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The late, great Stan Lee not only revolutionized the comic book industry but also influenced a larger world of entertainment with motion pictures, TV shows, and games featuring the exploits and adventures of our favorite Marvel superheroes. You can imagine yourself as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Nick Fury, and other classic characters as you play games not just on your PlayStation or Xbox but on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. To honor the life and work of Stan the Man, here's an array of amazing, astonishing, and absorbing mobile games that will transport you into the Marvel superhero universe. Excelsior!

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Based on the 2012 film featuring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Gameloft's The Amazing Spider-Man places you in the red and blue costume of everyone's favorite web slinger as you run, swing, and climb your way around New York City. In this $6.99 game for iOS and Android, you advance and score points by traveling to different areas of the city to duke it out with ordinary street criminals and powerful supervillains. And just as you complete one of the more than 25 interactive missions, another one rears its hazardous head, leading up to an ultimate showdown with the ferocious Lizard. Much of the fun of the game is just swinging around town and climbing up and down buildings, giving you a sense of what it's like to be the "real" Spider-Man. But the fight scenes are especially exciting as you tap various buttons to punch, kick, jump, and hurl your webs at the bad guys.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Following the debut of The Amazing Spider-Man, this spectacular sequel continues the wall crawler's adventures and misadventures. In Gameloft's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($6.99 for iOS and Android), you resume your role as your friendly, neighborhood webhead, venturing out on different missions and adventures to battle the bad guys. The gameplay in this one is similar to its predecessor, but the visuals are cooler. And instead of forcing you to fight one bunch of regular thugs after another, the game takes off pretty quickly as you face off against the Green Goblin's gliders and try to track down the culprits behind New York City's latest crime wave. Along the way, you come face to face with some of Spidey's most infamous enemies, including the Green Goblin, Electro, and Venom. And like the first game, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 packs a sense of humor as the wall crawler hurls one-liners and insults just as easily as he spins his web.

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Marvel Contest of Champions

Sometimes you just feel like getting into a knockdown, drag-out fight, at least in a game. If so, Marvel Contest of Champions will satisfy your urge to beat someone up. In this free game for iOS and Android, you're challenged to fight superheroes and supervillains in a cosmic battle to determine the ultimate champion. Contest of Champions does offer strategy and a cool storyline, but it doesn't get bogged down in a lot of side business and activities outside your control and interest. You're transported to one alien world after another, where you must face a range of opponents, such as the Green Goblin, the Hulk, Wolverine, Iron Man, Iron Fist, and Captain America. The fighting is fast and furious as you tap the screen to punch, kick, jump, and defend yourself in each showdown against your opponent.

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Marvel Future Fight

In this free game, you assemble your own superhero teams by choosing top talent from among the Avengers, the X-Men, the Inhumans, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Ant Man and the Wasp, and many more. Built for iOS and Android, Marvel Future Fight challenges you in battle as you tap into the powers and abilities of each hero to defeat such awesome adversaries as Ultron. After equipping your team, choosing your leader, and determining your mission, you tap the right buttons to punch, blast, and ultimately defeat your opponents. During a fight, you can take advantage of teamwork by switching from one character to another. After you emerge victorious in one scenario, the game takes you to another scene where you command a different team to take on a new villain. As with many role-playing games, you have to adopt a certain strategy, but the battle scenes are the most fun with lots of rapid action and vivid graphics.

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Marvel Strike Force

An alien strike force is attacking the earth. Your mission: Defend your planet by assembling a team from among your allies and enemies. Available for iOS and Android, Marvel Strike Force pits the likes of Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Dr. Strange. Captain America, Iron Man, Loki, Venom, and other superheroes and supervillains against the invading alien army. Each character has his or her own strengths, powers, and skills, which you use to advance from one mission and battlefield to the next. The fight scenes may seem deceptively simple, but you have to know which skills to use and how to use them; otherwise, you'll suffer ignominious defeat. And, well, there goes the planet. Strike Force combines a cool storyline, strategic missions, exciting visuals, and fierce fighting as you team up with your favorite Marvel good guys and bad guys.

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Marvel Puzzle Quest

Here's a quieter but still fun game for those of you who like puzzle challenges. In Marvel Puzzle Quest, a free game for iOS and Android, you assemble a team of superheroes including Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and the Hulk to take on Dr. Doom and an army of evil soldiers. Your actual task is to move colored jewels and other objects around the screen to get three or four in a row of the same type. If you do, the objects above come crashing down, awarding you points in your battle against your opponent. Sounds simple, but there's strategy involved here as you have to figure out which objects to move to rack up the greatest number of points and emerge victorious.

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Marvel Pinball

Those of you who enjoy a round of virtual pinball should get some thrills out of Zen Studios' Marvel Pinball. Designed for iOS and Android, this 99-cent game presents you with a pinball table decked out with classic Marvel superheroes. Marvel Pinball starts you off with one table featuring the Avengers. For $1.99 each, additional tables are available featuring Spider-Man, the Hulk, Captain America, the X-Men, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. The gameplay is what you'd expect. Shoot the ball and keep it alive and moving as long as possible using the flippers and some table tilts. The graphics are cool, especially for Marvel fans, and your favorite characters even show up on the table to duke it out with each other.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

If you love the outer space adventures and snarky shenanigans of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic books and movies, then you'll get a kick out this game. Built for iOS ($4.99) and Android (free), Guardians of the Galaxy follows the escapades of Quill (aka Star-Lord), Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot as they fight to keep a powerful artifact out of the hands of Thanos and other bad guys. In this five-episode game, you assume the role of Star-Lord, movin' and groovin' to your favorite music of the 70s and 80s as you lead your team across the galaxy. Beyond the excitement and adventure, the coolest aspect of the game is that the plot is in your hands. At key moments, you get to chose your dialogue and actions to determine how the story unfolds. Guardians of the Galaxy moves along as part motion picture and part interactive ride, combining stunning visuals, fast gameplay, vivid characters, and an absorbing storyline.

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  1. In honor of the late, great Stan Lee, here's a cool collection of games that transport into the Marvel Universe.
  2. You can play as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and many other characters as you try to save the city or the entire world.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."