Square Enix finally gave the world a look at its upcoming Avengers game (titled Marvel’s Avengers) at E3 2019, and probably didn’t get the full reaction from the internet it hoped. The game doesn’t feature the likenesses of the Marvel Cinematic Universe actors who’ve embodied the characters for the last decade, and that resulted in the character designs getting dragged on social media.

The reveal was the last thing shown during Square’s press conference at E3 2019 and finally showed something of the game that’s being worked on by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos. Despite an extended look at Avengers, things are still pretty cryptic: though it seems to be a third-person action game, it’s not especially clear how it plays. We do know that it’s an original Avengers story (the same way Insomniac’s recent game, Marvel’s Spider-Man, was divorced from existing storylines). And it seems that Captain America buys it early in the game, with the story picking up five years later after they disband in response to taking the blame for destroying a big part of San Francisco.

There was plenty of news included in the presentation, including an upcoming Avengers beta coming to PS4 first and its release date. While the action is cinematic in the game’s trailer and Square Enix’s announcement included details like cooperative gameplay, free post-release DLC, and an all-star voice cast that includes Troy Baker, Laura Bailey, Nolan North, Travis Willingham, and Jeff Schine, it was the character designs that captured imaginations.

It’s not just that the MCU actors’ likenesses weren’t used–although that was part of the reaction. Captain America’s riot officer body armor and Thor’s weird headlight shirt were among the issues many seemed to take with the designs. There were also plenty of people wondering where Hawkeye is. You can check out some of the meanest (or funniest) reactions below.

We’ve got plenty more E3 2019 coverage throughout the show, including rundowns of all the news out of the Square Enix press conference, and all the other press conferences, too–be sure to check back throughout the week for news, previews, and impressions from gaming’s biggest show.



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