Will will see other heroes besides Ant-Man?
In our time with Scot Amos, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics, we discussed just how much creative control the team had over creating their own version of the Marvel Universe for next year’s Avengers. Be that as it may, we wanted to know: just how many Marvel heroes can Crystal Dynamics use in its game, given Marvel’s history of breaking down and separating licenses for its various characters?
“I mean certainly, Marvel owns the characters and decides kind of, you know, who gets what characters at the end, but we have hundreds of Avengers. There’s thousands of characters in Marvel’s eighty years of history,” Amos began.
“So if we said, ‘Hey, we want to use this character for that.’ It was always been the same core response [from Marvel] of, Why? Why are they going to fit in here? Do they make sense here? How would you use them? What’s the narrative reason for them to be in there, because it all comes back to the Avengers and the narrative making sense.
“[Marvel has] been great, as collaborators. We would go to Bill [Roseman, VP of Creative] again, just say, hey Bill, we need whatever it might be, which heroes, which enemies, which villains, and he’d say, ‘Why do you need them? What do you want them to do?’”
“Bill would give us a laundry list of answers that could fit the bill saying, This is really cool, and here’s a secret offsite location for AIM, and here’s some bad guys that we used over here. And then we’ll take that as inspiration,” Amos continued.
“We’ll throw it through our own kind of cement mixer inside of Crystal [Dynamics] and say, ‘Awesome, but we’re going to do OUR version of that.’ Or create something inspired by that, still original, or just take that wholesale and say, ‘Great, now how do we make it ours, that fits our world, so it still feels unique to us?’ And it’s an amazing labour of love for us.”
In addition to the core Avengers, Kamala Khan and villain Taskmaster, we’ve already seen AIM confirmed as a major villainous presence in Kamala’s reveal trailer, and a cameo from Hank Pym (Ant-Man) in the game’s original reveal.
“I certainly will say that… we are filled with characters across the board, of all kinds,” Amos teased, unwilling to confirm a single scrap of information on the topic.
Avengers heads to Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4 on 15 May 2020.