Although gamers are currently busy getting their hands on some of the fall's most exciting releases (like Death Stranding), it's never too early to start looking forward to next gear's biggest events. The summer release of Marvel's Avengers is certainly going to be one of the most exciting games to arrive before the next-gen consoles take over in later 2020, and super hero fans are learning more and more about the game as it approaches.
One of the biggest questions concerning Marvel's Avengers is which superheroes will be playable. The game had a major showing at E3 and put all of its emphasis on the core cast of Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hulk. As it turns out, the launch roster of playable characters isn't going to be much bigger than that...
At the end of the E3 presentation, the Avengers team teased the inclusion of Hank Pym (Ant-Man) with a short cinematic that includes the superhero and scientist. A few months later, Marvel's Avengers was back in the spotlight with another trailer unveiling fan-favorite modern superhero Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) as another playable hero. Many fans assumed this was just the first of many additional heroes that would be playable through the core game, but Crystal Dynamics studio head Scot Amos has shut that theory down.
"The Hero Missions are reserved for the single-player and put the player in front of levels built for the use of a particular hero and enhance the characteristics... Going forward you will also unlock the Warzone missions, playable with any hero and at any time, both in single-player and cooperative mode (up to four players). The only restriction is that you will necessarily need to select different heroes: no Hulk-only teams! To give more choices, after the launch other heroes will be published, in addition to the six that you will have initially available, available for free for the players."
So, unless there's a bad translation here, it sounds pretty definitive that we've already seen all of the launch heroes who are going to be available. This makes a lot of sense considering the length of Marvel's Avengers campaign and how each level seems to be built for a particular hero. It will be very interesting to see how quickly other heroes are added as free DLC post-launch and how much the cast of characters ends up growing. If players think of each character like a class or role in other co-op games, it seems logical that there can't be too many introduced before some serious balance issues take over.
Be sure to check back in the coming months for more news and updates as we learn additional details about Marvel's Avengers. And don't forget to sign up for the Avengers beta!
Marvel's Avengers releases May 15, 2020 on PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.