The MARVEL Video Games X-men Embargo – Explained!

MARVEL video games have been on my mind lately. It’s all because of that Avengers Project announcement, the fact that both MARVEL vs Capcom: Infinite and Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series are coming out this year and also the fact that I have just been playing tons of Contest of Champions lately. So, I thought that I’d make a post about that infamous embargo on X-men characters in MARVEL video games.

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Let’s start off with what this embargo even is. Basically, MARVEL aren’t allowing themselves to have any X-men characters in their video games. The embargo came into play when Contest of Champions came out, meaning that MCoC is the last MARVEL video game to feature characters from the X-men universe.

Now, you need to remember that 20th Century Fox are the ones that have the live-action movie rights to the X-men characters. Read all about how that happened by clicking here. Now, the thing is that 20th Century Fox is currently the only company that has the rights to make live-action X-men movies. And MARVEL knows that once they are able to have X-men characters in their movies, they are going to be making a crapton more money. Now, the way the deal with 20th Century Fox works is that if they don’t bring out a movie with those characters in a certain amount of time, the rights go back to MARVEL.

Bear in mind that this deal means that Fox only has live-action movie rights. MARVEL still has the rights to make novels, comics, toys, animated movies and, of course, video games with the X-men characters. But, why aren’t they using those rights then?

Well, MARVEL had to think of every possible way how they could avoid promoting those characters, so that the movies would start becoming less and less successful and eventually the rights would return to their daddy. Now, MARVEL knew they can’t just stop making X-men comics, since it’s one of their most successful teams. Of course, that’s exactly what they did with the Fantastic Four (Fox also has the movie rights to the Fantastic Four).

However, MARVEL managed to think of another way. They agreed that after Contest of Champions, they cannot have X-men characters in their games.

And that’s it for this post. In my next post I will talk about my thoughts and opinions on this embargo, so stay tuned for that. Share this post on your social media if you feel like you want other people to know about it. Talking about social media, don’t forget to like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram and subscribe to me on YouTube. But that’s it from me for now. See thee soon!


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