Once largely confined to the pages of comic books, superheroes created by Marvel are more popular than ever.
They feature in blockbuster films that dominate cinemas and countless television series accessible through services such as Disney+. And of course, they also have their own video games. However, not every video game featuring Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk has been great over the years. In fact, at one time, superhero games were generally pretty dire. Just like most movie links. With Marvel’s superheroes now more well-known, games based on them have gotten better. But which Marvel games are the best?
It’s rare these days for a Marvel game to be anything less than just good. But some are better than others. Luckily, we can help you sort the great from the ordinary. We’ve pretty much played them all, so we’ve put together a short list of the ones you should watch out for. Read on to find the best Marvel video games you can play right now.
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1. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Strictly a single player affair, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxydeveloped by Eidos-Montréal, is a real treat.
Play as Star-Lord, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy immerses you in a surprisingly heartwarming story, leading a team of misfits from one catastrophic event to another. You will visit multiple planets, fight a wide range of hostile creatures, and even participate in space battles. Along the way, you’ll have to make quick decisions that could affect your relationships with those you consider friends.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is especially impressive on next-gen consoles and PC, where the enhanced visuals really bring its characters and worlds to life. Playing at 60fps also helps make fast-paced combat much more enjoyable. Although no matter what platform you play it on, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely one of the best Marvel superhero games you can play right now.
Read our review on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man
- Formats: PS4, PS5 (and soon on PC)
There really is nothing quite like traversing New York City as Spider-Man, soaring above the city and zipping from rooftop to rooftop. Marvel’s Spiderman may have been replaced by its derivative successor, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Moralesbut there’s still a lot to love here.
The game’s recreation of New York is beautiful, and there’s plenty to see and do. Combat is especially fun, drawing inspiration from the iconic Batman Arkham series, with players reacting to enemy cues. The story is original, but remains faithful to Spider-Man, and any fan of the Marvel universe will find his account. Who wouldn’t want to step into Spider-Man’s shoes? It truly is the mark of a great Marvel game, and it deserves to be played by everyone.
Read our review on Marvel’s Spiderman
3. Marvel’s Avengers
- Formats: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Marvel’s Avengers introduces you as a young Kamala Khan – aka Ms. Marvel. She is just an ordinary girl at the start of the game, but soon events unfold that reveal Kamala’s superpowers. She can stretch and she can punch with great force, which is very useful as you progress through the game.
It’s not just about Kamala of course; it is Marvel’s Avengers, and so a range of familiar faces appear; there’s The Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and Captain America – all of which you can take control of. Everyone can use their signature powers, each of which will come in handy at some point. Only the Hulk can cross certain barriers, for example, and Tony Stark’s ability to fly means he’s ideal for moving quickly through large environments.
With so many superheroes to choose from, this is definitely one of the best Marvel superhero games you can play. It tells an interesting story, pits you against fierce enemies, and does a fantastic job of making you feel like a true hero no matter who you’re controlling.
Read our review on Marvel’s Avengers
4. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
A launch title for the PS5, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a standalone extension for Marvel’s Spidermanreleased on PS4 in 2018.
Although it is also available on PS4, on PS5 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales really stands out with its phenomenal graphics and smooth 60fps gameplay. There’s even a capable ray tracing mode so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Perhaps more importantly, however, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is an absolute pleasure to play, with significant improvements made to the game’s combat system.
Those who want the whole story might be better off playing Marvel’s Spiderman first, an upgraded version of which is also available on PS5, but newcomers can jump straight into Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales if they wish. Either way, they’re sure to find one of the most enjoyable Marvel superhero games they’ve ever played.
Read our review on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
5. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- Formats: PS4, Xbox One, PC
If you love video games as much as Marvel superheroes, chances are you’ve played Capcom games at one time or another. And so, what could be better than going up against Doctor Strange against Nemesis from Resident Evil or Rocket Racoon against Ryu from Street Fighter?
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is pretty old now, having originally been released way back in 2011. It’s still one of the best fighting games around, though, with a fantastic roster of fighters. Designed around team battles, it’s up to you to build your dream team of three fighters and knock your opponents to the ground. You can do this solo if you want, but it’s definitely better when you take the action online.
Most recent Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite may seem much nicer and keep you busy for a while, but Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is overall the best game. So if you’re looking for a fighting game that lets you pit one Marvel character against another, look no further.
Read our review on Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
6. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
- Formats: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Of course, we have to have a LEGO game on our list of the best Marvel superhero games. There are many, but LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is perhaps our favorite, mainly thanks to the number of heroes that appear in it – and the size of the world. It may be the most fantastical of all Marvel games, but that’s to be expected when it comes to a game made up of LEGO blocks.
If you’ve ever played a LEGO game from TT Games, you’ll know what to expect: running, smashing blocks, hitting enemies and picking up studs, which act as in-game currency. Yes, it’s generic, but with its superhero theme and the ability to play with a friend in local drop-in co-op, there’s a lot to love here.
One minute you can take control of Star-Lord in midtown Manhattan; the next, you can be Doctor Strange in medieval England. It is the great variety that makes LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 so funny; Not only will each story-driven level keep you on your toes, but the open world allows for endless amounts of fun and exploration. Not to mention the over 200 characters you can switch on a whim (once you’ve collected them all, of course). It might not quite stick to the lore set by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we don’t care. Marvel games don’t get much more enjoyable than this.
Read our review on LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
7. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
If you have a Nintendo Switch, then Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is pretty much the best Marvel superhero game you can play. It’s an action-RPG with a star-studded cast featuring many of your favorite Marvel heroes. Whether you want to play as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, or someone else, you’ll find a character to suit you. Team up with the best to create your own “ultimate alliance” – a force designed to defeat Thanos and stop his evil plans once and for all. This old chestnut tree.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order features its own unique storyline where you’ll have to hunt down the Infinity Stones before Thanos. Each character you can play with has their own unique abilities and fighting style, which will come in handy as you fight your way through endless enemies. Best of all, it’s a game that can be enjoyed in online or local co-op, letting you team up with friends to take on Thanos together.
Essentially, if you like games like Diablo, where you smash your way through enemies, collect loot, and level up your character, you’ll find a lot to like here. Especially when the icing on the cake is the ability to play as your favorite Marvel hero.
Pulled from digital storefronts, likely due to an expired license agreement, if you want to play dead Pool you will need to look for a physical copy. It’s neither too difficult nor too expensive, though, and thanks to backwards compatibility it can even be played on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
Developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision, dead Pool is a very fun action game in which you take control of the humorous anti-hero. The over-the-top action is backed by a gripping story written by Daniel Way, while Deadpool himself is voiced by superstar voice actor Nolan North. The end result is a game that doesn’t really do anything new or clever, but is a joy to play nonetheless.
If you’re looking for the best Marvel superhero games you can play right now, it’s definitely worth checking out dead Pool out. And the scarcity of physical copies means you might want to keep it. It might not look great compared to things like Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxybut it’s still entertaining.