Marvel Comics (nee Timely Comics) was in the superhero game right from the beginning, its creative team birthing characters like Captain America, the Human Torch, and the Sub-mariner by 1941. However, it was really in the early 60s that the company became the cultural force it is today, led by names like Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and, ultimately, the X-Men. These names and more have become big-budget films and high-tech online slots -- a present that no one could have imagined back in the early days of Ant-Man. (Well, all right, Stan Lee probably had it figured out, but hey.)
Interesting that only in the 2010s have Marvel Comics (née Timely Comics) superheroes enjoyed cultural supremacy over their Distinguished Competition over at DC Comics. After all, they’ve been in the game nearly as long as have the creators of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, etc.
The Timely Comics creative team birthed now iconic characters including Captain America and the Human Torch (later of the Fantastic Four) by 1941. In the early 60s, however, the company truly began morphing into the cultural force it is today, led by names like Spider Man, The Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and, ultimately, the X-Men.
But the 1980s, Marvel reigned supreme on the comic-book racks, the flawed mutants winning over kids well more than the squeaky-clean Superman and Green Lantern types. What flipped things back? Ironically enough, the movies. From Christopher Reeve’s Superman flicks through the Batman series of the 1980s/90s and even into the Dark Knight trilogy of the 2000s, DC regained top-dog status.
Today? Not even close. It’s all Marvel, thanks to the slick and wonderful slate of films produced by Marvel Comics studios. And, despite the fact that they’d eventually be owned by Disney, the Marvel movie folks (as well as Fox’s X-Man movie producers) were smart enough to get associated with online casino software producers early on in the run. Huge-budget films and high-tech online slots have made for a heckuva present for fans of superheroes and slots that no one could have imagined back in the early days of Ant-Man. (Well, all right, Stan Lee probably had it figured out, but hey.)
Ah, let’s get right to the heart of the matter. The Marvel Comics progressive jackpot slots produced by Playtech started coming in 2005 and have been incredibly popular since. Each carries four progressive jackpots and usually features 50 paylines. Titles with the Marvel Comics progressive jackpot series include Fantastic Four; Iron Man 1, 2 and 3; The Incredible Hulk; Captain America; and Blade (remember that one?)
Also among your typical Playtech-powered online casino are titles such as The Avengers, Daredevil, Elektra: Assassin, Thor, the X-Men, the Sub-Mariner, Ghost Rider, Wolverine, Silver Surfer, Captain America (even if U.S. players can’t necessarily play at Playtech casinos) and Spider Man.
Well, let’s see … about midway through 2017, we still notice the lack of online slots based on Ant Man, Doctor Strange and Deadpool, a trio of recent runaway hits that we can certainly expect to be hitting the virtual casinos soonish. Also, how about a Guardians of the Galaxy slots game? Imagine the soundtrack…
A few things: Respect for the material is key and is clearly lacking in DC films showrunner Zach Snyder. Also important is the striving for each movie to be better than the last. Again, the run of films since Avengers 2 includes Ant Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, Doctor Strange and Logan, each, if not better, at least as high-quality and daring as the last.
Oh, and it’s probably a good idea to include more than one or two lighter-hearted moments per film. You’re talking about adults dressing in tights and duking it out in over-the-top battle sequences…