An endless tide of multicoloured superheroes, each leaving a bigger dent in the New York sidewalk than the last, pausing briefly to babble something a 60-year-old screenwriter thinks teenagers say before teaming up with each other to hurtle from skyscraper to skyscraper, smashing through endless windows while Hans Zimmer percussion punches you in every cortex. It’s worked in cinema for the last 15 years, so there’s no reason to believe it won’t also work in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, as the game’s new trailer duly demonstrates.
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Superhero movies aren’t really my thing, as you might have guessed, but nontheless I can see the craftsmanship behind TT Games’ Lego titles. The game’s out this January, and brings with it a focus on open world superhero-ing across eight different regions: New York City, Asgard, Barton Farm, Malibu, S.H.I.E.L.D. Base Exterior, Sokovia, South Africa, and Washington, D.C.
TT Games’ calling card are their enormous roster of characters, and I’d expect no less of a game carrying this license. It’s a well-known fact now that there have been more Marvel characters featured in the last three movies alone than there are human beings alive on Earth.
I am a bit worried by what appears to be a homage to Superman 64 approximately 1min40 into the trailer, but for now I’ll trust that it’s either a clever industry joke or a perfectly functional flight tutorial with surface similarities to the famously broken N64 title. All will be revealed on January 29th.