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Marvel’s Avengers Story Trailer is Divisive and Troubling

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BY June 25, 2020
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A new Marvel’s Avengers story trailer has a lot of fans talking. Usually, the hype around something Marvel is relatively positive. After pulling of an incredible run of films, people trust what the company has to offer. Plus, the other big Marvel video game, Spider-man, is one of the most celebrated titles of this console generation. We know Square Enix delayed the game to tweak some things, but other than that, we haven’t seen much of the story. In this new trailer, I kind of wish they’ll take more time with it.

What We Learned from the Marvel’s Avengers Story Trailer

marvel's avengers story trailer Image Credit: Square Enix

I mean, who doesn’t love the Avengers? They’re the biggest name in Marvel right now, so a game should be great right? Except everything we see in the new Marvel’s Avengers story trailer is totally underwhelming. The new video shows us a ton of insights into the story. We know we are getting some Ms. Marvel origin story type stuff, which is wonderful. I think a lot of fans will be happy to see that. We also see that the Avengers are disbanded after really messing things up for the city. Or so we think.

The footage in the trailer shows Ms. Marvel getting the Avengers to reconnect after it’s clear they were set up. A ton of bad guys seem to be at play here. All in all, the leader of the evil forces looking to thwart the return of the Avengers is MODOK. I think the villain choice is great because MODOK hasn’t appeared in the MCU. Just a reminder, Square Enix is not building this game to fit inside the films. That’s probably why they tried hard to not mirror the character images on the actors from the Disney films. Except for Thor, who looks like Hemsworth quite a bit. Then again, Thor is a God, and Hemsworth is God-like in appearance, so it’s hard to avoid.

Good Villian, Good Developer – Why is the Game Still Missing the Mark?

Marvel's Avengers Story Trailer Image Credit: Square Enix

I think the overall sentiment for the Marvel’s Avengers story trailer is that this game doesn’t wow anyone. The amusement park allegory that Martin Scorcese used to describe MCU films isn’t wrong. Those movies feel like an action-packed ride that you experience head-on. This game, on the other hand, feels very empty. I don’t feel anything from the story mode for these characters. Some of that is the relationship we’ve built with the MCU actors, but you can make an emotional video game. We know these characters well at this point. That means we have some preconceived notions about their presence in the game. We know how Tony Stark should act, as well as Banner and the rest. It just doesn’t feel like Square Enix nailed it.

I think there’s more than meets the eye with a limited story trailer. We don’t know what the game is going to feel like. Early gameplay videos showed how limited each character’s move set would be. The emphasis on co-op is really going to play a huge role in diminishing the solo experience. Still, this doesn’t have to be a bad game. It just feels a little less exciting now than it did when they originally delayed it.

Some really cool preorder bonuses for the game are still available if you want some goodies with your purchase. Otherwise, we’ll keep you posted on what we learn about the title before its September 4 release. The game will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We also know it’s coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X as well. Thanks for reading Comic Years for all things gaming, comics, and pop culture.

Featured Image Credit: Square Enix

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Taylor loves to play video games in his spare time. He has two degrees in Political Communication and wrote his thesis on Marxism and the exploitation of college athletes. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife and two Toy Australian Shepherds. He’s always got headphones in, and he’s a diehard Cubs fan.

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