine clambering through the rubble in the battle of New York as Iron Man swoops overhead, or dodging Ultron robots in Sokovia whilst Hulk smashes. Or how about piloting a ship alongside the Guardians in the defense of Xandar? Joining Captain America’s Howling Commandoes in the second World War? There’s a massive number of scenes we could jump to make the best out of this experience.