Playtech has operated one of the most successful branded online slots franchises with its series of progressive jackpots based on Marvel Superheroes. However, if you’ve been wanting to play any of these games this week, you’ll notice that they are nowhere to be found anywhere on the web. So, where have the Marvel Mystery Jackpots gone – and, will you ever be able to play them again?
Disney’s Buyout of Marvel
In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. The decision has proven to be a wise one, financially, as both companies have benefitted greatly from the acquisition. In the years afterwards, Disney’s earnings increased by 22%, whether generated by more traditional films like Frozen or action titles like Guardians of the Galaxy.
The only party to really lose out is the online gambling market. Disney has always adopted an anti-gambling stance. In fact, its cruises don’t even feature casinos or slot machines, which are normally staples on any major cruise. As such, it should come as no surprise that Disney does not want its Marvel heroes to be associated with the gambling market by being featured on slot machines.
Which Games Have Been Removed?
Over 30 Marvel-branded online slots have been pulled from online casinos. The full list can be found below:
Avengers Scratchcard, Blade, Blade 50 Paylines, Blade Scratchcard, Captain America – The First Avenger, Captain America – The First Avenger Scratchcard, Daredevil, Daredevil Scratchcard, Elektra, Elektra Scratchcard, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 50 Paylines, Fantastic Four Scratchcard, Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider Scratchcard, Hulk Scratchcard, Hulk with Marvel Jackpot, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 2 50 Paylines, Iron Man 2 Scratchcard, Iron Man 3, Iron Man 3 Scratchcard, Iron Man with Marvel Jackpot, Marvel Roulette, Punisher War Zone, Punisher War Zone Scratchcard, Spider-Man Scratchcard, Spider-Man: Attack of The Green Goblin, The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk 50 Paylines, Thor Scratchcard, Thor The Mighty Avenger, Wolverine, Wolverine Scratchcard, X-Men, X-Men 50 Paylines and XMEN Scratchcard.
Other Branded Slots
Fortunately, the online slots market is full of fantastic branded games based on our favourite heroes. Comic book characters from DC, Vertigo and Image. Some of the games that are still available to play include:
- Judge Dredd (NYX)
- Justice League (NYX)
- Dark Knight Rises (Microgaming)
- Batman (NYX)
- Superman (Last Son of Krypton)
- Kickass (1×2 Gaming)
Playtech seems to have been preparing for this day for quite some time, as they developer have launched a new series of games that aims to replace some of its Marvel slots. Age of the Gods, a Greek mythology-themed slots series, made its debut towards the end of 2016. Each game in the series seems to have a corresponding Marvel slot:
- Iron Man 2 – Age of the Gods: King of Olympus
- Fantastic Four – Age of the Gods Furious Four
- The Avengers – Age of the Gods
- Elektra – Age of the Gods Goddess of Wisdom
The series even features a progressive jackpot network. So, if you’re missing out on the chance to win amazing progressive prizes, then you’ll still have the chance to cash in on one of four generous progressive jackpots from this series. They even have the same names as the Marvel Mystery Jackpots: Power, Extra Power, Super Power and Ultimate Power.
Original Superhero Slots
Slots developers are getting more confident about flexing their creative muscle when it comes to creating original characters. So, you’ll find more slots that feature proprietary superheroes, and they are certainly worth a spin – such as:
- Super Lady Luck (iSoftBet)
- Natural Powers (IGT)
- Jack Hammer (Microgaming)
- Warlords (NetEnt)
- Arrival (BetSoft)