‘Marvel’s Avengers’ Developers Hint At Multiverse And Defend Character Designs
Our first proper look at Marvel's Avengers, showcased during Square Enix's E3 2019 press conference, left many underwhelmed. The gameplay didn't look especially exciting for one thing - and those who've seen it demoed at E3 have been critical of some pretty backwards-looking game design going on, including a reliance on quick-time events.
But there was also criticism of how the superheroes appeared - which is to say, some corners of the internet were miffed as to why Captain America, Black Widow et al didn't look like the movie versions of these loved comic-book characters. As is painfully inevitable with The Internet In 2019, there have been demands to have them changed - although, why anyone would actually expect these in-game models to look the same as they do in the cinema is beyond me.
But the game's lead creative director at developers Crystal Dynamics, Shaun Escayg, isn't bowing to any pressure. He explained to The Hollywood Reporter why these game heroes aren't the spitting images of the silver-screen ones.
"We wanted to make an original Avengers game, and go back to the roots of the comics. We wanted to clearly show that this was our spin on the Avengers, [and] even the way we cast these character was based on our story and our narrative."
He's aware of the feedback to the trailer, however, and added: "We're always listening to, and welcome feedback from our community. There are currently no plans to change our character designs." He also told THR that the game will feature playable characters from beyond the core Avengers cast. Which leads us nicely to our next point...
In another interview during his E3 promotional duties, Escayg spoke to IGN about the events depicted in the trailer - most notably the apparent death of Captain America.
"Cap went down with the ship," he said. "The Avengers' leader is Cap. The guy who is always logical, who brings this dysfunctional family together. Without him, how do they cope? That's part of the set up, part of the conflict. It's, to me, the most exciting part of the story - what do the Avengers do without their Captain?"
Captain America is confirmed as one of the playable characters in Marvel's Avengers - alongside Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow and Hulk - so it's not like he will stay dead for too long. And as for how that's going to come about, it's a good idea to think back to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, where one version of Peter Parker meets his end, only for several other versions of the hero to emerge from parallel universes, from the multiverse.
"You'll understand more when you play the game," Escayg told IGN. "The Marvel universe is huge. Will it resolve in this game? Who knows. Is this something else? Who knows. The things that we draw from, it's so big. We can pull from multiverses at this point."
As for rumours that Marvel's Avengers and last year's Marvel's Spider-Man exist in a shared universe, Marvel Games' Bill Rosemann gave us a completely telling-us-nothing comment during the E3 Coliseum, that is basically a dodging maneuver.
"Last time we were here, a year ago, discussing that certain character" - he means Spider-Man - "the roof caught on fire. And if I was to comment on that character now, I think the roof would fall on my head. So, I will just say we're focused on creating the best Avengers game."
Spider-Man as good as confirmed for Marvel's Avengers, then. The game comes out on May 15, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC.
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