Marvel’s Avengers will get a surprise new villain next week

The Marvel's Avengers War For Wakanda expansion is getting an additional villain.

The new War For Wakanda expansion for Marvel’s Avengers is arriving in just a few days’ time, August 17 in fact, and is set to bring in the hero Black Panther to the game alongside 7-8 hours of story. It will also introduce villain Ulysses Klaue, and it has now been revealed that a second named villain will back him up: Crossbones.

Despite boasting many of the biggest hero names in the Marvel universe, Square Enix’s Avengers game is sorely lacking in proper named villains for players to fight. Taskmaster, M.O.D.O.K., Abomination, sort-of Loki, and that’s about it. It was already reported that Ulysses Klaue (as played by Andy Serkis in the movies) would be coming in the next DLC, now players can expect Crossbones too (thanks, GameInformer).

Crossbones/Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War) is described by writer Hannah MacLeod as having “some of the most iconic comic dialogue ever because he just enjoys himself so much, but he’s also got some interesting tricks up his sleeve.”

The first look at Crossbones in Marvel’s Avengers was also released online and can be seen below. also had an interview with the developers and asked about the future beyond War For Wakanda, as it marks the end of the current DLC roadmap. They confirmed that they would have “more news coming forward later” and that the annoyingly PlayStation-exclusive Spider-Man DLC was “still on track” for 2021.

Most recently, Square Enix made Marvel’s Avengers temporarily free-to-play, causing concurrent player counts to skyrocket. However, it’s not all good news, since the XP rework earlier this year didn’t go down well with players.