More Information on Marvel Heroes MMOG Including Final Hulk Skin

The producers of the upcoming MMOG Marvel Heroes, Gazillion Entertainment, were at C2E2 Comic Convention this past weekend and had a panel to discuss the game. Take a look below, they also mention what the final Incredible Hulk skin will be based on the poll results.

Delving further, Reid described the gameplay as the classic Diablo-style click-fest but instead of a handful of character classes there are over a dozen, as each gamer plays as a Marvel Hero, guaranteeing that that there will be no knock off characters running around because there is no character creator. As to the answer to what happens when a bunch of Wolverines appear on the screen at once, Gazillion is confident that the proper response would be ‘so what?’ you can go ahead and form a team (guild) that’s all the same character or diversify it a little and have them all wear different costumes.

Most of the action in the game will take place in massive, randomized zones where supervillain threats will occur that no one hero can take on alone, while the rest of the game will take place in smaller instances where prepared teams fight though enemies balanced to their number.

Matt Group added that Marvel is a story driven universe and so is Marvel Heroes. The game features an original story written by Brian Michael Bendis and Gazillion has been given the ‘inside track’ on the larger plans that Marvel has for it’s universe and characters, giving the example that they were in the loop about Rocket Raccoon’s “comeback” years before the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was announced and that they got access to the actual CG models of Iron Man’s armors that were used in the movies to create his in-game armors.

With that, Reid announced that not only will the ‘cover’ armor from the upcoming Iron Man 3 (the Mark 42) be in-game, so will some, if not all the armors so far only seen in the background of the films trailers starting with the Mark 39 Starboost armor.

Group continued and shared that the game’s story will be told via motion comics that were hand drawn by Marvel artists and played a video that showed the progress of one such comic (The Brood have taken over a S.H.I.E.L.D. outpost in The Savage Land and the heroes plan to take it back) from storyboard with placeholder voices to the finished product.

On the subject of voices, Reid ran down a quick list and showed a video describing that several veteran voices of heroes from past animated series are retuning to their roles for the game, like Steve Blum reprising Wolverine, and are being joined by Keith David as Nick Fury and Nolan North as Deadpool.

Reid then said, “what kind of Marvel product doesn’t have some cameos these days?” and Marvel Heroes is no exception. Both Stan Lee and Clark Gregg (aka Agent Phil Coulson) will be in the game.

Switching gears to talk about the how the “free-to-play or not” system will work. Free players can go though the entire game with one of the five starter characters Daredevil, Scarlet Witch, Storm, Hawkeye and Thing and hope to loot any of the other characters via gameplay. Or, players can purchase a Founders Pack that will unlock the hero/costume of their choice right away. Special emphasis was placed on the fact that outside of a very small amount of exclusives, everything in the Founders Packs will be lootable in game. Even those who buy the most expensive ‘unlock-everything’ pack will still be on the hunt for very rare chase variant costumes. Finally the result of the last Hulk costume fan poll was announced and the Hulk as War of the Four Horsemen version emerged victorious.

There will be PvP in Marvel Heroes on day one, Brevik said. Players will join one of three account based factions for combat on dedicated PvP servers. PvP will also be story-based and even though PvE leveling carries over, powers will be tweaked to fit the PvP experience. When players reach the Endgame, the experience will continue with the search for “Ultimate Power” a special attack/ability that is only leveled by looting copies of heroes you’ve already unlocked. These new powers are the key to completing the special team/open missions in the Endgame.

Before opening the floor to questions, Reid reiterated to the audience that Early Access to the game starts May 28, with launch being June 4. However, it was announced that a special Open Beta in honor of Iron Man 3 will run from May 3-5 and for that weekend only the free starter characters will instead be Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk.

-A fan eager for May 3 asked if those special starter characters will re-lock for everyone after the weekend.

Reid admitted they will.

-The next fan asked for playable villains.

Brevik said he gets that question a lot and all he can say is that it “sounds like fun.”

-A backer of the Ragin’ Cajun asked if Gambit will be playable.

Reid said that for now, he’s just an NPC.

-Will in-game costumes keep up with changes in the comics?

Brevik was excited to reveal that they have already implemented some of the Marvel Now! costumes in-game, worked with Marvel to develop their 360 degree ‘look’ and that a Founders Pack of Marvel Now! costumes is on sale now.

-Never satisfied, the next fan asked how many character will there be in all?

Reid revealed that they have access to all 8,000+ characters in the Marvel Universe, so they will keep adding to the game.

-How many times the Ultimate Power can stack?

Unlimited for now.

-After accidentally referencing The Flash, a questioner from another universe asked if player character movement speed can be adjusted and if there is an in-game Auction House

Reid advised him to pump up that stat to get that effect, and Brevik pointedly stated that there will be no real-money auction house, though there might be one someday using in-game currency.

-Is there going to be new story added to the game someday?

Yes, just like other MMOs we can and will add more story content to the game.

-A Mac version?

Brevik, a proclaimed ‘Mac guy,’ promised that it is in development and coming soon.

-More special sales like the St. Patrick’s Day Hulk event?

Yes

-What about characters like Kaine, Beta Ray Bill or Rescue that share powers but are distinct people, will they be in-game?

With this question the panel was visibly distressed. Reid shared that this was a hotly debated subject in the office and for now it was decided that the game is really about the powers being different and outside of a special skin or dialog for the ‘original’ character they probably wouldn’t be in the game. The rule is that the costumes won’t have special powers so that every player won’t be dressed the same because they have to be to win.

-Will there be support for streaming software in the game?

The panel can’t confirm.

-Available via Steam?

Yes, it’s in discussion.

-Who are the next new characters?

The panel could only reveal that “they will be interesting”

-Age of Ultron for the endgame content, maybe?

That’s a good idea, but Ultron is not in the game for now.

-Support for gamepads?

Brevik shot this idea down, the game is just not playable that way, liking the situation to how challenging FPS games are on consoles without mouse aiming.

-How powerful do people’s PCs need to be to play the game?

Running on a modified Unreal 2 engine, Marvel Heroes should play fine on a five-year-old machine.

-Lastly, the loneliest gamer on Earth asked if he could play though the game by himself.

Reid said he could if he wanted, this was a new kind of MMO. No fetch/collection quests no impossible to beat solo bosses.

Reid and Olebe thanked people for coming out and invited them to take one or all of the tryptic of posters drawn by J Scott Campbell to celebrate the launch of the game.

More New Artwork from Upcoming Indestructible Hulk Artist Matteo Scalera

Incoming Indestructible Hulk artist Matteo Scalera tweeted some more pages of his first issue on the book in addition to the ones that were shown on comicbookresources the other day. I am digging the darker feel to the art, it fits a bit with Daredevil character being in the mean streets of New York (is he still in Hell’s Kitchen).

Incredible Hulk Preview Artwork from Walt Simonson and Matteo Scalera

In this weeks installment of Axel-in-Charge at comicbookresources.com had Mark Waid as a guest interviewee. They showed some pages of Walt Simonson artwork from issue #8 plus some artwork from upcoming Hulk artist Matteo Scalera from issue #9. Matteo’s artwork definitely has a darker look to it, looking forward to seeing some more pages to get a better feel for his work. Mark also talked about the Hulk book a little:

The Hulk story that’s coming immediately in the wake of the current story drawn by Walt Simonson is a crossover between “Indestructible” and “Daredevil.” I’m not sure I can name one story where those two characters have teamed up that’s not some giant spread of 45 heroes in some event. What’s the draw or the in to getting these two personalities together in a logical way?

Waid: Well, there is a commonality. I think we’ve hinted at this, but the two of them have been in communcation for quite some time, and this two-parter is the next step in something big happening between the two series.

Alonso: Hulk will become Daredevil!

Waid: Aw, you blew it, Axel! [Laughter]

Speaking of “Age of Ultron” as we were a minute ago, the next big Hulk arc follows up on the event where the Hulk gets some crazy time-powered armor of sorts. What’s the deal there? If you’ve been playing with super science and “Age of Ultron” is a super science event, what did you draw from it to press on forward in this book?

Waid: Part of the aftermath of “Age of Ultron” is while Hulk is the strongest there is, the question is going to be whether he’s strong enough to hold all of the space-time continuum together.

We had a ton of questions on the world of “Indestructible Hulk.” Let’s start with CMBMOOL who wants to know, “I enjoy seeing the Hulk taking on science mission/big threats for S.H.I.E.L.D. Given that the Hulk’s a member of the Secret Avengers, any chance of you having story in the future featuring Hulk teaming up with Nick Fury Jr.?”

Waid: At some point, yeah. We’ve talked about in year two using more of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast, actually…including Agent Coulson.

He continues, “I’m also curious about your upcoming Hulk/Daredevil team up and it makes me wonder why doesn’t Matt go to the likes of Bruce Banner or Hank Pym or even Reed Richards to help out with Foggy’s cancer problem?”

Waid: It’s because we have to assume that they’ve had this conversation before. I hate, hate, hate superhero comics where two grown crimefighters turn to each other and one explains to the other why superheroes can’t fix cancer. It trivializes cancer. It trivializes the suffering of cancer patients. I understand the impulse to ask the question in a universe full of superscience and Cosmic Cubes, but Starlin covered this ground well enough in “The Death of Captain Marvel” and that was like 30 years ago. I’d rather handle it with an off-hand line of Ant-Man saying to Matt, “There’s just some things we can’t do anything about.” like they both already know this, because there is no good answer to that question that doesn’t make Reed Richards look like a jerk. And then when do you stop? Why don’t you cure AIDs, Reed? Why don’t you cure diabetes? Why don’t you cure world hunger? Everything becomes about what the superheroes can’t do. Trivializing real-world problems is not their function. Their function is to inspire and to catch bank robbers and stop Ultron.

A number of people asked about the other Hulks of the Marvel U showing up. Any word on that?

Waid: Yeah, we’re talking about that for year two. I’m just trying not to make it “The War of the Rainbow Hulks.”

GreenScar1990 was one of the people on the boards asking about some other classic Hulk tropes and villains, including Maestro-like stories with the time travel angle coming up?

Waid: Some of the Hulk-centric villains we’ll be doing more with. I think the Abomination is overdue for a reintroduction. As far as other versions of Hulk, this is something Jason Aaron is doing really well with his “Thor: God of Thunder” book right now, and so I’m really nervous about treading on that ground.

Last one from him is, “What future artists can we expect on Indestructible and is there any that you’d like to work with? I don’t know about you, but I’d love to see Paul Pelletier, Dale Keown and Olivier Coipel do some issues and a few story arcs.”

Waid: I love a lot of those guys, but for now we’re really happy with Matteo Scalera. He’s doing great work, and he’s doing it on time, and he’s really talented. But if for some reason Matteo needed some time off, I would not be averse to knocking on Howard Chaykin’s door and asking him to come visit. I think Chaykin’s Hulk would just be a massive force of nature.

Marvel Lego Game Will Let You Create Your Own Hero

When the Marvel Lego game is released later this year, it will feature a feature not available in previous Lego superhero games, namely a creation mode. The creation mode is said to allow players to mix and match powers from various heroes and villains from the Marvel U into a character of your own creation. Some heroes won’t be able to mix with others though. For example, bigger figures such as The Hulk and The Abomination won’t be able to take Captain America’s shield, but a regular sized figure could in theory take Wolverine’s claws and Iron Man’s jet boots. The only downside to this announcement is that players will not be able to share their creations with others, they will be locked to the player’s console.

In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, players will unlock more than 100 characters from across the Marvel Universe, including fan favorites like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Deadpool, Loki and Galactus! The game will pack in a plethora of super-cool character abilities, combat-like action sequences, epic battle scenes, puzzle-solving and a unique story told with playful LEGO humor.

Who knows, maybe we will be able to create various incarnations of the Hulk, wouldn’t that be cool!!

Marvel Legends Red She-Hulk Action Figure

I have to admit I really don’t care too much for the Red Hulks out there, Red She-Hulk or Red Hulk, especially with the Red She-Hulk being Betty Ross. That being said, I of course still had to get the Marvel Legends Red She-Hulk figure. A pretty good looking figure, she comes with her big sword. She is a little hard to have her stand up straight but you can manage it. Later on in the run, they will introduce a variant in Lyra, the Hulk’s daughter, which is one I definitely want.

Incredible Hulk July 2013 Marvel Solicitations

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #10
MARK WAID (W) • MATTEO SCALERA (A)
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
“BLIND RAGE” PART 2!
• DAREDEVIL guest-stars!
• HULK vs. urban crime!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #11
MARK WAID (W) • MATTEO SCALERA (A)
Cover by MUKESH SINGH
Time Travel Variant COVER by TBA
“TIME TO SMASH” PART 1!
• Spinning out of the events of Age of Ultron!
Hulk’s sent on his most dangerous mission yet, working for a secret subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
History’s breaking–and only the Hulk is strong enough to hold it together!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

AVENGERS #16
JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK SPENCER (W)
STEFANO CASELLI (A)
Cover by LEINIL YU
50th Anniversary Variant Cover by Daniel Acuna
“THE TWO WORLDS SOLUTION”
• Prelude to INFINITY: Part Three.
• The battle between the Avengers and Mad Earth heats up.
• Whatever happened to Ex Nihilo and Abyss, and for that matter, Starbrand and Nightmask as well?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

RED SHE-HULK #67
JEFF PARKER (W)
WELLINTON ALVES (A)
Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
“ROUTE 616” CONCLUSION!
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS!
• The MAD THINKER has improved the next generation of Super-Soldiers and they are here to finish the rampage of the RED SHE-HULK!
• Is Betty stuck in Omega Stage Hulk form forever?
• Will MACHINE MAN, SHE-HULK and humanity pay the price for Betty’s interference of the future?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

THUNDERBOLTS #12-13
CHARLES SOULE (W)
Issue #12 – STEVE DILLON (A)
Issue #13 – TBD (A)
Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
• First, a look at the Punisher’s role on the team…does he trust his teammates?
• Then, delve into the secrets of the most mysterious thunderbolt…Mercy!
32 PGS. (EACH)/Parental Advisory …$2.99 (EACH)

Incredible Hulk Wibbly Buddy

I wasn’t sure if I was going to pick this up but I figured what the heck, it’s on $3 at Wal-Greens. This is a plastic Wibbly Buddy (yeah, I have no idea what that means) but it is one of those soft squishy type of figures. If you hit is hard, it has lights inside that go off. Looks kinda like what would happen if the Hulk and a porcupine got a little too friendly. Calling this an action figure is probably stretching it just a bit.

The Incredible Hulk Movie That Never Was

Do you know who Benton Jew is? Neither did I until I saw a link to his blog site where he talked about working on various Incredible Hulk films, including one that was never made. He is an illustrator and storyboard artist that has worked on a number of films in Hollywood. In his blog, he talks about about a lot of them. He worked on a proposal by ILM in 1997 for a Hulk movie that would have been directed by Jonathan Hensleigh which would have had the Hulk going up against the Absorbing Man and some insect monsters. He showed some test scenes he did along with a picture of various emotions of the Hulk. He also posted work he did for Ang Lee’s movie (including a mock-up of the Hulk with Billy Crudup who was the original actor who was going to play Bruce Banner). He also showed some storyboards for the 2008 Incredible Hulk movie. How cool would it have been to work on not two but three Hulk movies, even if one was never made. It would have been interesting if the Hulk movie had been made in 1997 with the graphics at the level they were at that point. Heck, I would have been happy with a Hulk movie regardless. Here is the link to his blog from 2011: Hulk movies