If it hits the way Square-Enix hopes, Marvel’s Avengers could become an evolving platform in and of itself that could see years worth of support through additional characters and expansions. The roster of the game thus far is but a handful, but it’s a good starting point, just like the first Avengers film was back in 2012. You don’t get to a cast the size of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War without first building some solid foundation first. The reveal of Marvel’s Avengers last week ended with a small video, no pun intended, featuring Hank Pym, aka the first Ant-Man, which was more than likely show that the world is bigger (okay enough size puns) than the slice they showed off. Here are five characters in no particular order that could come to Marvel’s Avengers if they’re not in the game in some form already.
The only Avenger from the first Avengers film who didn’t make an appearance last week in the reveal footage was the master marksman, Hawkeye. Crystal Dynamics has spent the better part of a decade working on a character who uses a bow and arrow as a weapon in the latest Tomb Raider trilogy so they know how to make that work well in a video game. VP and creative director of Marvel Games Bill Rosemann already had a response for those who were disappointed about Clint Barton being left out, so of all the characters in this list, Hawkeye is a lock to come sooner rather than later.
4) BLACK PANTHER
Marvel’s Black Panther was a billion dollar hit for Disney in 2018, so you can bet that they’re wanting to get him in as much multimedia projects as possible. Besides bringing some much needed representation to the cast, T’challa also is a package deal with the fictional nation of Wakanda, which could make for one heck of an environment to explore. Who didn’t see Black Panther’s ability to absorb kinetic energy and unleash it and not think that it was something straight out of a video game?
3) CAPTAIN MARVEL
Right now the only female character in the roster of Marvel’s Avengers is Black Widow, who makes a good match with Captain America as a street-level, martial arts character. What Marvel’s Avengers really needs though is a character who can stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Thor, and there’s no better choice than Captain Marvel. From the behind closed doors demo that was shown, Iron Man takes to the sky in a rail-shooting segment that’s straight out of something like Star Fox or Panzel Dragoon. If that type of mechanic already exists, it could fit Captain Marvel’s power set of flight and firing photon blasts from her hands near perfectly. As Josh from Panels to PIxels pointed out, the narrator of the trailer in Marvel’s Avengers could very easily be Kamala Kahn, aka Ms. Marvel, a character who took up the abandoned mantle from Captain Marvel. Is his theory is correct, Carol has to exist in this universe.
Over the years Falcon has been both a regular in the Avengers line-up and both a friend and partner to Captain America. Marvel clearly has big fans for Sam Wilson in the future – he’s set to co-star with The Winter Soldier in a series for Disney + – and part of that push could come in the form of a playable character in Marvel’s Avengers. A lot of what goes for Captain Marvel can be said for Falcon as he brings another flying character to the roster, and one who can also transition to a street-level fighting character too. His addition could also make for some great banter with Captain America.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Wasp has only be featured in a few films, but what many forget is that she was a founding member of The Avengers. If Square-Enix is already teasing Ant-Man, Janet Van Dyne can’t be far behind. In terms of how the character would play, it’s simple: Iron Man, but from the perspective of however Crystal Dynamics handles Ant-Man, that is if he is indeed going to suit up for Marvel’s Avengers. Whether it’s as a character in the base game or an expansion, this founding Avenger needs to take her place in the spotlight.