A new kind of superhero rises
PLAY Magazine UK|November 2021
XCOM dev Firaxis reveals its celebration of Marvel’s dark side with Midnight Suns

Comic fans are huge nerds. Us included. When those comics are adapted, be it into movies, TV shows, or games, we crave that same level of passion. Firaxis is the team best known for revitalising XCOM, and you have to admire its Thunderballs for, upon being handed the keys to the Marvel Castle, deciding to make a game all about the semi-obscure ’90s superhero team Midnight Sons (here revised as the less male-angsty Midnight Suns).

Our own Mim remembers the comics well (and still has many). The books were dark and edgy in theme, yet bright in colour in the classic Marvel style. In the comics the Midnight Sons, formed by two versions of Ghost Rider, and including Doctor Strange, Morbius, Blade, and more, were outcasts. Yet together, those hardened, supernatural heroes became a kind of found family.

It’s not an obvious choice, which you have to respect. Yet it makes perfect sense not just for the type of story Firaxis wants to tell, but the way the studio wants it to play, too. Nazi-adjacent organisation Hydra has revived the Mother Of Demons, Lilith, and in turn she seeks to revive her own evil master, Chthon. Such dark powers are beyond what the Avengers can deal with on their own, requiring them to join forces with the Midnight Suns. But even as the Avengers kit up in their Suns-approved emo gear, they need one more person. They need you - the legendary Hunter.

HUNTING SEASON

You are an ancient warrior, and the forsaken child of Lilith. Only by your hand was she defeated before. You’re free to customise The Hunter so you feel like a genuine superhero, and you become the glue holding together these Midnight Suns of circumstance, leading the team through battles against demonic forces.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

RELATED STORIES

‘Shang-Chi' Adds a Thrilling Hero to Marvel Universe

If the Marvel Cinematic Universe has taught us anything it’s that heroes arise from unexpected places. For their 25th film entry, that place is valet parking.

3 mins read
AppleMagazine
September 10, 2021

Hell's Canyon Petrified Wood

WHAT TO CUT

3 mins read
Rock&Gem Magazine
September 2021

Your Best summer skin ever

Summer brings plenty of challenges for skin (hi, blazing sunshine and strong sea breezes). Thankfully, fresh, organic produce also ripens over the summer, and certain fruits and veggies can work some surprising wonders for your largest organ. Combine these foods with supplements that love your skin year-round, and you’ll have a solid skin health strategy

4 mins read
Natural Solutions
August 2021

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE, THERE'S Fire

For former No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, the last three years have had their ups and downs. Now that he and the Phoenix Suns are back on the way up, DA wants everyone to know that's where they're planning to stay.

10+ mins read
Slam
June - July 2021

ROLLING IN THE DEEP

Get tactical in authentic D&D roll-player SOLASTA: CROWN OF THE MAGISTER

7 mins read
PC Gamer US Edition
September 2021

How Learning Bharatanatyam Classical Dance Helped Expand My Understanding of Yoga

Before last spring, I had a well-established yoga routine: my own daily practice, teaching three classes a week at a nearby community center, and a volunteer gig teaching inmates at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

5 mins read
Yoga Journal
July - August 2021

Dancing with Fire: Flow through Pitta Season's Heat with Ease

According to Ayurveda, we're in pitta season, which brings warmth and activity. The summer's fiery energy fuels your desire to get out there and do things—like picnics, camping, and pool parties.

5 mins read
Yoga Journal
July - August 2021

Ayurveda Can Teach Us to Tend to Our Own Health — and the Earth's

It’s winter and a year into a pandemic, and I’m talking from my home in Boston via Skype with a doctor in Secunderabad, India—not for a diagnosis of any one illness, but about the precarious health of both individuals and the world.

8 mins read
Yoga Journal
July - August 2021

The Golden Iron Mineral

PYRITE’S MANY CRYSTAL FORMS KEEP COLLECTORS FASCINATED

8 mins read
Rock&Gem Magazine
June 2021

5 Things You Need to Know About Skin Cancer

Skin cancer rates are on the climb, and the sun is the major culprit. Now that summer is here, it’s time to get sun savvy to protect your body’s largest organ.

6 mins read
Clean Eating
Summer 2021