Marvel's Avengers is an Action-Adventure game based off the Marvel Comics property of the same name made by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. It is an original story set in a distilled world, much in the way of Spider-Man (PS4). It is set to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC on September 4, 2020, with a later release for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
A day of triumph for the Avengers instead becomes a tragedy when their new San Francisco headquarters is ground zero for a catastrophic disaster that results in mass casualties, including one of their own. Blamed for the events of "A-Day", the Avengers are outlawed and forced to disband.
In their place, a new organization known as Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) emerges, and in the five years since have replaced now-outlawed superheroes with their new A.I. robots. A young girl named Kamala Khan sets out to prove the Avengers' innocence, help reassemble the team, and stop whatever threats head their way.
Numerous superheroes are slated to appear and be playable in the game, with more added post-launch free of charge. Each hero is made to feel unique, and will fill a particular niche.
Playable Heroes note
- Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
- Captain America (Steve Rogers)
- Hawkeye (Clint Barton) DLC
- Hulk (Bruce Banner)
- Iron Man (Tony Stark)
- Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) PS
- Thor (Thor Odinson)
Other Heroes note
Not to be confused with LEGO Marvel's Avengers.
Earth's Mightiest Tropes:
- The Alcoholic: According to J.A.R.V.I.S, Thor requested that the Chimera be equipped with a vending machine that dispenses mead.
- Big Bad: George Tarleton, AKA M.O.D.O.K., as the the leader of A.I.M. and apparent real mastermind of the events of A-Day.
- Big "SHUT UP!": During the fight against The Abomination, Hulk pummels him with what the game describes as "an energy sphere," all while screaming "SHUT UP!" with every hit.
- Creator Provincialism: The "A-Day" that kicks off the game's events is set in San Francisco, where Crystal Dynamics are based. This is opposed to New York City, the usual setting for Marvel works.
- Curse Cut Short: In the battle on the Golden Gate Bridge, Hulk kicks a mercenary while holding a tank, whose last last words were, unsurprisingly, "Oh shi—"
- Distant Prologue: The "A-Day" prologue is set five years before the rest of the game itself.
- Downer Beginning: In the "A-Day" prologue, the Avengers end up screwing up big time. The Helicarrier is destroyed from its reactor overloading, Captain America is believed to be killed in action, a lot of innocent people die, and at least one person develops unwanted superpowers. The team is disbanded for five years as a result. It is also revealed that A.I.M took over/replaced S.H.I.E.L.D in the interim, forcing Nick Fury and his loyalists into hiding.
- Downloadable Content: Provided after release at no extra charge, including additional playable characters, storylines, and environments. So far, Hawkeye and Spider-Man have been confirmed, with the latter exclusively releasing on the Sony versions of the game.
- Dynamic Entry: On more than one occasion, a gameplay section begins with Thor flying into the scene from high above, before dropping to the ground and smashing Mjölnir beneath him, flattening everything in the immediate vicinity that isn't nailed down.
- Fangirl: Kamala Khan towards the titular team. Some of her monologues emphasize that she was absolutely not disappointed upon meeting them.Kamala Khan: You know that old saying, "Never meet your heroes"? Well, I did. And it...was...awesome!
- Limit Break: Every character has three "Heroic" abilities that they can use to even the odds against their foes. They fall under three categories: Assault, Support, and Ultimate:
- Iron Man has his Unibeam, Arc Overload, and the Hulkbuster armor.
- Black Widow has her Widow's Bite, Veil of Shadows, and Power Surge.
- Hulk has Stranglehold, Boneshaker, and Thunderclap.
- Ms. Marvel has High Five, Healing Spirit, and Embiggen.
- Captain America can mark enemy targets, throw his shield and take out up to five enemies, and can slam his shield into the ground for massive area-of-effect damage.
- Thor can summon the Bifröst to inflict AOE damage, lift enemies into the air with miniature cyclones before striking them down with a bolt of lightning, and imbue himself (and his teammates, if in range) with Asgardian power, providing a period of invulnerability.
- Mini-Mecha: Iron Man's Ultimate Heroic ability summons the Hulkbuster armor. He can either board it right away, or deploy it remotely to allow an ally to pilot it.
- A Minor Kidroduction: At the Avengers celebration in San Francisco, we meet an eleven-year-old girl from Jersey City named Kamala Khan. She resurfaces, now sixteen, and gets involved in the story proper trying to clear her heroes' names.
- Mythology Gag: The game features many references to Marvel Comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe history:
- A white gun turret on the Helicarrier has the serial number, ST-135, referencing Strange Tales #135, which featured SHIELD's first appearance.
- The quote on Captain America's memorial plaque is taken from Amazing Spider-Man #537 (itself a paraphrase of Mark Twain).
- Black Widow leaps onto a flying Taskmaster, not unlike a Chitauri glider.
- Iron Man's entrance onstage mirrors his Stark Expo introduction in Iron Man 2.
- While in space, Stark wears a suit resembling the Mark XXXIX from Iron Man 3.
- Hank Pym's red jacket attire harkens back to his Avengers A.I. clothes.
- Bruce's purple shirt and brown pants are based on Mark Ruffalo's Banner.
- The robot that Natasha fights heavily resembles a Super-Adaptoid from the comics.
- During the Hulk's segment on the Golden Gate Bridge, there are two different trucks for Pym Technologies (with a logo nearly identical to the movies) and Timely Transport (referencing Marvel's original name, Timely Comics).
- Kamala Khan wears a black T-shirt with a gold lightning bolt symbol, which she also wore on the cover◊ of Ms. Marvel #1. It's one of many piece of Carol Danvers memorabilia she's shown to have, like a Captain Marvel T-shirt she wears on A-Day and a Star of Hala pin on her bag.
- Kamala drinks a soft beverage from "Circle Q", the Local Hangout in the Ms. Marvel comics. The drink is also larger than her own head; in the comics, Kamala's body mass manipulation powers burn up a lot of calories.
- One mission has Thor fighting off Tarleton's forces in casual clothing, with a name tag sticker that reads "D. Blake". This is an obvious nod to Thor's civilian persona, Donald Blake.
- At some point, Kamala finds an old picture of the Avengers hanging out together in front of "Rosenthal's Glass Menagerie", which in the comics belonged to a woman named Bernadette who dated Captain America for a while.
- Hawkeye is shown wearing what appears to be a hearing aid. In the comics (primarily the run by Matt Fraction), Clint is mostly deaf following a fight with a supervillain and uses hearing aids made by Tony Stark.
- Offhand Backhand: In an early cutscene, Iron Man casually shoots down an enemy aircraft using a repulsor blast, all without even looking in its direction.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
- Thor starts off some of his gameplay segments with these, such as "You should know... I'm not in the best of moods!" or haughtily proclaiming "You are not worthy!" just before and just after smashing Mjölnir into the ground respectively.
- Iron Man's Golden Gate Bridge battle sequence sees him ask of the soldiers he's fighting "Okay... which one of you B-Movie extras shot at me?" before laying waste to them.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: An early battle against Taskmaster sees Black Widow mention his photographic reflexes more than once. At the end of the fight, she drops this line before delivering the crushing blow:Black Widow: Next time? Take better notes. [blasts him into a wall with a single punch]
- Purple Is Powerful: Some of the more powerful enemies carry a staff with a glowing purple crystal attached to one end, denoting their status as tougher opponents.
- Shout-Out: Whilst using the Hulkbuster, Iron Man has several one-liners referencing Ghostbusters - albeit with "Ghost" being swapped out for "Hulk."
- Version-Exclusive Content: Spider-Man has been confirmed to be a playable character exclusively in the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Black Widow has access to an attack that's essentially a high-impact head-scissors takedown remeniscent of lucha libre.