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  • Adorkable: Kamala's excitement at meeting and fighting alongside her heroes over the course of the campaign has made her endearing to many players.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • The post-game content more-or-less portrays the Avengers as a renegade military unit, performing strike missions against enemies, with some choice dialogue indicating they kill some targets. Somewhat understandable with characters like Black Widow, Captain America, and Iron Man, and maybe even Thor, who do all have no qualms about killing enemies they deem deserving of it. Bruce, however, is usually far more uncomfortable with the Hulk being used this way, Hawkeye has a strict Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, and both Kamala and Kate are young idealists who are vocally uncomfortable with the idea of heroes killing, yet none ever voice discomfort with orders to kill. Not to mention, none of the Avengers ever note how questionable it is to be taking Kamala, a teenager, onto what's basically black ops military missions.
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    • The post-game explains the reoccurring Villain Sector missions under the handwave that AIM has cloned Taskmaster and Abomination. None of the clones ever express Cloning Blues nor do the heroes ever question the morality of dehumanising said clones as they systematically kill them.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • A couple of more comic-accurate skins are available for Captain America to replace his disliked default look.
    • Speaking of Captain America, he was given the ability to burst through doors with a heavy attack to get to otherwise unavailable loot, something he could not do at launch.
    • Minor one, but the ability to run around in the outposts instead of walking is something met with relief.
    • The ability to ping points of interest for teammates, in addition to general convenience, it allows the A.I. to join or help you with certain tasks. In the case of Black Widow/Iron Man, it allows you to get them to open previously locked doors that could not be broken.
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    • Hawkeye being one of the first characters added as DLC is this, both because of how his exclusion lead to complaints and the fact they even directly reference the memes about it beforehand. What's more, he becomes a major point of focus for the post-game storyline, with the first mission with him as a playable character even being something of a love-letter to his character, specifically the Fraction run.
    • Following complaints regarding inaccuracies in Hawkeye and Black Widow’s Avengers: Endgame costumesnote  a greater effort was made to ensure the MCU costumes were accurate to the films and didn’t look off-model; with Mjolnir and Cap’s Shield being updated to their MCU designs, Hawkeye’s skins being modified to reflect the change in dominant hand between adaptations, and a greater attempt at recreating any unique hairstyles - such as Captain America’s bearded look from Avengers: Infinity War.
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    • The November 2021 update, in addition to adding Spider-Man as a playable character for PlayStation players and the Discordant Sound raid, directly addressed several issues players had with the game.
      • The power level was increased from 150 to 175, and levelling up gear (As described below under Scrappy Mechanic) was completely overhauled - now, once you have an epic (or higher) gear piece of power level 100 or higher that you want to keep, you just need a higher level piece of gear in the same slot and enough resources (Now streamlined to a single resource) and then you can “feed” the higher level item to the item you want to keep, raising the power level to that of the item destroyed. The update also changed things so that you can complete certain weekly endgame activities once per character instead of once per account.
      • Exotic gear was overhauled, with each gear set now having a defined set of perks, allowing players to have specific gear.
      • The in-game cosmetic vendor was restored, with several new cosmetic options. In addition, earning Fabrication patterns was made easiernote  and players are now able to purchase Shipment crates, with multiplayer play awarding one crate free each day, and each a guaranteed unique costume upon purchasing 100 shipments within a month.
    • After complaints over the difficulty of getting enough credits to buy enough shipments to unlock the Specialty skins each month, February 2022 saw the game include a Double Credit weekend and the cost of shipments being halved for the second half of the month, with the promise of providing the currency as a more common reward following the next update to the game.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Kamala Khan is either an adorable Audience Surrogate with cool powers or a Spotlight-Stealing Squad hogging up screentime meant for the more well known Avengers that people were familiar with.
  • Broken Base: Fans are split on the use of Inhumans over mutants in the story mode. On one hand it gives them some more exposure and allows Kamala's origins to remain intact from the comic, plus acts as a good shake up to the mythos since the Terrigen Mist was man made rather then essentially be cosmic gas. On the other, it drums up bad memories of the "Inhumania" that was happening at Marvel around the late 2010s due to Disney and Fox butting heads over the rights to the mutant characters at the time, keeping them from appearing in other media and Marvel desperately trying to push the Inhumans as a replacement. With many speculating the game was written during that period of development, and often comes off like a cheap imitation of mutants. Not helped that the final boss is essentially a Sentinel. Others find middle ground in being happy Kamala's in there at least and don't have to put up with the royal family who don't make an appearance, which makes it at least a bit tolerable, or just pretend this is a mutant plot in general.
  • Complete Monster: Monica Rappaccini is the sociopathic scientist and the right-hand woman of George "MODOK" Tarleton. Wanting to acquire a Terrigen crystal for her own purposes, Rappaccini manipulates Tarleton to bring the crystal near the A-Day celebration, hiring Taskmaster to launch an attack to steal it and resulting in the deaths of thousands. After the attack, Rappaccini kidnaps hundreds of Inhumans to experiment on them, exposing them to Dark Terrigen in order to produce Adaptoids, apathetic to the torment they suffer. In the wake of MODOK's defeat, Rappaccini usurps control of A.I.M. as the Scientist Supreme, attempting to exploit the Cosmic Cube to ward off the Kree and lord over Earth for herself.
  • Demonic Spiders: Cryo and Graviton wielding enemies will lock you into place, making you engage in a button-press routine to break out while your health drains, leaving you vulnerable to follow-up attacks and even to minor mooks, depending on how weak you are when you escape. Some of these cross the line with Goddamn Bats, when mooks show up firing long range weapons with sniper-like accuracy, but are easy enough to demolish if you close in fast enough.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: Most reviews of the game tend to praise the campaign, touting it as the highlight and liking that it feels like you're playing a Marvel movie. The gameplay, on the other hand, has received a far less positive reception.
  • Epileptic Trees:
    • Speculation on whether or not this game forms a Shared Universe with Spider-Man (PS4) rose when Taskmaster appears in the game's prologue. In Spider-Man, the webslinger mentions that the Avengers operate on the West Coast; the game is set in San Francisco. Given that Taskmaster tells Spider-Man that he's already fought the Avengers at that time, and Spider-Man is set eight years after Peter Parker first became a superhero, some believe that the title may be a Stealth Prequel, although Crystal Dynamics have tried to dispel such speculation. Given that Spider-Man is currently under contract to be a PS4 exclusive, and this game's going multi-platform, they might be limited in what exactly they can include, as Sony might take exception to if they include elements of Spider-Man in the game while they currently have the contract with Marvel to develop Spider-Man games. Though since there is apparently PS4-exclusive DLC, they might be forced to keep it exclusive to PlayStation for now. It was eventually confirmed that Spider-Man would be coming to the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game, but the developers eventually clarified that there's not a Shared Universe between Insomniac's Spider-Man games and their Avengers title.
    • It was widely speculated that the female narrator in the trailers was Kamala Khan. Bruce Banner mentioning Terrigen itself strongly implied that she could be involved. At SDCC 2019, it was confirmed that this was the case.
    • Two announced LEGO sets are speculated to be based on the game due to their similarities despite not being confirmed as such. They're believed to have potentially leaked the appearances of Hawkeye and Black Panther. Both Hawkeye and Black Panther were later confirmed.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Naturally has one with Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. While still an extension of the long-lasting Marvel vs. DC rivalry, there's also a number of Marvel fans who are very disgruntled with Marvel's Avengers due to its "live service" approach compared unfavorably to Destiny and Anthem, uninspired aesthetics that make it look MCU-lite rather than its own thing, boring gameplay, and controversial business practices such as keeping Spider-Man exclusive to Playstation as well as including an excessive amount of tie-ins with businesses like Verizon and Intel. And while neither Gotham Knights or Suicide Squad have shown much gameplay, the developers behind them do have a good track record when it comes to comic book video games, so it's not unreasonable for people to trust them to put out a good game.
    • Surprisingly has one with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, with the main point of contention being this game's overt MCU influence while Ultimate Alliance pulls primarily from comics and other adaptations. There's also other disagreements about Alliance being exclusive to Switch as well as the "games as a service" model.
    • There's also one with Insomniac Games' Spider-Man and its Miles Morales spin-off. While Insomniac's Spider-Man has its share of promotional tie-ins like free costumes to advertise Spider-Man movies, many praise the game for its own unique style, satisfying gameplay and narrative-focus that made it seem like an earnest attempt at entertainment. In contrast, many criticize Avengers for rehashing the MCU aesthetic, having a tedious gameplay loop and being a live-service title presented as a naked cash grab. Not helping matters that Avengers is releasing in the same year as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and will have its own version of Spider-Man exclusive to the Playstation platform, turning the two sub-franchises into competitors.
    • Additionally, fans of the Deus Ex series have enmity towards this game as the developers of the modern games, Eidos Montreal, have been tasked with working on Avengers instead of continuing the series, leaving its future uncertain after the lackluster sales of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (though several key figures including Adam Jensen's voice actor, Elias Toufexis, have said they're eager to make it). Pre-release reactions to the story lead to a general reaction from Deus Ex fans of "We lost Deus Ex 3 for this?" Many Deus Ex fans took great catharsis out of the news that Avengers is pulling in fewer players on Steam than Mankind Divided.
    • Related to the above point about Eidos Montreal, there is also another rivalry between Avengers and the franchises of Crystal Dynamics, mainly Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain, as Crystal Dynamics is the lead developer for Avengers, with many Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain fans begrudging the game's quality and viewing it as a waste of Crystal Dynamics' resources, when instead they could make new games in the aforementioned franchises.
    • With Cyberpunk 2077. Whilst Avengers was considered to have suffered a lacklustre launch, Cyberpunk would go on to suffer such a disastrous launch that both Sony & Microsoft would proceed to offer refunds to anyone who bought the game on their console marketplaces, with Sony going so far as to delist the game until it was fixed. Subsequently, Cyberpunk fans protested that it was no worse than Avengers so the treatment wasn’t fair, whilst Avengers fans argued that their game was in a better state as it could actually run on the hardware it was sold for.
  • Fan Nickname: Ms. Marvel: The Game (Co-Starring The Avengers), since Ms. Marvel gets the lion's share of the story and essentially is the main character, with the other Avengers mostly there for her to bring back together to stop the villains.
  • Gateway Series: Rather Gateway Character, but for some, this is Kamala/Ms Marvel's introduction to many gamers. Yes, she was in Ultimate Alliance 3, but that was an ensemble game where she was part of larger groups and not given much spotlight (in addition to the game being limited as a Switch exclusive). This is the first game that actually gives her a starring role and more insight into her character.
  • Goddamned Bats: Turrets are wiped out in one or two hits, but until then they serve as a serious distraction, repeatedly targeting you with laser beams or barrages. It's tempting to ignore enemy troops and try to knock out the turrets right away, but then you can be swarmed and taken out just as easily.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Between Tony and Steve:
    Steve (after being rescued from the A.I.M. satellite): Tony? Are you hugging me?
    Tony: What? No, just.... didn't want you to fall.
    Steve: Then why aren't you letting go?
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: A lot of the mixed reactions to the E3 2019 trailer stemmed from the base roster just being 5 of the 6 Avengers that formed the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation's original team, as well as the overall feel that the game was trying to ape the MCU (something that a lot of fans have gotten tired of), despite their promise that it was an original story and setting akin to Spider-Man (PS4).
    • Hawkeye as a character has been hit with this criticism. While Crystal Dynamics have gone out of their way to try and differentiate him from Kate Bishop, there's really no getting around the fact that they're both archers who wield katanas as a melee weapon. This isn't helped by the content delay that the post-launch content was hit with. Kate Bishop was originally supposed to be added into the game only a few weeks after launch, and Hawkeye was supposed to come not long after. The fact that the only two new heroes added to the game after six months feel very samey has put the fanbase off quite a bit, especially since the next hero scheduled to be added to the game, Black Panther, isn't going to come out until Summer 2021 at the earliest.
  • It Was His Sled: Captain America survived the A-Day disaster and spent the Time Skip in A.I.M. captivity.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • There are more than a few fans who are only interested in the game for Kamala Khan, who's a fan favourite for comic fans.
    • Some players have praised the game for finally attempting to make MODOK threatening again, after many years of being portrayed as a Harmless Villain.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The general reaction to the trailers indicating that Captain America apparently died in the very first mission, during the catastrophe in San Francisco. Putting aside the fact he’s up front and center on the cover, most people assumed that he'd turn up alive and well during the course of the game, which itself was confirmed by later gameplay leaks showing him fighting against A.I.M. mooks (who don't show up until after the Time Skip), along with the merchandise confirming his survival. For most people, the suspense was over how and when he'd be revealed to be alive.
  • Memetic Loser: Hawkeye fell into this status once again due to being a no-show in the early trailers, with many lamenting (jokingly or not) that Hawkeye always gets the short end of the stick. Demand for Hawkeye led to him being the first playable character announced outside of the main five and Kamala.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Given that the game doesn't feature the likenesses of the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions of the characters in spite of giving them similar costumes, a number of fans have made a lot of "You’ve captured their stunt doubles!" and "Wait a minute... you guys aren’t the real Avengers!" jokes.
    • Some people noted that, while none of the Avengers resemble their MCU film counterparts, Black Widow has an uncanny resemblance to Cobie Smulders, the actress who portrays Maria Hill in the MCU. Given that Hill is a relatively secondary character in the films, this led to jokes that Hill donned a red wig to become an Ascended Extra.
    • "Where’s Hawkeye?" Explanation 
    • "Bring Back Spider-Man!" Explanation 
      • May become Harsher in Hindsight for Xbox and PC players when Spider-Man was announced as a playable character, but exclusively to the PlayStation versions of the game.
    • "Cap's not wearing hockey pads".Explanation 
    • Agreeable grunt. Explanation 
    • Cap's face. Explanation 
    • Seriously? You're the best. Explanation 
    • The real title is “Kamala Khan and The Avengers” or "Kamala Khan and friends" Explanation 
    • HULK CRASH! Explanation 
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Monica Rappacini had originally crossed it by hiring Taskmaster to steal the Terrigen crystal, which resulted in A-Day and everything in the following five years, all to further her own scientific research.
    • MODOK crosses this the second he realizes he has superpowers of his own, intentionally destroying his public reputation via attacking San Francisco with a dark lethal mist and promising that he will blanket the world with it in order to commit a self-including genocide against the Inhumans.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • This isn't Nolan North's first time playing Iron Man, having previously provided his voice for the attraction called The Marvel Experience and a mobile game called Avengers Initiative.
    • The Kree Sentry is often commented to look more like a Sentinel, but they seemed to already have a similar resemblance in the comics (just with some more noticeable differences).
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • For a looter game, the actual looting is arguably the weakest mechanic in the game. The majority earned loot doesn't actually change the appearances of the heroes as many cosmetics are locked behind a paywall. As such, many found the loot to feel underwhelming rather than empowering.
    • Upgrading Gear, prior to the November 2021 update which overhauled the process. If you wanted to get a character to Max Power Level (150) you need to first get Epic rarity or above gear and then invest a truly massive amount of resources in it in order to upgrade it to 140. Then, you also need a Major Artifact, and then you have to upgrade that nine times as well in order to raise your Power Level (each Major Artifact level grants your character +1 overall Power). This caused you to be effectively "locked in" to a single build, as upgrading even a single full set on one character requires an enormous investment of resources, some of which are only easily attainable from daily and/or weekly activities - and there was no way to get around this process.
    • Spider-Man feels unnaturally heavy and slow (to the point that simply vaulting over objects slows him down) which makes playing as him not fun. Even his web swinging is far slower than it should be, with many unfavorably comparing it and Spider-Man’s movement as a whole to Spider-Man (PS4), Disney Infinity, and even LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.
  • Shipping: Discussed; While riding down an elevator in the side missions, Steve and Natasha can have this conversation:
    Steve: So apparently these "shippers" have websites...
    Natasha: Do not look at them.
    Steve: Why? What's on them?
    Natasha: Steve. Trust me on this.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general consensus among both critics and general playerbase is that the game is enjoyable enough with likable characters and competent gameplay mechanics, but is hamstrung by its live service model, boring missions, and serious lack of technical polish.
  • Special Effect Failure: Several of the collectible comic books in the game have the Marvel.com watermark on them, indicating that the developers probably just threw the first images they could find into the game.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • The first official trailer for the game was met with criticism due to questionable character designs, a limited amount of gameplay revealed, and the confirmation that the game will be a live service. Some noted that the trailer made them more excited for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order instead. The showcase at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, conversely, was more well-received, mostly for showing some solid gameplay that wasn't completely QTE-heavy and also for showing markedly-improved character models.
    • The announcement of Spider-Man's exclusivity to the PlayStation versions of the game has left a sour taste in many Xbox and PC players, with some even canceling their preorders. Not helping was that despite Spider-Man's exclusivity to those platforms, the incarnation of Spider-Man in this game would not be the variant from Insomniac's games, which would've otherwise cooled a lot of the backlash since Insomniac's games are already exclusive to PlayStation. And then there are people miffed about how this means that Spider-Man would likely be excluded from anything related to the main campaign, as they'd have to drastically alter the PlayStation versions even further. People even pointed out that several Spider-Man characters, including the web-slinger himself, appeared the previous year in the Nintendo Switch exclusive Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, despite that game being released after Insomniac's PS4 title. This would show that only the Insomniac standalone games are exclusive to PlayStation platforms and Spidey is able to appear in other games on other systems and Sony must've paid Square Enix for the exclusivity, of which Square accepted, despite many fans of PlayStation assuming that Spidey is 100% exclusive to the consoles due to the standalone games.
    • The "Live Service" nature of the game combined with the heavy-handed monetization has put many a player off. In addition to the full-priced game, there is a microtransaction system similar to those found in freemium games. Instead of a single battle pass for each season vis-a-vis Fortnite, there are multiple per-character battle passes that each have to be leveled up individually. The game also has DLC locked behind sponsorships with Fortnite, Virgin Mobile, Verizon, and 5 Gum. These monetization schemes gave the negative impression that the game is a quagmire of corporate greed as opposed to an earnest attempt at entertainment. The game being a "Live Service" has also sparked unfavorable comparisons to both Spider-Man (PS4), and rival DC Comics' Batman: Arkham Series, which are respected for being standalone narrative-driven games that are fun without including exploitative monetization schemes.
  • That One Level: The Mega Hive challenge. This raid is an eight tier mission chain of five Hive floors each, where if you die, you have to replace your hero with a new one at the mission power level. If all heroes die, you have to start the entire level over. As if that isn't enough, the Hive challenges could only be completed on solo so you couldn’t have any of your friends to help out.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Fans of Taskmaster are generally not too pleased with his portrayal in the game, as he lacks his Nothing Personal and Deadpan Snarker traits, never mind his move-copying skills are pretty much an Informed Attribute. The game also takes his former status as a SHIELD agent from the Heroic Age miniseries, but rather than maintain the Tragic Hero backstory, he's instead a traitor to SHIELD who sold them out and killed a number of agents, and still maintains a bitter grudge against the agency (and vice-versa).
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: A common criticism of the game is that it tries to be a live service title in the vein of Destiny and Anthem. The reliance on upgradable gear means that the heroes start out underpowered and forces players to grind the same missions for hours. Likewise, the missions amounted to requiring players to kill x amount of enemies, resulting in tedious and repetitive gameplay. While this live service design has worked in some games, many players feel that it doesn't work for Avengers because it clashes with the power fantasy of being a superhero.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Despite the vast collection of iconic Marvel villains in existence, this game only features MODOK, Monica, Taskmaster, and Abomination, all of which you only fight exactly once throughout the game, though the latter two do have optional boss fights in side missions. The rest of the major bosses are faceless robot enemies.
    • The fake Thor, later revealed to be Loki, never drops his disguise or puts up an actual fight against the Avengers, simply fleeing after Thor's Iconic mission chain is complete.
    • Most of the Avengers themselves fall into this category. Iron Man and Hulk are present early in the story and act as Kamala's mentors, but Captain America, Thor, and Black Widow are hardly seen at all in the main campaign as they are either introduced very late into the story or spend most of their time offscreen.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Although the game was praised for having Kamala as the main character, there were several side threads that really were not picked up on. One is Dante, as we never see him interact with Kamala again despite the fact she tried to free all the Inhumans from AIM. Another one was the complete lack of content covering how the public reacts to AIM's darker side.
    • On the flipside, with Kamala serving as the central viewpoint character of the game, some wished the game was a standalone Ms. Marvel game rather than an Avengers game starring Ms. Marvel.
      • For the rest, many were expecting an outing explicitly featuring the Avengers themselves without Kamala.
    • Though Hawkeye is overall well-handled, the DLC story for him starts off with a really fun mission inspired by the "My Life As A Weapon" run, but then goes into Future Imperfect with Maestro. While the latter is fine, one can't help but wish the plot threads teased in the first mission (such as mention of the Tracksuit Mafia, Clint's apparent rivalry with the Watchdogs, and much of his relationship with his neighbourhood) were delved into more.
  • Uncanny Valley: One of the major complaints about the E3 reveal is how the characters look... Off, in large part because the designs are obviously trying to emulate the MCU designs while lacking the actors' likenesses. The result is that the game looks like a fan-film (not helped by the fact that some fans found the characters resembling other actors rather than the ones who play them in the MCU). The revisions seen at the San Diego Comic Con were seen as a massive improvement.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Very few people expected Ms. Marvel to be the effective Audience Surrogate as well as POV character given she is largely unknown among the movie-viewing audience and mostly known to modern comic book readers.
    • Minor example — though Hank Pym is a founding Avenger in the comics, ever since the MCU, he's been sidelined by his successor Scott Lang as the main Ant-Man of Marvel. Him getting revealed before Scott, and the first heroic character revealed outside the main Avengers themselves, was a bit of a surprise.
    • Phil Sheldon is the protagonist of the classic but somewhat obscure Marvels miniseries.
    • While Spider-Man is a beloved character, his inclusion in the game was not expected for two reasons: he is not a regular member of the Avengers and it was assumed that Sony has an exclusivity deal with him while Avengers is a multi-platform release. He was eventually announced as a PS4/5 exclusive character.
    • With Hawkeye already revealed as coming after launch, people were not expecting his protege Kate Bishop to be included. The Launch Week War Table revealed her to the surprise of fans.
    • Probably one of the biggest examples is Monica Rappaccini being the Big Bad of the game (albeit, with MODOK as The Heavy). A lot of casual fans had never even heard of hernote , to the point some thought she was an original creation of the game. There is a lot of bafflement about using her as the Big Bad over a more well-known villain, though that was probably the reason why they decided to.
    • Some of the characters who serve as vendors and faction coordinators are actually very obscure characters. Some so obscure most probably don't even realise they're not just a Canon Foreigner.
      • Sarah Garza is from Secret Avengers, where she was a two-issue only character depicted as a low-level SHIELD agent turned Inhuman.
      • Madame Curie "Maddy" Cho is the sister of Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk.
      • Alisande Morales is a minor SHIELD agent who first appeared in 2004.
      • Chastity McBryde was the Hero Antagonist of an Elektra Miniseries from the late 80s.
      • Sidney Levine is an old Nick Fury/SHIELD supporting character, responsible for many of the more gimmicky spy gadgets Fury used to use.
      • The final cinematic of Beating the Odds seems to indicate that Roy, the AI vendor, is a precursor to Ultron.
      • Whilst Jane Foster wasn’t an unexpected character to be included as an NPC in a future expansion, no-one was expecting her to join the playable roster as Mighty Thor.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: The game began development several years before release, so none of this was intentional, but the game features an infectious disease that causes mass panic and paranoia, a government body using blatant lies and manipulated facts to spread disinformation, and a great deal of social unrest, including protestors and others to be wrongfully arrested and placed in camps where they're subjected to medical procedures they didn't want. A lot of this feels Ripped from the Headlines considering what was going on with the COVID-19 Pandemic in America at the time of release, but the story was almost definitely written well beforehand.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?:
    • Captain America's default uniform has come under fire for looking more like hockey pads or SWAT gear especially when compared to the Marvel Cinematic Universe costumes which are seen as a better blend of real-world aesthetics and comic book design. Particular points of contention are the drab colors, overly bulky gear, oddly small chest star, and the bizarre "stripe pouches" on the torso. Not helping matters is that its tactical design and muted color scheme makes it look more like something John Walker/US Agent or Frank Castle/The Punisher would wear. The fact he has two much better designs, with the Classic and Ultimate Patriot skins, makes one wonder why they used this one as his default look. As a plus, he spends much of the game wearing a suit modelled after his 'Captain Rogers' look (which was previously used prominently in Captain America: The Winter Soldier), which looks far better and fits the resistance fighter plot of the game very well.
    • Some fans dislike the oversized star on Cap's Shield and the fact there are no options for the classic design.
    • Hawkeye's design was met with some bafflement, almost entirely because of the hairstyle choice, where they gave him a shaved head. While it's not the first time he's been depicted like that, it's never been a particularly well-received look for him. Fortunately, prior to his release it was shown Clint will have many alt costumes that don't have shaven hair.
    • Black Widow and Hawkeye’s Avengers: Endgame costumes were criticised for the fact that, despite the costumes being accurate to how they appeared in Endgame, no effort was made to incorporate the unique hairstyles Clint and Natasha had during the film.
      • Hawkeye’s costume also has an issue arising from the fact that MCU Clint is left handed whilst the version in the game is right handed, so his shooting glove is on the wrong hand.

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