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Marvel Future Fight is an Action RPG launched April 2015 for mobile developed by Netmarble on both the Android Google Play store and the iOS App Store.

Future Fight takes place in an alternate universe version of the Marvel Universe based heavily on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The story follows the Avengers as they respond to a new world-ending crisis; an unknown force attempting to tear apart the fabric of reality, causing numerous Bad Future timelines to cross over with their own, leading to warped, evil versions of superheroes attacking the people of the world, and the creation of powerful ISO-8 material, strange mystical rocks that greatly amplify the power of individuals that wield it.

From the Bad Future timeline, Nick Fury is able to record one last message to the Player warning the present of the impending danger, causing Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow to begin working to undo the damage done by the crossing timelines, attempt to find the truth behind the impending apocalypse, and stop the rise in supervillain activity along the way as numerous villains and organizations from Loki, to a reformed Hydra, to a new criminal empire beneath The Kingpin begin making a grab for power using their new allies from alternate timelines and the enhancements of the ISO-8.


The gameplay is much closer to a traditional Action RPG than the mobile platform would indicate- players command a team of three Marvel heroes or villains and use the touchscreen to either tap where they should move to, or control a virtual joystick to move them. Each character has a set of powers and a basic attack, which are activated by touchscreen buttons, and are used to clear short 1-2 minute levels full of enemies to defeat and ending in a boss battle.

While it is often compared to them, Future Fight has nothing to do with Marvel Ultimate Alliance or Marvel: Avengers Alliance.


This game provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Every playable woman in the game, naturally.
  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The sale value for most items, such as upgrade materials and ISO-8, is ridiculously low. It's not uncommon to see prices in the shop be as high as 20 or 30 times the sale value.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The story is basically just Jonathan Hickman's Avengers story arc with the Fantastic Four and X-Men adapted out (initially, at least), and tons of MCU stuff adapted back into it to stretch it out and add more plotlines and flesh out some of the other timelines.
  • Adaptational Heroism: All of the playable villain characters, who are presumably good timeline versions of themselves.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • Ronan the Accuser continues to be treated as an irredeemable villain like in the movies, but they also adapt Yondu and the Ravagers to be more villainous: in the movie, he seems mostly amused when he discovers that Star-Lord double-crossed him to give The Orb to Nova Corps, here he holds Rocket at The Kyln and tries to kill Star-Lord and the Avengers for the transgression.
    • Likewise, Raina is more straight-up villainous here than she was in Agents of SHIELD, working with her dimension's HYDRA to start an Inhuman uprising. In the show, she was Ambiguously Evil and considered allying with HYDRA a step too far.
    • Yellowjacket is in his villainous movie incarnation here, rather than being one of Hank Pym's heroic identities in the comics.
  • Adapted Out: Averted; while neither the X-Men nor the Fantastic Four were in the game originally, the X-Men were added in 2017, and the Fantastic Four in 2019.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The Nova Corps, carried over from the movies again.
    • The Hulk is also an example. He can be soundly beaten by characters like Gwenpool and the Vulture, both of which he does not have trouble with in the comicsnote . The kicker is he is combat type and they are speed type, which means he's supposed to have type advantage against them.
  • Advertised Extra: Melinda May is given as much emphasis on the Agents of SHIELD loading screens as the new actually playable characters, but she's just an NPC and a summon for Coulson. Sharon Carter and The Vision are advertised during the Civil War loading screen as well, but unlike the others, didn't receive new costumes or significant updates.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: The 2099 version of Captain America is a woman and that world's Black Widow is black.
  • Age Lift: Groot's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 look puts him in his growing form.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: As usual, Ultron. Additionally, during the endgame it's revealed that Jocasta wasn't actually sent by Nick Fury from the future, but instead by MODOK who is using her to keep the heroes and player trapped in a time loop, running through the incursions and killing each other and losing track of the real problem infinitely while he recreates the universe in his image.
  • The Alcatraz: The Kyln, the massive Nova Corps-operated prison in deep space. Ronan takes it over by brainwashing the Nova guarding there and using it to contain Groot.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The first chapter revolves around Ultron launching an attack on Stark Tower, which he quickly takes over, overriding War Machine's suit and the Tower security in the process.
  • The Alliance: The player forms one of the various heroes and villains across the various timelines assembled over the course of the game.
  • Amazon Brigade: There are various team bonuses for combinations of female heroes. Coulson's team in the Agents of SHIELD levels also qualifies, as besides Coulson himself it consists of Sif, Daisy, Bobbi, and May (though Lincoln later comes on as a Sixth Ranger).
  • Amazon Chaser: During the Agents of SHIELD levels, Lincoln admits to developing a crush on Sif the warrior goddess.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: The 2015 Christmas event, which involved the heroes teaming up to stop Red Skull from unleashing a brain-washed Hulk on the streets of Harlem and ruin the holiday.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: Black Cat, Black Panther, Black Widow, Doctor Octopus, Falcon, the various Spider-heroes, Ant-Man, Wasp, and Yellowjacket. Lampshaded in the Ant-Man campaign, where Wasp suggests that Black Widow should start using Pym Particles to be her namesake's actual size like the other insect-named heroes. Rocket Raccoon doesn't count, as he's not just animal-themed but a straight-up Animal Superhero; Warwolf is also excepted for similar reasons.
  • Antagonistic Offspring: Ultron towards Hank Pym. Loki towards Odin and the rest of Asgard.
  • Anti Poop-Socking: Like most F2P games of its type, the game can only be played so much before an energy meter runs out, requiring the player to pay for refills or wait for it to refill naturally.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: The Ravagers.
  • Art Shift: Hawkeye, Loki, and Hyperion have received "Classic" costumes of their original comic designs, and they're cel-shaded to look exactly like the comics instead of using the realistic art style of the rest of the game.
  • Artificial Limbs: Several characters use robotic appendages. Winter Soldier, Gamora, Nebula, Deathlok, and Sister Grimm all make use of them.
  • Assist Character: Agent Coulson's three-star skill allows him to summon Melinda May as an assist character, and his six-star skill summons Captain America. Certain characters can come in as Strikers if they're paired with other characters they have a history with, encouraging players to pair up their teams accordingly.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant Man in-general. The Special Mission where he is recruited from involves him using Pym Particles to grow the entire team to giant size and fight an army of Frost Giants. Ant-Man learns how to go Giant Man himself during the Civil War event with the addition of his new Civil War uniform.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Black Bolt. Black Panther. The Kingpin. Red Skull.
  • Badass in Distress: The Guardians of the Galaxy story chapter features the Avengers needing to rescue each member of the Guardians one at a time, starting with rescuing Star-Lord from MODOK, getting Rocket back from the Ravagers, Groot and Gamora from the brainwashed Nova Corps and Nebula, and finally saving Drax from a one-on-one fight with Ronan.
  • Badass Longcoat: Quite a few to go around: Star-Lord, Yondu, and the Ravager pirates wear one as part of their Ravager uniforms; Hawkeye gets one for his Age of Ultron uniform; and the Red Skull and Elsa Bloodstone each wear one as well.
  • Badass Normal: Quite a few of the playable characters: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Sharon Carter, The Punisher, Bullseye, and Agent Coulson.
  • Bad Future: Dozens of them. The game opens with one such Bad Future as a tutorial, before Nick Fury sends a distress message back to the present. Most of the Dimensional Rifts feature Loki unleashing a corrupted version of a heroic character on New York, and every story mission with a hero character as a boss is a similar corrupted bad future timeline version of the character.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: All your efforts to stop the Bad Future are for nothing; this isn't even the first time you've run this particular gauntlet, and MODOK is going to ensure that you and the heroes you've gathered are trapped in an endless loop forever. The Agents of SHIELD update, following this original ending, provides some hope of averting this in the end, at least.
  • Bald Women: Nebula, as usual.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Angela.
  • Bash Brothers: A number of the two-character team-up bonuses, like Spider-Man and Venom, or Thor and Loki. The Civil War event puts extra emphasis on Captain America and Winter Soldier as a team, and Iron Man and War Machine, introducing uniforms that let them summon each other.
  • Battle Couple: A number of team-up bonuses are made by putting romantic partners together.
  • Berserk Button: Suggesting that he's not far removed from being a supervillain is one for Tony Stark. The idea of Ronan still being alive is one for Drax. Attempting to appeal to his humanity is one for Loki.
  • BFG: Rocket's guns would be big, even if he wasn't the size of a standard Raccoon. By default, the Punisher uses a massive grenade launcher as his primary weapon. Agent Coulson wields the Bambino, which is almost as big as he is, for most of his moves.
  • BFS: Angela's sword is pretty big, and seems to grow even bigger during some of her moves. Drax gets one of his own with his All-New, All-Different uniform.
  • Big Applesauce: Most of the game's action takes place in New York City.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Various sections of the game have different main villains:
    • Throughout the main story, AIM, HYDRA, Kingpin's criminal organization/the Hand, Spider-Man's rogues gallery, and Ultron all get tangled up in the conflict. And then the final villains turn out to be the future Avengers, having resigned themselves to Shoot the Dog and protect their world by wiping out their past selves.
      • Updates to the original version of this section added levels based on Agents of SHIELD with Raina and the Inhumans, Thor with the Enchantress, and ''The Ultimates with Anti-Man, all with their own separate schemes.
    • Loki also takes advantage of the chaos with the original Dimensional Rift levels.
    • In the Guardians side levels, Ronan and the Ravagers are the villains. In Ant-Man, it's Yellowjacket. These two sets of levels were formerly in Special Missions, but now make up the Dimension Rift.
    • Thanos and his Black Order are the enemies in World Boss mode.
    • The Special Mission levels feature Loki for New Avengers, Maximus the Mad for Inhumans, and Doctor Octopus as head of the Sinister Six in Spider-Man. Gotcha — it's actually Mysterio directing the Six. They've since been folded into Dimension Missions along with the Special Missions.
    • In Epic Quests, Kaecilius is the villain of Doctor Strange, Magneto and Maximus have joined forces for X-Men, Stryfe for X-Force, and Dr. Doom for Fantastic Four.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: At least Rocket understands Groot despite him only being capable of saying "I am Groot", much to the Avengers' confusion. Rocket explains that it's not that hard to tell what he's saying; he just pays attention. Drax, on the other hand, admits he doesn't:
    Groot: I am Groot.
    Drax: I suppose you are right.
    Rocket: You understood him!?
    Drax: No. He's just usually right.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Ronan gains the ability to do this during the Guardians of the Galaxy story update. He uses it to sic the Nova Corps on the Guardians and the Avengers, and forces the team to fight Groot. This also hits the New Avengers in their levels, and Maximus the Mad pulls the Inhumans and X-Men under his control during their respective storylines.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Like most F2P games, getting the highest level characters and equipment will either take a long, long time and a lot of grinding, or can be fast-tracked with money.
  • Broad Strokes: The characters in this game are broad stroke adaptations of their comic or MCU selves, with the other used as flavor text and periphery information.
  • Brother–Sister Team: The "Siblings of Asgard" team; Thor, Loki, and their sister Angela.
  • Cain and Abel: Loki is the Cain to Thor's Abel.
  • Canon Foreigner: Netmarble has created a few new heroes exclusively for the game, including Sharon Rogers, Luna Snow, and Crescent. The latter two became Canon Immigrants in War of the Realms, joining the comics universe as members of the new Agents of Atlas.
  • Cap: Player level caps at 70. Each character's level cap varies by rank, but likewise will ultimately be 70. Most characters' individual gears are capped at 20, while some can reach 25. Skills are capped at 6.
  • The Captain: Captain America for the Avengers, Star-Lord for the Guardians, Coulson for SHIELD. Captain America and Star-Lord specifically get a team-up bonus highlighting this role.
  • Captain Patriotic: Captain America, of course. The other hero who is one naturally is Sharon Rogers, Cap's alternate-universe daughter who took on his mantle. Falcon and Winter Soldier also get their Captain America costumes from when they were the resident Cap in the comics, War Machine gets an Iron Patriot costume, and MODOK and Punisher get their own Cap costumes as well.
  • Chekhov M.I.A.: Hank Pym is mentioned multiple times in the original story line, as the Avengers are frustrated while dealing with Ultron early on. Stark even directly states "I wish Hank Pym were here". Sure enough, Hank appeared in-person in the Ant-Man update in his Giant Man persona, and is a major character in the Ant-Man special mission side story.
    • In the Infinity series of World Boss raids, Black Panther mentions having been in contact with Doctor Strange, who provides the team with information on the Cull Obsidian and the Infinity Gems.
    • Dr. Strange eventually appears when his own Marvel's Dr. Strange update is added.
  • Civvie Spandex: Falcon, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Luke Cage, Punisher, Star-Lord, Yondu, Sister Grimm, Daisy, Lincoln, Coulson, Elsa Bloodstone, and Jessica Jones all wear relatively normal clothing to some degree. So do Hulk, Red Hulk, and Lash; if you count being a Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Character Class System: Four classes- Combat, Speed, Blasters and Universal. Combat heroes deal bonus damage to Speed Heroes, Speed Heroes deal bonus damage to Blasters, and Blasters deal bonus damage to Combat heroes. Universal Heroes don't have a weakness to any of them, and deal bonus damage to all of them.
  • The Chessmaster: All of the game's villains attempt to play this role by manipulating the colliding universes, ISO-8 and the general chaos, but It's ultimately MODOK who comes out on top; he was the one who started destroying time and space to begin with, to split off the timelines and delay the reality destroying incursions, to buy time for him to recreate the universe in his own image. Pretending to be Nick Fury, he sent Jocasta back in time and continued to use her to trap the player and all the heroes you collect over the game in an infinite time loop, forcing them to fight and kill each other endlessly while destroying time and allowing him to rebuild.
  • Chest Blaster: Iron Man's iconic Unibeam, as always.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: The Iron Man and Ant-Man characters do this by default. Alternate costumes can also give stat boosts.
  • Co-Dragons: Nebula and Yondu play this role for Ronan during the Guardians missions.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The four character types; Combat characters have red icons and use red upgrade materials, Blast characters use blue icons and materials, Speed characters use green, and Universal characters get purple.
  • Combination Attack: Characters can perform these if the right team bonuses are in effect.
  • Combat Medic: Groot's kit is basically built around this; he has multiple abilities dedicated to keeping him alive, and healing damage, and while ISO-8 and certain passives can give any character some self-heals, Groot is the only one who can lay down an area of effect ring that heals allies in Team-Up mode or heal other members of your team when you switch him out for the duration of the ability.
  • Combat Tentacles: Doctor Octopus' mechanical arms, and Venom and Carnage's Tendrils.
  • The Comically Serious: Lady Sif, and to a lesser extent, Jocasta, aren't very good at picking up jokes or snark.
  • Composite Character: Most characters are composites of their mainline Marvel Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe selves.
    • Of note are the "Infinity Warp" characters from Infinity Wars (2018), who are Fusion Dances of two separate heroes: Iron Hammer (Iron Man/Thor), Arachknight (Spider-Man/Moon Knight), Weapon Hex (Scarlet Witch/X-23), and Ghost Panther (Ghost Rider/Black Panther). Gwenpool also originated as a Spider-Gwen/Deadpool mashup.
  • Contagious A.I.: Ultron, like usual. He's been slowly building up a massive army of Ultron Drones, which leads the Avengers to believe that he's the one responsible for the Bad Future early on.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: The boss version of The Destroyer armor shrugs off any Energy damage. During the Halloween Event, the Green Goblin and Venom bosses were immune to all Energy Damage, and the Christmas Event featured a battle with a Red Skull and Hulk immune to Physical Damage.
  • Cool Bike: Ghost Rider's motorcycle, naturally.
  • Cool Old Guy: Hulk becomes one when wearing the Maestro uniform.
  • Creator Provincialism: As a Korean developer, Netmarble's wholly original characters Luna Snow and Crescent have both been Korean, and the Warriors of the Sky are from relatively-nearby Asian countries. Meanwhile, Sharon Rogers was mandated to be American but her backstory specifies that she was born in Korea. The update that introduced Crescent also added White Fox, a pre-existing Korean heroine who first appeared in the Korean webcomic Avengers: Electric Rain before being brought into the comics.
  • Cute Bruiser: Kamala Khan is an excitable teenage fan-girl who also happens to be an extremely hard-hitting combat class tank. Likewise there's Silk, who is widely considered one of the most overpowered characters in the entire game.
  • Cyborg: Doctor Octopus, MODOK, Nebula, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Winter Soldier, Yondu, and Deathlok.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The first Special Mission set is this for the Guardians of the Galaxy. The second is this for the Ant-Man characters. Story chapters 9 and 10 serve as this for the Agents of SHIELD tie-in characters.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The "Chatterbox" team, comprised of Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Drax must be defeated before he believes that you aren't brainwashed and evil and join the team.
  • Demoted to Extra: Kurse, a major character in Thor: The Dark World, doesn't even rank as a boss character- he appears as an Elite Mook during Malekith's daily mission.
  • Distaff Counterpart: The game features several of them like Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen and Jane Foster's Thor. With alternate costumes, Captain America 2099 and Lady Deadpool are playable as well.
  • Divided We Fall: Part of MODOK's big master plan involves pitting the heroes of the incursion timelines against each other, because it keeps their attention on each other and allows him to keep his time loop going.
  • Downer Beginning: The Avengers are MIA or dead, SHIELD is collapsed, the world is dying and time and space are collapsing; the game opens in a tutorial set in the future where there is no hope, but to send word back to the past in hopes of setting it right.
  • Downer Ending: Played with. It turns out this isn't the first time this has happened and heroes are trapped in the 20,000 loop or so, MODOK being the Big Bad after all. The addition of the Agents of Shield update has put in doubt the loop being unbreakable, though.
  • Drop the Hammer: Thor and Ronan.
  • Dual Boss: Several of the later levels have two or three boss characters instead of just one, though the level only ends when you defeat the primary one. Dimensional Shifts can also add an additional boss character at random, though success guarantees a Biometric from the Shifter.
  • Dual Wielding: Angela has two swords, Black Widow is dual wielding pistols and stun batons, Daredevil has his billy clubs, Drax is dual wielding knives, Elektra is dual wielding sai, Falcon has his forearm mounted guns from The Winter Soldier, Mockingbird is dual wielding batons, Nebula is dual wielding blades, Star-Lord is dual wielding pistols, Elsa Bloodstone is both dual wielding pistols and shotguns.
  • Enemy Civil War: Unsurprisingly, the various villain factions that only team up for convenience end up turning on each other. Doc Ock's new Sinister Six collapses on each other before it even gets six members, and Ultron ends up being just as big a threat to Hydra's plans as the player character.
  • Enemy Mine: Half the playable characters are villains.
  • Energy Absorption: Carol Danvers' passive ability allows her to absorb hits from Energy Attacks. Several ISO sets also give a chance to absorb them and heal.
  • Faceless Goons: Most of the enemies in the game: HYDRA soldiers, AIM agents, SHIELD agents, Nova Corpsmen...
  • Fantastic Racism: At least in the alternate timeline where the Agents of SHIELD come from, the Inhumans aren't exactly treated well. Lady Sif has some shades of this towards both Inhumans and Humans as well.
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: For an Ant-Man level, the heroes have to go inside Vision to reboot him.
  • Featureless Protagonist: The player is an actual character in the story, who is a SHIELD agent of some kind, and is acknowledged by the Avengers early on, but is quickly forgotten about and not addressed again for the rest of the game once Simmons is rescued.
  • Five-Man Band: The main characters throughout the story form one:
  • Flunky Boss: The bosses in this game simply love filling the screen up with mook enemies who will inevitably distract you and make you waste precious attacks. Thankfully, you can do that yourself with some playable villain characters such as Kingpin (who calls upon his henchmen from The Hand) or Loki (who creates illusions of himself).
  • For Science!: MODOK and AIM's motivations, as usual.
  • The Four Gods: Original Generation team the Warriors of the Sky are based on the Four Gods; with Blue Dragon, War Tiger, Shadow Shell, and Sun Bird.
  • Fragile Speedster: Spider-Man in his Infinity War uni, and Quicksilver, period. These two can be super annoying in PvP, since once they start swinging/running around the field, good luck managing to hit them even once. However, if you do manage that, a few good attacks will usually bring them down in no time. It should also be noted that Spider-Man and Quicksilver are not awfully strong by themselves, they usually rely on gradually chipping away at the enemy's HP. However, that doesn't work on certain characters with regeneration, such as Wolverine and Deadpool, since they can simply absorb all that damage and more. Needless to say, whenever Fragile Speedsters meet the regenerators in PvP, it often results in an "unstoppable force vs. immovable object" situation.
  • Freudian Trio: The primary three story characters form one. Black Widow is the id, Iron Man is the ego, and Captain America is the superego.
  • Friendly Fireproof: Summoned allies, Strikers and Dimensional Shift allies can't hurt each other with their own attacks; fortunate, since the player only has direct control of one of them, and most powers cover a good portion of the screen.
  • Fur Against Fang: Averted; Blade and Warwolf can be put on the same team together, and even get a "Vampire and Werewolf" bonus for doing so.
  • Future Me Scares Me: The current timeline Tony Stark is clearly terrified by the implications of a villainous version of himself existing, and has one of the more volatile reactions to his bad timeline self.
  • Green Rocks: Like usual, ISO-8 functions as this.
  • Ground Punch: A perennial favorite in many characters power lists; from Hulkbuster Iron Man to Ultron.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: The Dimensional Shift mechanic; when you start a level, there's a chance you'll be joined by the mission by another character at random. There's an equal chance that the boss at the end of the level will get their own as well. Completing the level guarantees at least one biometric for each Shifted character to progress in unlocking or upgrading that character.
  • Guns Akimbo: Star-Lord does this with his Quad Blasters, Elsa pulls it off with shotguns, Black Widow and Sharon Carter use pistols this way in some of their skills, Deathlok does it with Assault Rifles for one of his skills, and using the Noir costume has Punisher do this with pistols.
  • Halloween Episode: The 2015 Halloween Event; where players got to recruit Warwolf, Elsa Bloodstone and Lash to help them stop Green Goblin and Venom from terrorizing Harlem during the holiday. Alongside the release came new costumes for several Halloween-themed characters like Blade and Ghost Rider.
  • Hell on Earth: Some of the Bad Future timelines that dimensional rift/evil heroes are from.
  • Heel–Face Turn: There are nearly as many villains on the player's team as their are heroes.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: The plot of the Ant-Man update is that AIM has shrunk our heroes, though for one level Pym is able to reverse this and make it an Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever.
  • Immune to Mind Control: Jessica Jones and Quake both demonstrate a complete immunity to mind damage.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Black Cat, Sharon Carter, and a male example in Iron Fist.
  • Item Farming: Replaying missions to farm for Biometrics, Gear Boxes, Class Gear, XP Chips and Norn Stones is a requirement to strengthen your team enough to progress.
  • Kid Hero: Sister Grimm, Singularity, Miles Morales, Amadeus Cho and Kamala Khan are all teenagers.
  • Licensed Game: Of Marvel in general, naturally, and of the Marvel Cinematic Universe specifically. The game featured content from Age of Ultron heavily at launch, and followed up with updates themed on Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Agents of SHIELD.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Captain America in his Infinity War and Endgame uniforms. He doesn't need tricks like regeneration or time freeze: he's already extremely tough (a ton of i-frames) and extremely fast (dishing out heavy damage before you can blink).
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Several skills, but the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit's 6* skill is especially notable for its effectiveness.
  • Magikarp Power: Quite a few characters are unlocked at 1 star, and are relatively weak, squishy and lacking effective powers- but after a couple rank ups, some gear grinding and some mastery starring, they can become quite powerful.
    • The starting heroes (Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow) are a weird combination of this and Crutch Character. They're the first heroes you get, therefore they'll help you to advance most of the story and game content on the first stages, but once you get them to 3 and 4 rank stars along with other heroes, you'll find their damage lacking when compared to other more powerful characters. However, once you get them to 6* they become some of the most powerful heroes in game thanks to a combination of skills, their previously useless kit becoming helpful at last and their team-up options. Slap an uniform on them and you'll be satisfied from getting them to their max potential.
    • Loki is a mediocre at best character until he hits six stars and gains his clone summons, which, when combined with his Lady Loki costume, transforms him into one of the strongest characters in the whole game, and one of the most common top tier Timeline PVP assets. His status as a Magikarp is only further highlighted by how slow earning his bios is.
  • Make My Monster Grow: Lizard and Anti-Venom both have 5-star skills that buff their stats and allow them to grow 8 feet tall.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Quite a few of the higher tier Hydra, AIM and SHIELD enemies are powered armor or mech suits. All of the Ultron Drones qualify as well.
  • Micro Transactions: Being a mobile game, this is a given. Crystals are obtained rarely in-game, or through purchases, and are used for alternate costumes, as well as quickly unlocking and upgrading characters.
  • Mighty Glacier: Hulkbuster Iron Man, Hulk, Red Hulk and Groot all play this straight. Destroyer does in theory, but is too undertuned to actually fit the "Mighty" part.
    • Averted, especially evident when the native Tier-2 characters were first released. A couple of them now fit the Glass Cannon trope, while Groot with his Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 uniform is more of a Stone Wall.
    • Sharon Rogers is the current best example of this, especially with her uniform on. She does not move very fast but tanks tons of damage and hits like a meteorite.
  • Military Superhero: Captain Marvel, Captain America, War Machine, and Warwolf.
  • Mission Control: Jocasta and Jemma Simmons.
  • Money Sink: Fully upgrading powers and gear to their maximum levels quickly adds up, making every hero in the game a money sink in order to compete in the later game stages.
  • Mythology Gag: When Iron Man complains about Hank Pym not being around to deal with his robot, Black Widow claims that if Hank hadn't built Ultron, in some alternate universe, Tony would have done it himself.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Ronan gains the ability to take control of minds in the Guardians of the Galaxy expansion with no explanation.
  • Non-Player Character: Only a handful- most of the characters that appear in-game are playable, but so far: Jocasta, Jemma Simmons, Nick Fury, Nova Prime Irani Rael, Agent Melinda May, and Leo Fitz.
  • Ninja: The Hand, Daredevil, and Elektra.
  • Ominous Message from the Future: Nick Fury sends one from the future, though it is partially obscured by static. It encourages the player to find as many heroes as they can and stop his timeline from happening.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted thanks to using Legacy Characters, as there are two Iron Men (regular and the Hulkbuster on autopilot), two Spider-Men (Peter Parker and Miles Morales), two Hulks (Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho), two Thors (Odinson and Jane Foster), two Captains America (Steve Rogers and Sharon Rogers), and two Hawkeyes (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop). Played straight with alternate costumes that provide a third Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus as "Superior" Spider-Man), two more Captains America (Falcon and Winter Soldier), and a second Ms. Marvel (Captain Marvel in her former "Ms." costume); as these characters continue to be referred to by their original names even in the alt. costumes.
    • Also averted by having both the Destroyer and Drax the Destroyer; lampshaded by the fact that you get a team bonus for putting them together called "Destroyer? Destroyer!"
  • Original Generation:
    • As part of the Captain America 75th Anniversary event, all of Marvel's mobile titles each introduced a new alternate-universe version of Cap. In Future Fight it's Sharon Rogers, the daughter of Cap and Peggy Carter who was born in South Korea in a timeline where Steve was never frozen during the war. She wields a lance and shield and carries on her father's colors as a superhero in her own right.
    • A second one was added as the game's 150th hero; a K-Pop Idol Singer with ice powers named Luna Snow.
    • They went again with Crescent, a martial artist Kid Hero. She wears a Mask of Power that can summon a spirit bear named Io.
    • With the next they created not just an original character, but an original team of The Four Gods-themed heroes called the Warriors of the Sky. Unlike Luna Snow and Crescent, they aren't Korean, but a Multinational Team hailing from Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, and Malaysia. It's also a Gender-Equal Ensemble, resulting in the first two male characters to be made for Future Fight.
  • Painting the Medium: The Black Order characters (Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive and Black Dwarf) were initially announced in a blog post where one of Netmarble's Community Managers went missing investigating them, leading to a long session of in-universe roleplaying on several Future Fight communities leading to CM Night Nurse's rescue.
  • Palette Swap: Largely averted; even the costumes that are just recolored versions of the default like the Renew Your Vows Spider-Man costume have changes to skill properties and a 10% increase to all base stats.
  • Pinball Projectile: Captain America's shield and Daredevil's clubs, among others.
  • Please Wake Up: Thor, upon finding the fallen Captain America in opening tutorial of the game. Black Panther has to snap him back into the present.
  • Power Creep: A lot of the characters that were once considered top tier have since fallen behind more effective characters. Once, uniformed Vision, Spider-Man and War Machine were considered top tier characters; now both characters are rarely seen as more recent additions like Yellowjacket and Silk can do everything they do, but significantly better.
  • Primal Stance: Spider-Man and Venom both make liberal use of it.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Daisy Johnson's Quake comics uniform nullifies damage from mind-based attacks. It'd be more useful if there was anyone but MODOK primarily built around dealing mental damage.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Loki's plots in the Dimension Rifts indicate that he's trying to put together a team of alternate universe evil versions of several major superheroes to help him fight the player's team and eventually conquer Asgard.
  • Rare Random Drop: Every single item you actually need; Biometrics for unlocking heroes, special types of gear for upgrading, etc.
  • Rank Inflation: Each level has three stars to award for completion; one for each member of your team that is still alive when you finish it. Collecting more stars allows you to let the AI auto-play the levels for grinding, improves the quality of the AI during said auto-play, and increases the experience earned.
  • Redemption Demotion: Most of the characters your recruit are just as powerful in your hands as they were when you faced them as bosses first, but there is one notable example in The Destroyer, which has significantly increased resistances to Energy Damage when fought as a boss battle compared to the playable incarnation.
  • Sex Shifter: Loki has received a female "Lady Loki" alternate costume based on his use of this trope in the comics.
  • Socketed Equipment: Every character comes with sockets for ISO-8.
  • Squishy Wizard: Nico's magic spells hit like a truck, but she can't take much damage herself.
  • Status Buff: Every character has two passive buffs; a buff that affects the entire team when they're set as the leader, and one that unlocks when the character is ranked up to four stars. A number of characters, like Black Cat and Captain Marvel, have additional buffs as active skills.
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: Between the classes. Blast characters trump Combat characters, who trump Speed characters, who trump Blast characters in turn. Universals deal their bonus damage to all three, and are weak to none.
  • A Taste of Power: The tutorial prologue lets you play as a team comprised of highly ranked versions of a team of characters that aren't grindable until the endgame (Thor, Black Panther, Black Bolt), before giving you your one star, level 1 Black Widow, Iron Man, and Captain America team.
  • Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Naturally, for a game featuring Captain America. Falcon gets in on it as well, in his own Captain America uniform.
  • Visible Silence: Black Bolt's dialogue is presented this way in the prologue and chapter 8 of the story.
  • Walking Armory: The Punisher, Winter Soldier, Rocket Raccoon and Elsa Bloodstone, all making liberal use of hyperspace through their movesets.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The Hulk, Red Hulk, Amadeus Cho, Lash and Drax.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 8. Everything you've done was for nothing and playing entirely into MODOK's hands, who is reshaping all of time and space in his personal image, while you and the rest of the heroes are running around, killing worlds and each other in a helpless time loop and there's nothing you can do about it. The message from Nick Fury that kickstarted your adventure was never real, and came from him, as did your robot companion, Jocasta, who is forced to send you back to the start and begin the loop all over again. Chapters 9 and 10 are just Breather Episode filler in the wake of it.
  • When Dimensions Collide: The incursions between various timelines and alternate universes make up the backbone of the plot.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: In the "New Avengers" storyline, the Avengers are in communication with "The Leader of the New Avengers". Since this team uses (some of) the line-up to New Avengers (2015), "The Leader" is obviously Roberto DaCosta/Sunspot. But since Roberto is an X-Men character, he actively can't be used, so he's shown in silhouette and referred to as "The Leader". With the X-Men finally announced to show up in the game, this might get averted.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: All of the various villain factions are effectively playing this to take advantage of the incursions and collapse of space-time. MODOK wins.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Captain America is especially disappointed in the bad timeline Spider-Man; one of the most moral, upstanding members of the community in their timeline, twisted into a selfish, brutal street thug only interested in making money.


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