Comics icon Stan Lee is about to add a whole new slew of superheroes to his resume.
The man whose credits include co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men will release on March 19 his very own video game, one that boasts such characters as a Russian muscleman named Captain Steamhammer and a kid genius known as Seer.
“Stan Lee’s Hero Command” will be available as a free-to-play game for iOS and Android devices. The game will include in-app purchases, details of which have not yet been unveiled, but Lee said in an interview that additional superheroes and missions will be added post-launch.
“I like the fact that there are new characters who come along all the time,” Lee said. “Most video games you’re stuck with the characters you get. Here, we’ll have new ones coming aboard all the time. I guess that will help us make more money, which is pretty good.”
“Stan Lee’s Hero Command” will star Lee himself as the leader of an elite force of heroes who will protect an Earth in peril. This isn’t the first time Lee has appeared in a video game, as “Lego Marvel Super Heroes” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” each included appearances from the comic legend.
Players can pick from three main characters at launch. Antagonists will include a gnome villain known as Lord Hibiculus and an awakened mummy named Sand Witch. Lee was particularly taken with the latter.
“I don’t want to say too much about her because there has never been a character like her before, but she is a witch and she is very beautiful, to throw you off,” Lee said. “She’s called the ‘Sand Witch,’ you know, like you eat a sandwich? She’s a Sand Witch. Don’t ask me who made up that name. I had nothing to do with that.”
“Stan Lee’s Hero Command” is a partnership between Lee’s own Pow Entertainment and F84 Games, the company responsible for “Survival Run with Bear Grylls.”
If the game is a success, it’s possible these characters be spun off to star in projects in other media.
“This is our first major opportunity to get into the digital space and hopefully introduce characters who will become a franchise,” said Lee’s business partner Gill Champion. “Hopefully this will grow into an universe that can be used in multiple other means of distribution.”
For now, Lee is simply betting that the public’s appetite for superheroes isn’t going to lessen.
“The public will always like stories about people who are bigger and better and have more power and more talent and more abilities than they have,” Lee said. “It’s fun to wish that you were like that. It’s imaginative, and now we can do all the special effects that we were never able to do all those years ago.”
“We can see these people — these super-powered people in action — and I think that’s something fans never get tired of,” Lee said.
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