EXCLUSIVE: 'Marvel Universe' Online Multiplayer Game Aims For 2012 Release, Says Marvel Exec

Marvel UniverseFROM MULTIPLAYER BLOG: In the near future, after you’ve seen Marvel’s upcoming “Captain America” movie (in 2011) and “Avengers” movie (in 2012) — when all of that is out of the way — you should play Marvel’s massively multiplayer online game.

Expect that to happen in 2012, because that’s the sequence of events Marvel’s president of worldwide consumer products, Simon Philips, told my Splash Page blog colleague Rick Marshall in a recent interview.

“It sounds like a long way away, but it’s not,” he said. “We’ve got to create, together with [game publisher] Gazillion, that environment that is going to be a totally immersive experience and a perpetual storytelling experience as well.” Philips said that he sees MMOs as “the next generation of storytelling.”

For more on Marvel's upcoming Marvel Universe MMO and Superhero Squad MMO, head over to MultiplayerBlog.MTV.com.