During Gamescom 2019, fans finally got to see the Prologue gameplay of Marvel's Avengers, previously only shown off behind closed doors at E3 2019. While that footage eventually leaked on someone's camera phone, this official gameplay confirms a lot of what fans already knew like switching between each of the main Avengers members, fighting Taskmaster at the end, and even the destruction of a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and San Francisco. However, fans were also given a bit more information about the rest of the game, including the likely antagonist for the 5 year time jump.
From the official Play Avengers Twitter account, Crystal Dynamics confirms that the Advanced Idea Mechanics corporation, more commonly known as A.I.M., is going to be the primary hurdle for players to overcome in Marvel's Avengers. The corporation takes over following the 5 years that pass after the Prologue mission which sees all superheroes outlawed in the wake of a devastating attack during an A-Day event. Instead of super powers, A.I.M. is looking towards science to save the world. It's basically a front to destroying super heroes and taking over the world. Unfortunately, the Tweet doesn't reveal any more, but already fans have begun speculating which villains could be joining the game.
Advanced Idea Mechanics has been in Marvel Comics since the 1960s and its inclusion in this latest game leads many fans to speculate that its prolific leader could finally be the featured villain. A.I.M. is led by an organism known as M.O.D.O.K., which stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. He's one of the stranger comics villains due to his appearance of being a massive head in floating chair with tiny arms and feet. Regardless of his looks, he has proven to be a very formidable foe over the years as his abilities include superhuman intelligence and psionic powers including mind control, telekinetic blasts, and more.
In the five years since the events of A-Day, a new evil threat has emerged: Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.). They believe that science, not Super Heroes, will save the world. Reassemble Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take on AIM in Marvel’s Avengers. #EmbraceYourPowers #Reassemble pic.twitter.com/kY8rNo3LDB— Marvel's Avengers (@PlayAvengers) August 21, 2019
With Taskmaster already confirmed alongside the likely inclusion of M.O.D.O.K., it appears that Crystal Dynamics is looking to mix things up by utilizing more unconventional or mainstream villains. While that's no doubt great news for comic book fans, players should also expect to see plenty of familiar faces as well. The developer has previously confirmed that it plans on adding free DLC to the game long after launch which includes new regions to explore as well as new heroes like Hank Pym, aka Ant Man.
Marvel's Avengers releases May 15, 2020 for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.