Marvel’s Avengers DLC Lineup Is Missing the Obvious Inclusion
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Arguably, the best feature in Marvel’s Avengers is the addition of free post-launch heroes. The Hero Challenge Cards, which basically act as individualized Battle Passes, are another question, but they are completely optional and self-sustainable.
Developer Crystal Dynamics has already confirmed quite a few heroes who will be joining the game in the coming months, while many more have been datamined. And although it remains to be seen, it’s possible that 17 additional heroes will come to the game over its lifespan.
However, that number almost makes its more glaring oversight all that much worse. As many know from the marketing material, the Marvel’s Avengers story line focuses on the Inhumans in the wake of A-Day, how AIM is trying to “cure” them, and how Kamala comes into her own as Ms. Marvel. Truthfully, Khan is the driving force behind the main campaign, and the Inhumans are part of that. But they don’t seem to play a big part in its future plans.
Confirmed and Datamined Marvel’s Avengers DLC
If the idea of just a free hero isn’t selling enough, many of the DLC characters will expand on the main campaign or tell their own story through personalized mission chains. It’s exciting to see what Hawkeye brings to the table, what the PS4 exclusive webhead adds to it, and whether or not Captain Marvel will dive into the Kree, so it’s clear these heroes aren’t just simple additions, at least most of them.
Thus far, Marvel’s Avengers has confirmed that PS4 will be getting Spider-Man, while everyone gets access to Hawkeye and Kate Bishop. There’s some confusion over whether or not Ant-Man is confirmed, given his role in the main storyline and the question of whether or not it would be Hank Pym or Scott Lang, but those are just the tip of the iceberg. Datamines for Marvel’s Avengers have found files for a litany of other heroes, including Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, Falcon, Mar’Vell, Mockingbird, Quake, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Vision, War Machine, Wasp, and Winter Soldier.
First, there have only been a handful of characters confirmed as DLC, such as the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man. Hawkeye’s up first, but he’s also confirmed to eventually be joined by Ant-Man and Kate Bishop. However, there’s a long list of heroes that have been datamined to appear in the game, including Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, Falcon, Mar’Vell, Mockingbird, Quake, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Vision, War Machine, Wasp, and Winter Soldier.
There’s a solid amount of variety here, and a lot of reasons to be excited. Black Panther suggests fans could get a glimpse of Wakanda, Captain Marvel and Mar’Vell suggest some Kree Empire material could be forthcoming, Mockingbird suggests that a SHIELD-focused storyline may not be out of the question, it’ll be interesting to see how Scarlet Witch is handled since she is typically depicted as a mutant, and so much more. But among all of these characters, there’s only one Inhuman: Quake.
Marvel’s Avengers Missing Link: The Inhumans
Many may recognize Quake immediately from the Agents of Shield TV series, which told a different story about the existence of Inhumans. It’ll be interesting to see what it brings to the table, but it’s worth mentioning that Marvel’s Avengers’ main story doesn’t negate a lot of known facts about Inhumans. Sure, A-day saw a newly-discovered Terrigen Crystal break down and convert a ton of people into Inhumans, but not a lot is still understood. In other words, Inhuman characters with different backgrounds shouldn’t be off the table.
Quake is a solid addition, but that just means it’s Ms. Marvel and Quake representing the Inhumans. Yet there’s plenty of room to explore Inhumans who existed before such as the Royal Family. The TV show may have been a flop, but seeing Black Bolt, Medusa, Gorgon, Triton, several others, or perhaps even Lockjaw would help establish the lore behind Inhumans in this Marvel iteration. But it doesn’t end there as there is the Crimson Cadre, the “New Generation” Inhumans, the Universal Inhumans, the Light Brigade, and so many more.
It seems plausible that post-launch storylines would focus on new enemies, new factions, and more. Chances are, players may see more of the Kree in the future of Marvel’s Avengers, but that itself is an opportunity. The Kree have long had interest in Inhumans, even creating a “Super-Inhuman” known as Vox in one comic line. In other words, focusing the main story of them and trotting off elsewhere doesn’t really add up.
Perhaps, as more characters are confirmed including (and potentially excluding) some of the datamined heroes, more Inhumans will come to the fore. For now, though, it seems that Kamala is the only Inhuman in a game full of Avengers and will only be promoted to one of a pair in future releases.
Marvel’s Avengers is out now for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One, with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions also in development.