Square Enix Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel geeks collectively had their minds blown Monday night when Square Enix announced a banger at E3… Marvel’s Avengers! Peep the reveal below:

 

Our guy Derick broke down the deets on Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers on Monday and it looks like the next-gen Marvel co-op game we’ve dreamt of for years (check his post here). The Marvel’s Avengers E3 trailer shows Earth’s Mightiest Heroes attending a celebration of their new West Coast Base in San Francisco (there is an Avengers sub-team known as the West Coast Avengers but that’s not what we’re seeing with this upcoming video game. Marvel’s Avengers features a brand new, completely original, story from the team over at Crystals Studios).

Iron Man

Life seems pretty dang good in this Earth 696-like setting until Taskmaster (or what appears to be the classic Captain America villain, Taskmaster) attacks. Panic at the Disco and destruction ensues as the Avengers attempt to prevent the Golden Gate Bridge from exploding.

According to the trailer, Golden Gate Bridge acted as a distraction; and the real objective of Cross Bones was to destroy the nearby Helicarrier! Cool, a Helicarrier, not all that interesting… BUT thisss Helicarrier isn’t any ol’ airborne fortress. It’s powered by a cutting edge, unstable, energy source!! Someone how (oh baby, the suspense is killing me) the Helicarrier’s experimental core explodes – causing catastrophic damage to the Bay Area.

Now the imagery at this point feels a lot like “Justice League” where Superman is dead and stuff; but instead of Supes, the deceased appear to be Captain America and Thor.

Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield

We don’t expect these two to actually be dead, but it was a strong moment none the less.

After a five year time skip the Avengers appear to be outlawed, and Superhero-ing seems to be a thing of the past after the San Francisco event.

Square Enix Marvel’s Avengers release

Five Avengers were featured during the game’s debut: Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow and Iron Man; and each character looks to add their own distinct skillsets to the game play. We’re guessing Cap is an all-around brawler, Thor is an airborne/land combo tactical player, The Hulk is a straight up tank, Black Widow is a stealthy assassin type (go figure), and Iron Man is an aerial long-range blaster.

The Hulk is the only character that looks borderline like Mark Ruffalo too. Everyone else is completely reimagined to differentiate these Avengers from the comics, cartoons and movies. Which we’re all for, it’s common for charter designs to change when a new artist takes over on a Marvel comic – ultimately this is completely normal.

Tony Stark aka Iron Man talking to Bruce Banner aka The Hulk

At the end of the revel, we were teased with a look at the 4 player online co-op functions of Marvel’s Avengers. More specifically we got a glimpse of other unlockable Avengers like the OG Ant Man, Hank Pym! Seeing this new Ant Man got us thinking… Square Enix must have other unlockable heroes lined up for online play, and we want to speculate who!!!

Hank Pym in Marvel’s Avengers

Below we’ve complied a short list of absent Avengers from the Marvel’s Avengers trailer that we want to see in the game! Peep our picks below, and leave a comment containing the name of the Avenger you’d like to see! Before we start, it’s important to note that Spiderman’s appearance in the game might be limited at best. Since he’s owned by Sony the chances of our favorite web slinger showing up on X-Box are nonexistent. With that said, he might show up as a Play Station exclusive; a move that makes a lot of sense since PS4 owners get early access to the beta of Marvel’s Avengers.

Black Panther… rawr

Black Panther
Black Panther

T’Chala’s appearance in Marvel’s Avengers feels inevitable. You know, cus he’s one of the MCU’s most popular heroes n’ all. We Black Panther playing a lot like Captain America but with added features via suits. Imagine Black Panther knocking back a group of enemies with his kinetic energy based fit…. sick.

 

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

Square Enix is going to need to beef up their female playables and Captain Marvel would be a great start. Captain Marvel has a particular set of skills that would serve as a super powered version of Iron Man in-game. She’s faster, stronger and more durable than Iron Man, so we can picture a Roy & Marth from Super Smash Bros type dynamic between the two Marvel fan favorites.

 

Nova

Nova
Nova (MCU)

God Marvel, give us a friggin’ Nova movie already! Nova, last of the Nova Corp packs a serious punch with his ability to shoot energy blasts, fly, and look badass. If you’re only familiar with the John C. Riley version of Nova then you’re probably thinking that we’re crazy for wanting to see him in a game; but in the comics Nova is a primetime force. Often tasked as protecting Earth and the galaxy from space, Nova can keep up with the best of ’em and go toe to toe with cosmic level foes (a bit stronger than Taskmaster, ya dig?). His versatility as a ground and air based fighter could make him control like a poor man’s Thor. Imagine rolling with a team online with Nova, Thor and Iron Man – that would be like Top Gun… but like, good. Please Square Enix, open up the Avengers flood gates when you drop online characters!!!

 

Hawkeye

Hawkeye
Hawkeye

The dude with the bow and arrow would be a fantastic addition to the Marvel’s Avengers lineup, and would kill it as an upgraded version of Black Widow. Hawkeye’s reliance on skills, stealth, cunning and tech mirror Black Widow but with superior long range attacks via bow. His wide range of available arrow types would allow for great tactical play… maybe some Zelda ‘ish with Fire Arrows or Ice Arrows… any special arrow will do. Don’t underestimate game characters without flashy powers because game developers like to makeup for their super powered short comings with OP gadgetry!

 

The Thing

The Thing
The Thing

Only comic fans will really know this, but Ben Grimm aka The Thing from the Fantastic Four became an Avenger in 2010 (technically a New Avenger and a West Coast Avenger, but whatever). The Thing was permanently transformed into a rock-like creature (human) with incredible strength and durability after absorbing cosmic rays while on a space mission. Needless to say homeboy is hella strong. He’d compliment The Hulk as a second option for players needing to smash the daylight out of anything and everything within eye sight.

 

Bonus: Magneto

Magneto
Magneto

Don’t sleep on Magneto, people. Just because we haven’t seen him done right in a movie in 13 years (S/O to the original X-Men movies) doesn’t mean he’s not ready for video game prime time. This could be one of the many positive effects of the Fox/Disney Marvel merger as we’ll finally have the X-Men absorbed back into the Marvel machine (ever since the MCU popped off Marvel has been trying to keep titles like the X-Men and Fantastic Four hush hush since they didn’t make the same kind of money off of those properties. Luckily, that’s all changed). We know the game is centered around the Avengers, but let a boy dream. Ideally, Square will give us the option of playing as heroes or villains in online mode. Magneto’s magnetic mastery would be so much fun to play with, and he’d make for a fantastic all-around OP force!

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