game claim their Avengers line-up being nearly identical to the MCU’s is a total coincidence.In an interview with IGN’s Joshua Yehl, we asked Shaun Escayg, writer and creative director of Marvel’s Avengers, why Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Captain America are the group who kick off Marvel’s Avengers, specifically inquiring if it’s because that’s the core MCU Avengers line-up (minus Hawkeye), and if they were chosen because that’s who the audience already knows and loves.
“Actually, I don’t even think we thought of it that way,” said Escayg. “When we came at this, we’re just like, ‘What’s the most original story we can tell?’ Literally. West Coast Avengers… is a comic that we started with. Just getting a premise of how can we tell this, how we can pull out our favorite parts of the Avengers and see where we can create one, the most conflict; two, give us the creative canvas we need to make this the most exciting game possible. So, we didn’t really approach it from the movies. We didn’t. We actually approached it more from the comics.”
We then asked if it was a total coincidence that the game’s line-up is the same as the MCU’s, to which Escayg replied: “Yeah.”
Vincent Napoli, lead combat designer of Marvel’s Avengers, gave narrative reasons for choosing those five core Avengers. “There is a certain narrative that we’re trying to tell,” said Napoli. “So, it really comes down to what are the best characters to tell the story now?”
Escayg elaborated, saying “Best conflict: that’s another key factor. Bruce/Tony. Those are two different views on the Avengers. Two different views on superheroes. Two different perspectives. Widow/Cap. Who’s in charge? Who’s not in charge? There’s a reason we chose it, narratively.”
West Coast Avengers, the first spin-off publication for The Avengers, was founded by Hawkeye, with Iron Man later joining as one of its first recruits.
For more on Marvel’s Avengers, check out our reactions to 25 minutes of gameplay, read about Marvel offering hope for Hawkeye joining in the future, and take a look at its official reveal from Square Enix.
Marvel’s Avengers is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Stadia on May 15, 2020.
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