Square Enix an­nounces it’s work­ing with Marvel on a new Avengers game

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Marvel is such a tease, show­ing us flashes of Cap­tain Amer­ica’s shield, and Thor’s ham­mer ly­ing unat­tended in a sea of pixel-per­fect rub­ble while flaunt­ing its new re­la­tion­ship with Square Enix. The su­per­hero pur­veyor didn’t show an aw­ful lot in its first trailer, but the hints sug­gest some­thing huge is on the way.

With all the bro­ken Avenger gear and em­pha­sis on ‘re­assem­bling’, ex­pect to see the gang back to­gether to fight a new evil. And it won’t be a re­hash of the Avengers arc you al­ready know from the movie uni­verse, in­stead boast­ing an en­tirely orig­i­nal plot­line. So while it’ll def­i­nitely in­volve the likes of the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Cap­tain Amer­ica, it might not be the ver­sions of the char­ac­ters you’re fa­mil­iar with.

Tak­ing a look at the cur­rent crop of Marvel comics al­ready paints a very dif­fer­ent world to the one that cin­ema-go­ing au­di­ences rec­og­nize. Thor is now a fe­male char­ac­ter, Iron Man has taken young ge­nius Riri Williams un­der his wing, and Bruce Ban­ner is no more, with an en­tirely new Hulk who can now con­trol his green out­bursts. We think this is re­ally for the best, as we were get­ting tired of the tem­per tantrums.

Turn a new page

Whether the Avengers’ project will be tak­ing more in­spi­ra­tion from the comics, or go­ing a com­pletely dif­fer­ent route is yet to be seen, though there are a lot of char­ac­ters that could be added to the line-up. These in­clude the pop­u­lar Spider-Gwen and Ms Marvel. Marvel has also promised that there will be mul­ti­ple ti­tles and ‘a uni­verse gamers can play in for years to come’, which sug­gests we’ll be see­ing far more of Marvel’s heroic line-up over the next few years. Maybe we’ll end up fight­ing along­side the Guardians Of The Galaxy, or even Squir­rel Girl (we love her).

Tak­ing on the first part of this project is Crys­tal Dy­nam­ics—the dev re­spon­si­ble for the ex­cel­lent Tomb Raider reboot. With so much ac­tion­based ex­pe­ri­ence un­der its belt, this un­ex­pected al­liance is in good hands. We can al­ready pic­ture all those su­per hero­ics in beau­ti­ful mo­tion.

There a long time to wait yet, with more de­tails com­ing in 2018

Below Thor ain’t nothin’ with­out his ham­mer. Might as well call him Bore. Tee-hee.

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