Marvel Games brings Captain America and the King of Wakanda to World War II.
Black Panther and Captain America team up in a new video game adventure set in the World War II version of the Marvel Universe. At the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase on Friday, Marvel Games and Skydance New Media – the relatively new studio led by former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig – revealed a new, untitled game in which the super duo Hydra confronts the forces of evil.
They are joined by two other heroes, Gabriel Jones, an American soldier and member of the Howler Commando, and Nanali, the head of the newly formed Wakandan spy network (and what appears to be a precursor to the Dora Milaje). These four heroes were featured in the teaser trailer for the Black Panther and Captain America game, which appears to be set in Paris and (probably) Wakanda.
The new game from Marvel and Skydance New Media is apparently inspired by the 2010 Black Panther/Captain America comic book limited series: Flags of Our Fathers. In this four-volume series set in the 1940s, Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America) teamed up with Black Panther (grandfather of King Azzuri, T’Challa), Nick Fury, and the Howler Commandos to battle the Red Skull, Wolfgang von with Baron Strucker and the forces of Adolf Hitler. The latter hopes that Wakanda’s Vibranium stores will help Germany win the war.
In video games, Captain America and Black Panther (the T’Challa version) most recently teamed up in Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ Marvel’s Avengers. Black Panther was added to that game as a free character in August 2021.
Skydance New Media was founded in 2019. Amy Hennig, former creative director of the Uncharted series and Visceral Games’ unfinished Star Wars game, co-founded the studio with Electronic Arts veteran Julian Beak to develop, initially at least, an “interactive series” for “emerging streaming platforms.” Skydance New Media announced its Marvel project last October as “a narrative-driven, blockbuster action-adventure game featuring a completely original story and vision of the Marvel Universe.” The studio is also developing an untitled Star Wars game.