Before I start, I'd like to express my condolences and sympathies to the people affected by the explosions during the Boston Marathon. I don't think I'll ever understand why we, as a people, do things like that. Honestly, I don't really want to understand it. I just want it to stop. Boston is a strong place. They'll bounce back better than ever.

 

 

I can't speak for everyone else, but the first time Rocksteady became a word in my gaming vocabulary was with Arkham Asylum. When Arkham City came along and GI gave it a 10, that cemented them as a studio to keep an eye on.

Ever since the Batman: Origins announcement, people have been speculating as to what Rocksteady is working on. The most viable rumor is that a TMNT game is in the works, and that Rocksteady is at the helm. That's fine in my book, as I enjoyed the TMNT games I played as a kid.

I know that Rocksteady likely has an agreement with Warner Bros and DC, but I am in the opinion that Rocksteady could do some good with their Arkham engine to help other franchises... namely, Marvel. I'm a Marvel guy, and lately, their games have been off. All of these games based on their films are usually awful, and the last time I played a Marvel game (X-Men Destiny) I was extremely disappointed. I know its very unlikely, butif Rocksteady were to branch out, these are the heroes I'd like to see them save.

 

 

Spider-Man

I'm not really a fan of the web-slinger, but the similarities to Batman are too obvious to ignore. Rocksteady could easily adapt their Arkham success to cater to Spidey's universe.

Both Batman and Spider-Man have that great ability to travel great distances in very little time. Spider-Man uses his fists and feet to fight, much like Batman. Spider-Man's web slinging could occupy the 'gadgets' part of Batman's arsenal. Both of these comic legends make a grand city their home, providing a grand landscape for their adventures.

Much like Batman, Spider-Man has some of the more recognizeable villains in the comic world. Venom, Lizard, Shocker, Mysterio, Doc Oc, Green Goblin, Carnage, Rhino... the list goes on. If these villains were handled as they were in the Arkham games, it would be a blast to watch Spidey get pummeled by them. Just sayin'...

Oh... It doesn't hurt that Spider-Man could use a good game in its large library of mediocrity.

 

 

Wolverine

Wolverine has emerged as one of Marvel's most recognizeable heroes. With the trilogy of X-Men films, along wth Wolverine's spinnoff movies, the character has granted Hugh Jackman great success. In fact, when you think of either Jackman or Wolverine, you can't help but think of the other.

Marvel would be stupid to not try to take advantage of the characters success with a (finally) amazing game. It hasn't been since Marvel: Ultimate Alliance that I had fun controlling the clawed maniac. There was a Wolvering game to coincide with the film, but it was under par for me. It's time for awesome.

Wolvering has a strength in that he has been everywhere. There are limitless obstacles that could be thrown at Wolverine in a game and still be within the realm of possibility. He's been in the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man cameos, he's battled Thor and Hulk, then there's his dark past that could come back to bite him in the backside. The possibilities are endless, and that lends itself to the video game world.

 

 

X-Men

It's my opinion that the X-Men franchise has recently taken a back seat to the Avengers outstanding film success. X-Men has had its time to shine, with its own trilogy of films, X-Men Legends 1 and 2 video games (which are both great), and subsequent spin-off projects. I'd like to see this franchise in the current generation.

Oh, wait... it's been done. X-Men Destiny is a thing, but its an awful thing. The concept is a great one - choose your own mutant from three unknown's and grow them how you see fit. It's the execution that fell flat. The game really isn't worth playing. 

I would personally like to create my own young mutant from scratch, and have it let loose in a city, helping and/or hindering other mutants. Maybe the government herded all of the mutants into a city and is somehow keeping them trapped there. The goal would be to help the X-Men or the Brotherhood depending on your choices throughout the game. 

X-Men has a very large selection of both good guys and villains to choose from, so there'd be no shortage of missions/quests involving unique characters. 

I'm just spit-balling here, but I'd play that game. 

 

 

As it stands now, only speculation exists when it comes to Rocksteady's next move. One thing is for sure... its probably going to be pretty great.