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  • Adaptation Displacement: The characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are based off of those designs while the X-Men seem to be based on the 90's cartoon show, and thus the Jim Lee designs. (Except Wolverine and Storm, who have their Astonishing looks). Beyond that, the game takes a Pragmatic Adaptation approach, mixing and matching various portrayals into a new whole—including one level featuring the both the comic and movie versions of the Mandarin (the Asian one and Aldrich Killian).
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  • Author's Saving Throw: Flying mechanics have been made considerably easier in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, since their execution in LEGO Batman 2. The altitude and direction was originally based on aiming a cursor in that game, while in subsequent games, it is based on which buttons you push. It also had the annoying tendency of automatically pushing the character away from a surface if trying to descend onto it or fly into it at awkward positions. You are allowed to fly as close as you want to any surface in LEGO Marvel and onward, preventing the Camera Screw and remaneuvering that occurred afterward. Though it can still be pretty hard to control at times, particularly during certain missions. And may the developers have mercy if you switch from LEGO Batman 2 to LEGO Marvel. You will be flying like a drunkard for a while after you adjust to either game's gameplay differences.
  • Awesome Music:
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    • The music for jumping off the Helicarrier, and just about any of the boss fights.
    • The end credits use the theme of the Merry Marvel Marching Society (Marvel's old fan club, running from 1969 to 1971. Also used as the credits song for the very old Marvel animated shorts).
  • Best Boss Ever: The final battle against Galactus quite possibly dwarfs them all (no pun intended), which is especially notable since this game has many other boss fights that could be included here.
  • Cargo Ship: Iron Man and the Tesseract.
    "You are a naughty, naughty spacebending cube. But I bet we could have some fun."
  • Game-Breaker: A lot of the jumping puzzles can be circumvented by switching to a flying character with no penalty for completing them non-conventionally. Iron Man is especially useful since he's often your hub character even while the main story is still going on, and appears in numerous story mode levels where this can be exploited.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • During Stan Lee's first cameo in The Simpsons, there was his comedic line: "He can't be the Hulk! I'M the Hulk!" and then failing to transform into the green giant. Fast forward to 2013, and Stan Lee in Lego Marvel can transform into the (Stan) Hulk.
    • A side mission involves Howard the Duck holding up the Marvel staff because they won't make a new film with him. He would later go on to cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy.
      • Additionally, The Vulture also assisted him for the exact same reason. He would later be the Big Bad of another movie.
    • The ending artwork side mission "House Party Protocol" shows Hulk dancing with Black Widow. Two years later, the pair are an official couple in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • Magneto manipulated the Statue of Liberty into a Humongous Mecha. Lego would later on acquire the licence to Doctor Who, where the Statue of Liberty could already move around by itself...
    • The climax features the heroes teaming up with the villains to defeat the new threat. A few years later, The LEGO Batman Movie would do the same thing.
    • Mr. Fantastic performs a reference to The Incredibles. Cue that movie getting its own LEGO video game.
  • Ho Yay: Iron Man referring to his mission with Thor as a "date".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Loki crosses it in the penultimate mission by revealing that he plans to mind-control Galactus into eating both the Earth and Asgard. This disgusts the other villains (on grounds of pragmatism to a degree, admittedly) into joining the heroes to help fight against him.
  • Narm: The final battle with Galactus on the Helicarrier is epic, but slightly ruined since Galactus never shuts up and repeats the same 4 or so lines on a loop. Hearing "Foolish creatures, to come between Galactus and his meal!" every ten seconds sort of lessens the effect.
  • Narm Charm: "You can't escape the long reach of justice, Ock!" Sounds incredibly cheesy on paper, but Dee Bradley Baker's delivery somehow makes it work.
  • Nausea Fuel: The symbiotes, given how they infect others and react to loud noises by tearing themselves off the skin of their host.
  • Pandering to the Base:
    • There was a fan campaign to have Venom be a Big Fig or be able to turn into one (to more accurately represent the fact Venom is huge). They actually succeeded and Venom can turn into a Big Fig.
    • Gambit was one of the characters put in because fans really wanted him in the game.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Lego Marvel Superheroes is one to Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes in terms of open world super heroing with improved flight mechanics, a more interesting overworld with different sidequests and remembering there was more than 3 superheroes to play as.
  • That One Sidequest: Racing missions can be a real pain, especially if you're flying or racing another character. Special mention goes to the RC rooftop race. It's very difficult to make the jumps without the car going out of control, and you've got a tight time limit.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Do not expect the game to show you any mercy. The game will endlessly send mooks after you while you're trying to focus on a task, and will haphazardly throw you off ledges for seemingly no other reason than a "Screw You" on the part of the game.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: A self-contained example, several fans were let down after finding out that Green Goblin could not transform into Ultimate Green Goblin, despite early demo videos showing that he could.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Jeffrey Combs is brought into the game to reprise his role as The Leader... And he only shows up in one mission, as a throwaway mini boss.
    • Black Panther has a red, white, and blue cat named Mr. Tiddles. While it is a silly name, they missed out on naming him Captain Americat!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: A mission involves following Magneto to an mysterious new island that doesn't show up on any of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s charts. Was anyone else expecting it to be Krakoa the living island?
  • Uncanny Valley: The Statue of Liberty under Magneto's control. There's something so eerie about the motions of the statue, and watching her casually remove her own head with zero change in her expression.
    • Giving a custom character Mister Fantastic's abilities in LEGO Marvel results in a horrifying creature, due to the stretching arms and neck not being modeled for every skin. This gives them disconnected limbs and bizarre contortions that don't look right at all.
  • Unexpected Character: The character roster in includes characters like H.E.R.B.I.E., Howard the Duck, and Aunt May! Even Howard's introductory caption seems confused to see him there.

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