Why Marvel’s Midnight Suns Changed The “Sounds” Part Of Its Title

Marvel’s Midnight Suns almost had a slightly different title.


In a press presentation to CBR, Firaxis Games revealed that they changed the supernatural team’s name from “Sons” to “Suns” to represent the group’s female heroes. In the original comic book series, the Midnight Sons referred to a group of almost all-male heroes who joined forces to fight against supernatural threats. The name change allowed Firaxis to add female heroes to the lineup without countering the male-sounding team name.

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In August 2021, the developer of the upcoming title originally offered a different reason for the title’s slight tweak. “The decision to call the game Marvel’s Midnight Suns was motivated by Firaxis’ love for the original son of midnight comedy series, while the name change highlights the fact that it is not a retelling of the original story and offers an all-new, unforgettable adventure. The Marvel’s Midnight Suns name is unique to the game,” Firaxis explained.


Who are the Midnight Suns?

midnight suns appears in ghost rider (vol.3) #31 by writer Howard Mackie with art by Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert. The game lets players design a fully customizable character called The Hunter, with over 40 different superpowers to choose from. The hunter is the child of the game’s main villain – Lilith, mother of demons. On Halloween, midnight suns explored Lilith’s backstory in the prequel short “The Salem Sisters,” which transported viewers to the 1600s.

other than the hunter, midnight suns features a roster of 13 characters filled with superheroes like Blade, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Magik, Nico Minoru, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Initially, the midnight suns almost offered a more extensive character roster, with about 20 playable options. However, the potentially larger group caused problems with the development team.

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“The first roster was 20 characters or something, so very quickly we were like, ‘Okay, our production is where it’s not going to be sustainable. We have to narrow that down a bit,” designer Joe Weinhoffer said. Weinhoffer went on to explain how Marvel supported Firaxis Games during development and gave them carte blanche to decide which characters made the roster.

“But yeah, Marvel was awesome. They gave us free rein to use any character we wanted and licensed it or IPed it as a Universe game,” he said. . “So we can use the avengers and the mutants and the RunawaysSpider-Man and all supernatural characters.”

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is scheduled for December 2 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Versions for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch are expected to launch in 2023.

Source: Firaxis Games

Kimberly B. Nguyen