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New Marvel’s Avengers trailer answers all the FAQs

Setting, premise, and progression system are outlined

If you had any questions about the basic gameplay of Marvel’s Avengers, the new trailer should answer them. The setting, basic premise, and character roster are all explored in a convenient tour of the game.

As the voice-over explains, Marvel’s Avengers takes place in a sort of post-Avengers world, where the team have been disbanded for several years after a major incident in the San Francisco area. Artificial intelligence and drone technology has taken the place of the heroes, as a company called Advanced Idea Mechanics, or AIM, has a monopoly on policing against evil. In a completely unforeseeable twist, AIM isn’t what it claims to be, and the Avengers must regroup to battle the corporate entity.

Kamala Khan, the current Ms. Marvel in the comics and Marvel’s first headlining Muslim character, goes about trying to get the old team back together, risking her life to do so. She’s the player perspective at first, before more characters come into the fold. The playable roster, and the base of operations, is expanded and upgraded through-out the story.

The second half of the trailer focuses on all the outfits and customisations that’ll be available. Costumes will include new original designs, as well as ones inspired by the full 80 years of Marvel comics history – pinstripe suit Hulk and Thor with his classic helmet are among those shown. Powers and gear look to be earned through a standard progression system, allowing each player to develop their own play-style.

Two kinds of missions will be playable: hero missions, which are single-player, and require specific heroes, and warzone missions, which have an added multiplayer element. Teams of up to four can take on the warzone scenarios. All include story elements that push the man plot-line forward in one way or another. The ending is a montage of some of the main Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, and Ms. Marvel – in combat.

We previewed the game at Gamescom, and liked what we played. You can get to assembling the Avengers in Marvel’s Avengers in May 2020. If you can’t wait that long, here’s a few alternatives to tide you over.