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We're no strangers to doing a little "What If?" pondering around Splash Page HQ, so we'd like to think that in an alternate universe somewhere, Brian Bendis' work on the canceled "Marvel Universe Online" multiplayer video game eventually made its way to PCs and consoles everywhere. However, we're stuck in a world in which the game stalled out in 2008 and never saw the light of day — despite significant progress on many of the environments planned to host Marvel's massive, multiplayer adventure.

In fact, when we had Bendis in the studio, we asked him about the game and where it was at when everything fell apart.

"There were literally dozens of missions written, there was the Baxter Building built, the X-Mansion was built," Bendis told MTV News. "But it all just... poof... just went away." Read More...

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'Marvel Universe' MMOYesterday, we brought you an update on the recent deal between Marvel Entertainment and game developer Gazillion that offered up some exclusive details regarding the types of Marvel-based games we can expect from the deal and when we can expect to see them hit shelves. But that wasn't all we learned from my conversation with Simon Phillips, Marvel's president of worldwide consumer products.

While my chat with the Marvel exec offered up a lot of information about the gaming-side particulars of the deal, Phillips also addressed some of the issues likely to be foremost on the minds of Splash Page readers -- namely, the role of Marvel's upcoming movies and stable of comic book writers in the long-awaited "Marvel Universe" multiplayer online game.

"Marvel is all about the synergy between each of the different areas we're involved in -- from the comics to the movies to the animation to the merchandising, all of them work together," Phillips told MTV News. "And the ['Marvel Universe' game] is going to play off all of that." Read More...

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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.

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'Marvel'Not content with the lion's share of the comic book market and a slew of highly anticipated films, Marvel announced today that it will partner with upstart video game developer Gazillion Entertainment to produce online multiplayer titles based on its vast library of iconic characters. The two companies have inked a 10-year exclusivity agreement.

In a release sent wide this afternoon, Gazillion made known their plans for games based on Marvel properties, which includes "Super Hero Squad," based on the popular, younger-skewed toys and soon-to-be Cartoon Network series, and "Marvel Universe," a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) for PC and various game consoles. No other details have been released as of press time regarding the two in-development games. Read More...

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