Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (Marvel Edition)
I have a guilty pleasure. Something I’m not entirely proud of but I’ll just go ahead and say it, I’m a Survivor superfan. I started way back with Survivor Borneo and have seen every season at least twice. I can name all the winners, probably know more than 75% of the over 400 people who have played and have imagined myself out there at least a thousand times. Sadly my geographic location excludes me from ever throwing myself on an island full of strangers to play one of the greatest social/strategic games ever invented. I’m relegated to applying to its deformed circus performer cousin, Big Brother Canada.
I imagine that you are reacting one of three ways to that paragraph.
“I love that show!”
“That’s still on?”
“What’s a Survivor?”
It’s okay. They’re all normal reactions. The show is almost old enough to vote, no worries if you forgot it existed or never even heard about. Somehow it keeps kicking. I say in large part due to the hardcore fan base that has developed around it. Much like comic fandom, being a Survivor fan becomes a part of you. From the numerous podcasts dissecting a single episode each week and countless discussion groups, there is no shortage of content to consume. Also much like the Marvel and DC universes, Survivor has built up a rich lore filled with iconic moments, legendary heroes and ruthlessly cunning villains. It’s what keeps the hardcore fans engaged and the casuals coming back each week for another episode. At its heart, Survivor is a show about people and how they react to the given situations that confront them every episode. Sound familiar?
So why not smash them together.
I give you Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains 2 (Marvel edition)
When deciding to do this I knew I had to use the template from what many consider to be one of the greatest Survivor season of all time. Season 20, dubbed Heroes vs. Villains, brought back 20 iconic players from the first 19 seasons and separated them into two tribes based on their traits shown in the past. I won’t spoil but it was a battle to end all battles and produced some of the greatest moves in the history of the game as well as establishing the legacies of multiple players. So why not see what we get when we throw in ten Marvel heroes up against ten of the universe’s baddies in a battle of wits.
Thanks to the people over at Brantsteel.com, this is completely possible. However, We need to cast this season before we get to the fun stuff. Let’s start with the good guys.
It would have been easy to just throw in the most popular characters but that’s not how you cast a great season. A season is made great by the personalities involved and how they clash/ thrive with each other. Have too many similar players and you get a pretty boring result. Too much variety and you can get an epic mess. Like everything in life, it’s about finding that balance. So I picked some big names and some of my own personal favs in hopes to produce as true to form season that I could. I give you the TRIBAL BREAKDOWN.
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Captain America
- Ironman (Tony Stark)
- Captain Marvel
- Jessica Jone
- The Wasp (Janet VanDyne)
- Black Widow
- Kang The Conqueror
- Lady Deathstrike
- Black Cat
- Cassandra Nova
I’m not gonna lie, I favour the Villain’s tribe. Overall they hold some strategic powerhouses in Magneto and the Kingpin as well as some physical threats with Mystique, Lady Deathstrike, and Taskmaster. The biggest wild card could be Carnage as his sociopathic tendencies could make for an interesting social game early as player look to form those early bonds. If I had to pick the biggest threat, however, I’d have to go with Elektra as she seems to strike the balance of abilities (social, strategic, physical) the best.
On the heroes tribe, The Sentry could be a loose cannon if The Void makes an appearance and drag the tribe down in challenges. Also after the events of Civil War 2 and Secret Empire, it will be interesting to see how Tony Stark, Captain Marvel, and Captain America get along. I’d love to see a powerful trio form but it’s unlikely as I predict them going after each other early allowing less threatening players like Storm and The Wasp to sneak deep into the game. Now let’s get to a few predictions.
Kingpin, Carnage, Deathstrike, Mystique
As I mentioned earlier, I’m using Brantsteele.net for this simulation. They are a great website filled with reality show simulations. If your interested, you can sim a variety of different seasons at your leisure if you think I did a terrible job with this. Nailing the physical stats for the simulator was tough so I apologize if you have a problem with some of the settings I ended up going with. I did the best I could so get off my back will ya. Click the link below and you can watch the simulation play out like a real season of Survivor.
Overall I’m a little disappointed with the entertainment value of the game and my piss poor predictions. Without spoiling, the action was dull at some points but I feel there were some good moments along the way. A couple clutch idol plays and a rootable underdog saves the season from being bad but keeps it firmly in the mediocre tier. Let me know what your thoughts in the comments and what another season you would like to see in the future!
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Dan is Canadian writer whose series, MISTER CROWLEY, is currently in production with Inbeon Studios. In Dan’s other life he has worked an after-school program for the last five years and nights as a developmental service worker.