The excitement from the announcement that there’s going to be a Lego Marvel’s The Avengers coming this fall still hasn’t worn off and its got me thinking about what I would like to see in the game. Given that the game is many months away, we know very little about it other than that the base game will be composed of the combined plots from 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and May’s Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that won’t stop me, or I’m assuming a lot of people, from speculating what they think will be in the game or simply what they want. Here’s my list of ten things I personally hope to play when I get my hands on my pre-order come this fall.
10) VOICES FROM THE FILM
The first Lego Marvel game, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, used a lot of voice talent from the current Disney XD animated series, Avengers Assemble, who don’t get me wrong are a talented group of actors, but seeing as this is an official Marvel Cinematic Universe game, I want to hear the likes of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth. It’s not like TT Games has to book any time with the actors either, as in previous Lego titles, namely Lego Lord of the Rings and Lego The Hobbit, they used the dialogue straight from the film. Should this be the route they’re taking, which I assume they will, I can only imagine what comedic spin they’ll be able to put on events of this films, especially the first Avengers which had some excellent comedic moments in it already.
9) OTHER MARVEL FILMS
The purpose of the second Lego Marvel game is to celebrate The Avengers and its sequel, Age of Ultron, but neither would be as beloved as they’re without the other pieces of the puzzle in the form of the excellent Phase 1 and 2 Marvel films. Whether it’s in the form of Red Brick missions akin to the Deadpool stages in Lego Marvel Super Heroes or even as bonus Season Pass content like last fall’s Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, I’m sure I’m not the only one who hopes that films like Iron Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier get a little love.
8) ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE TV PROJECTS
Marvel started out their cinematic universe initially through film only, but has since ventured into the TV world: First with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, followed by Marvel’s Agent Carter and soon Netflix exclusive series including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the Defenders. A lot of these won’t be released by the time Lego Marvel’s The Avengers releases, but for those that are, it would be nice if the included characters could make some type of appearance, perhaps as one of the unlockable mini-fig’s you’ll earn through freeplay.
7) A RETURN TO AN OPEN-WORLD
I clocked in over 30 hours last fall getting every trophy in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, exploring every last corner of the various hub-worlds and Lantern planets. I would be lying if I said I enjoyed this as much adventuring around either Gotham City in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes or New York City in Lego Marvel Super Heroes While it could never be as rich as LMSH’s New York as this game will probably exclude properties like the X-Men and Spider-Man, I would prefer a massive open world any day over the clunky, barren tiny planetoids of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham any day of the week.
6) THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
We had a lot of great comic book films last year, but none really quite left a mark like Guardians of the Galaxy did: dancing baby Groot, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Rocket Raccoon, I could go on forever. Without knowing what’s going to happen in Age of Ultron until early May, for now I’m going to operate under the assumption that this game will take place firmly on Terra, leaving little space for the GOTG to rear their heads. The Guardians only got to make a brief appearance in the post credits sequence of LMSH before becoming characters to be unlocked in the open world, and given their new-found popularity, any future Lego Marvel games, including this one, would be doing themselves a disservice by not having a Lego Star-Lord dance off with a Lego Ronan the Accuser.
5) LEGO BATMAN 3’S IMPROVEMENTS
As mentioned already, I wasn’t fond of the change from an open-world in previous Lego games to the multiple, tiny hub worlds found in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, but that’s not to say it didn’t do something’s better then LMSH, namely the way you returned to levels. When you returned to a level in LB3, every stage was broken into multiple parts wherein you could see what you were missing without having to replay an entire level, which made finding Red Bricks or rescuing characters in peril less time-consuming than ever before. This needs to continue not only in Lego Marvel’s The Avengers, but every Lego game going forward.
Age of Ultron isn’t the only Marvel Cinematic Universe film we have to look forward to this year, as Ant-Man will follow hot on its heels in the month of July. With the amount of returning and new characters being featured in AOU, I wouldn’t expect Scott Lang to show up anywhere other than a post-credits tease, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t show up in a bigger capacity in Lego Marvel’s The Avengers. TT Games were the company who developed the tie-in game to Toy Story 2 back in the day where a small character lived in a big world, a style of level design they returned to in The Lego Movie Videogame’s bonus world, so who better to do a character like Ant-Man justice? Previously characters like Ant-Man and the Atom were used mainly to get a few Gold Bricks and other collectibles but with the Atom about to make an appearance on Arrow and Ant-Man getting his own feature film, it’s time for the little guys to shine.
3) FOLLOW LEGO BATMAN 3’S EXAMPLE FOR THE HANDHELD VERSION
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril was not the game that neither Marvel nor Lego fans deserved, but last fall’s Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham turned out to be a big surprise. It was even so good that it was awarded 3DS game of the year in our first ever Game of the Year awards on this site. The handheld SKU’s of Lego games tend to get over shadowed from their big brothers on console, but with the right amount of attention, like LB3, they can be just as much fun as playing on a TV through a console.
2) BREVITY IS TOTALLY OKAY
Lego Marvel’s The Avengers main campaign will presumably be split exclusively between the two mainline Avengers films, one of which was a mega hit and the other we can all bet will net a sizeable amount of money greater than or equal to its predecessor. Just because this game is being based on two larger than life films, doesn’t mean it has to be as massive as LMSH. The Lego Movie Videogame was just as fun as any other Lego game but as it was based on a movie, it wasn’t as packed with as much content, something I’m completely fine with. The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have as many characters to pull from as the regular Marvel Universe, so there’s no need to pad out the game by having numerous Iron Man armour’s and different Captain America’s. Just keep things nice and simple.
1) DON’T FORGET ABOUT LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES
I’m overcome with joy that we’re going to get to play this game later in the year, but at the same time it’s a bitter-sweet joy because there’s nothing I would love more than for there to be a Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. With the film rights to a lot of their characters spread out among several different studios, it’ll be quite some time before we’ll be able to see Captain America fight alongside Wolverine, or Spider-Man suit up in his Iron Spider outfit that was gifted to him from Tony Stark. Such things are not the case in video games however, as evidenced by LMSH where no character was out-of-bounds. TT Games make the best licensed games around and with Marvel putting their hat mostly in the mobile space, it’s not very often that we’re able to pick up a controller and play as some of our favourite Marvel heroes outside of the Lego series. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to get my mitts on this game later this year, but I still want to see TT Games follow-up LMSH with an enormous sequel.