Marvel and Disney pulled the plug on the project back in 2012.
Avalanche Studios, the company behind the Just Cause series, had apparently been working on an Iron Man game for several years before Marvel and Disney pulled the plug on the project.
In an interview with MinnMax, Avalanche Studios co-founder Christofer Sundberg said the game “was in development for a couple of years” before it was finally cancelled around 2012. It was supposed to be an open-world game where, according to Sundberg, you could “take off and just fly anywhere.” Sundberg also mentioned that enemies could have been punched through walls with Iron Man’s flying gloves.
The Just Cause series is renowned for its chaotic, open-world action and explosions, so we can get some idea of what an open-world Iron Man game from Avalanche could have been like.
Instead of this game from Avalanche, the Iron Man games we got back in the day weren’t very good, with the Iron Man 1 and 2 movie adaptation games getting bad reviews. However, nearly a decade after Avalanche’s Iron Man cancellation, an Iron Man VR game was released in 2020 that spins the character outside of the MCU.
Marvel video games are in a much better position today than they were in 2010. From Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 and Wolverine to Firaxis’ Midnight Suns, many projects are in the pipeline. What’s more, next month will see the first Disney and Marvel game launch, where we can expect to learn more about Midnight Suns, Amy Hennig’s Marvel ensemble game from Skydance New Media, and more.
In this clip from MinnMax's interview, Avalanche Studios co-founder Christofer Sundberg reveals for the first time that the creators of Just Cause were working on an open-world Iron Man game before Disney and Marvel canceled the game around 2012. https://t.co/Ups3MrWmE4 pic.twitter.com/ODeya496uE
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