Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe like to keep score. They not only watch the movies and television programs, they read tie-in novels and play licensed video games. And they wonder who much of the material outside of television and movie screens is part of the overall canon. Some sad news is breaking for video game fans. The forthcoming video games based on Marvel properties are not tied in with the MCU.
Two highly-anticipated video games are coming out in 2017. A Guardians of the Galaxy Game and a Spider-Man game will debut to surely huge sales. Players, however, won’t be making any contributions to the MCU.
The decision to keep the gaming adventures separate from the motion picture and television tales is not done to snub gaming fans. Rather, Marvel and its gaming partners feel locking the video games into the world of the MCU limits what can and cannot be done in the videos. By allowing the video games to stand in their own universe, Marvel is not limited in any way in terms of what stories to tell.
Perhaps Marvel would like to revisit an original 1960’s story with The Vulture for a new video game. This would not be possible if the video game had to follow along with the narrative of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Vulture is being completely reimagined in the film. So, the video game would need to play second fiddle to the creative approach to the film’s screenwriters. There is no reason to do this. Giving the video game developers complete freedom should lead to better games.