Superheroes are not just for comic book lovers anymore. The rise of superhero cinema has extended the grasp of these metahuman wonders to people of all ages all over the world. With this expansion, we have received a sharp uptick in the number of high-quality superhero games being released. No longer do we have the occasional animated TV show tie-in like Spider-Man from 1995 or the infamous Superman 64 from 1999. We have been graced with true masterpieces in the genre with games like the Batman: Arkham series and the more recent Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation consoles. One could argue that superhero games are still building up to something incredible, and perhaps we will see that in some future releases. For now, here are the top 7 upcoming superhero video games for 2022 and beyond.
7. Wonder Woman
First on our list is Princess Diana of Themyscira in her first-ever stand-alone video game outing in Wonder Woman. We know precious little about this game since all we have to go on is a minute-long teaser trailer announcing its development, but what we do know is the studio that’s producing it, and that on its own is very exciting news. Monolith Productions, the studio behind hits like F.E.A.R., Condemned, and the Middle Earth games Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War, are now known to be working on the Wonder Woman game, so at least we know the Princess is in good hands. No solid release date or platforms yet, but it’s safe to assume we could be playing through this adventure by the end of 2023 or shortly thereafter.
6. Marvel’s Midnight Suns
Firaxis Games, the studio that brought us the tough-as-nails alien-fighting game XCom, and the genre-defining 4X strategy game Civilization, is working with Marvel on what could end up being a huge project with Marvel’s Midnight Suns. This tactical deck-building RPG features the Hunter, Marvel’s first customizable hero, along with an incredible roster of Marvel heroes, including IronMan, Wolverine, Blade, and Ghost Rider. Build relationships with each character and lead your team to victory against the Mother of Demons, Lilith, when Marvel’s Midnight Suns unleashes darkness upon the world in late 2022 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S, and PC.
5. Gotham Knights
Next up, we have Gotham Knights, the sequel to the Batman: Arkham franchise. It is being developed by WB Games Montreal, the studio best known for making Batman: Arkham Origins. In Gotham Knights, you can take control of four members of the “Batman Family”: Red Hood, Nightwing, Batgirl, or Robin as you fight crime in a Gotham City that no longer has a Batman to protect it. Each character has its own strengths and abilities, and you will need to learn these and how they work together in order to keep villains and their minions at bay. Do your best to live up to the Dark Knight when Gotham Knights comes out sometime in 2022 for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S, and PC.
Our next game isn’t explicitly a superhero game since it features characters from all across the Warner Bros. universe, but that does mean that you can have Batman and Superman fight Steven Universe and Garnet, and that sounds like the most super match up I can think of. MultiVersus wears its inspiration on its sleeve, clearly being modeled after Nintendo’s famous fighting game Smash Bros where up to 4 players fight on a number of themed 2D maps. Other characters featured are Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn, Finn and Jake from Adventure Time, and Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. Of course, Bugs Bunny is there as well. Live out your dreams of choke-slamming Bugs Bunny every time he says “What’s up Doc?” when MultiVersus is released for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Series X/S, and PC in 2022.
3. Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
The effect that Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham games has had on the superhero video game genre is undeniable. They are truly masterworks of gameplay, art, and story, and we are all hoping they can pull off that magic again with a new set of characters in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. Swap between Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang, and Deadshot as you fight zombie-like creatures created by Brainiac while under orders from Amanda Waller to kill the remaining members of the Justice League who are also under Brainiac’s control. Hyper violence and witty banter are the order of the day when Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is released for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC in 2022.
2. Marvel’s Wolverine
The incredible list of games Insomniac Games has made for PlayStation consoles includes some of their generation-defining titles like Spyro, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and most recently, the “amazing” Spider-Man games for PS4 that was later upgraded for PS5. Their working relationship with Marvel must be very good because they have licensed out another highly popular character to digitize with Marvel’s Wolverine. We only have a short announcement teaser to go on, but with the success of Marvel’s Spider-Man, I don’t think anyone should be concerned about the potential quality of this game. End bar fights and call people “Bub” when Marvel’s Wolverine eventually launches sometime beyond 2022 exclusively for PlayStation consoles.
1. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Our most anticipated upcoming superhero game shares the pedigree of our previous entry. Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 by Insomniac Games is the sequel to their 2018 hit Marvel’s Spider-Man and seeks to continue the story where the previous left off while introducing new villains, suits, and powers along with making Miles Morales a playable character outside of his own spinoff game. The trailer teases fan-favorite villain Venom making an appearance, so there is plenty to be excited about with this one. Swing into action and avoid being corrupted by the symbiote when Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is released in 2023 for PS5.
Mike has been playing video games since he was able to hold a controller, having been fascinated by Sonic 2 on his mom’s Sega Genesis. That fascination and passion for the art form has grown exponentially nearly 30 years later, and he doesn’t see that fading away anytime soon.