Lego Marvel’s Avengers is shaping up to be a virtual museum of Marvel comics goodness. While the core of this game focuses on a handful of recent Marvel films – orbiting the periphery are countless references and callbacks to the comic company’s colorful past. If you ever wanted an interactive primer covering the who’s who of superhero comics, this is it. And you better believe Stan Lee makes more than a few cameos. This is also a Lego game through and through – right down to its simplistic, beat-’em-up play style. The game will be released in January of 2016 on, well, pretty much everything – but until then here’s what you need to know.
This game draws in a lot more than the first Avengers film. There are characters and locations from all across the films and comics – with an emphasis on Phase Two of Marvel’s cinematic universe. This means you’ll be clobbering your way through Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and more.
While the sections taken from the films play out in linear fashion, there are also several sandbox areas to explore. Each one – from Asgard to Manhattan – is its own little mini-open world game, complete with its own set of challenges and objectives to complete. And because this is a superhero game, there are also random acts of petty thievery that pop up as you play and will need to be stopped. Any hero (or villain) that you’ve unlocked can be used in this freeroaming sections – and there are a lot of them.
This is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the entire game: the roster. And it’s massive, with over a hundred heroes and villains, past and present, from …