Question: what do you get when you cross tech genius with a love for comics and games? Marvel Universe Online!
Mike Davenport is the creator/creative director of The Marvel Universe Online, an open-world version of the Marvel Universe made by fans for fans that takes place on the ever-changing world of Earth 619.
Join me while I chat with Michael and let’s take a dive into the Marvel Universe Online!
In this episode:
[00:01 – 06:56] A Hero in Life and in the Game World
- I welcome Michael to the show
- A bit about Michael
- Learn more about Michael’s background
- The start of the fandom – God Loves, Man Kills
- A hero in life and in game
- Currently working in Germany
- How the love for gaming started
[06:57 – 30:02] Building Marvel Universe Online
- Michael’s inspiration to do something bigger
- Impacted by MMO’s
- Influenced by City of Heroes
- Developing the idea for MUO
- Starting the project of MUO
- How it started out as a joke
- Dumping the early concepts online
- The story of the ‘Almost Marvel MMO’
- Bringing the Marvel Universe to life
- Tackling the technical problems first
- Pitch before making
- Getting it out to the comic community to get involved
- Breaking through the industry
- Navigating licensing
- Taking it to the people first
- The game people want
- How to support and visit the website
[30:03 – 38:43] Raising Up Other Artists Through the Platform
- The present goal of the project
- Giving players more options than ever
- Commissioned art – showcasing artists
- Supporting other artists from the platform
- What you can do as an artist
- Printing out your own characters
- Bringing back the subscription model
- Making the Marvel world feel big and ‘lived in’
- The ability to traverse areas
- Different areas provide different experiences
[38:44 – 47:36] Closing Segment
- How can fans support
- Like, follow, share!!
- Contribute if you can
- Help in development
- Contact page on the website
- Get involved now
- How to connect with the Michael
- Final words
Get more from Michael on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to check out https://themarveluniverseonline.com/ and take a dive into the marvel universe online!
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