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Saturday, 10 October 2015

EXCLUSIVE - New LEGO Marvel's Avengers Gameplay Details Revealed

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Only right here and now will you find full details of how Iron Man 3 and more MCU greats will factor in!
Much as entertainment journalists such as this writer might hate to admit it, the art of obtaining wholly original scoops is fast becoming an increasingly tough one to crack these days, particularly given the density of specialist online and print publications alike vying endlessly for new, industry-shaking stories which they can claim for themselves.

Today, though, we here at On-Screen have, through nought but discussion with game director Arthur Parsons on social media, managed to uncover a fresh update regarding the recently-revealed Marvel Cinematic Universe content set to feature in Travellers' Tales' soon-to-be released action-adventure platforming video game LEGO Marvel's Avengers.

Just to bring our readers up to speed, TT Games' development team - Parsons included - took to the stage at this year's New York Comic-Con yesterday to confirm that not only would the characters, locales and events depicted in Marvel Studios' hit films Avengers Assemble and Avengers: Age of Ultron appear in the long-awaited spiritual successor to 2013's LEGO Marvel Superheroes, but moreover that past MCU instalments including Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier would contribute to the variety of story-driven missions on offer in the final product come the New Year.

What wasn't dwelt upon for long, however, was the precise manner in which these solo motion pictures' narratives would be presented inside or outside of the title's main campaign - would Iron Man 3 et al receive a full set of missions like their two Avengers counterparts, or would they instead be featured in some condensed form? Well, On-Screen can exclusively begin to draw back the shroud on this front thanks to an insightful comment as to the nature of this bonus material from Parsons delivered over on the ever-invaluable Twittersphere, the textual content of which can be read in its entirety below:
Admittedly one could make the argument that most licensed LEGO products like LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones effectively put forward a highlights reel rather than adapting their source material in its entirety, so there is always the chance that Parsons means Marvel's Avengers will adopt a similar strategy. That said, the developer's wording seems to strongly indicate that The Dark World, The Winter Soldier and the like won't receive quite the same 6-mission level of treatment offered to both Avengers ensemble films, instead being represented by a "Best of..."-style level or two which collates the relevant motion picture's most high-octane moments into one thrill-laden montage so as to succinctly set up how many of the individual members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes came to arrive on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s iconic helicarrier shortly before the Battle of New York (and Sokovia, of course).

Surprisingly enough, though, Parsons and company had even more announcements to make at their NYCC showcase 12 hours or so ago, and whilst we've prioritised our unmissable scoop above for obvious reasons, it's well worth taking a look at the vast array of characters from Marvel's illustrious history who've now been confirmed to d├ębut in LEGO form next January. Thanks to Brickipedia, we've been kept abreast of those revelations in the last few hours and can therefore unveil the full list of constructs who'll very soon be transforming into mini-figures (along with their most recent MCU appearances, just for clarity's sake):

  • Agent Carter (Young and Retired Versions, Agent Carter and Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Agent Coulson (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Agent Sitwell (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Alridch Killian (Iron Man 3)
  • Alien General (Avengers Assemble)
  • Alien Foot Soldier (Avengers Assemble)
  • Amadeus Cho (Comic-Books)
  • America Chavez (Comic-Books)
  • Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Baron Zemo (Comic-Books)
  • Bruce Banner (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Black Widow (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Butterball (Comic-Books)
  • Captain America (Steve Rogers, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Captain America (Sam Wilson, Comic-Books)
  • Captain Marvel (Comic-Books)
  • Crossbones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
  • Daredevil (Daredevil)
  • Detroit Steel (Comic-Books)
  • Devil Dinosaur (Comic-Books)
  • Erik Selvig (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Falcon (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Fandral (Thor: The Dark World)
  • Fin Fang Foom (Comic-Books)
  • Harley Keener (Comic-Books)
  • Hawkeye (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Helen Cho (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Hulk (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Hulkling (Comic-Books)
  • Iron Fist (Iron Fist)
  • Iron Man (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Iron Monger (Iron Man)
  • Jack of Hearts (Comic-Books)
  • Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)
  • Ulysses Klaw (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Kurse (Comic-Books)
  • Loki (Thor: The Dark World)
  • Luke Cage (Jessica Jones)
  • Malekith (Thor: The Dark World)
  • Mandarin (Iron Man 3)
  • Maria Hill (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Moon Boy (Comic-Books)
  • Ms. Marvel (Comic-Books)
  • Nick Fury (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Red Skull (Captain America: The First Avenger)
  • The Other (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Quicksilver (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Scarlet Witch (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Sif (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Sentry (Comic-Books)
  • Speed (Comic-Books)
  • Squirrel Girl (Comic-Books)
  • Thanos (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • The Collector (Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Thor (Thor Odinson, Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Thor (Jane Foster, Comic-Books)
  • Stan Lee (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Vision (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Volstagg (Thor: The Dark World)
  • War Machine (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Wiccan (Comic-Books)
  • Winter Soldier (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Still with us after that monumental round-up of heroes and villains past? Wonderful - in that case, you'll doubtless want to know that LEGO Marvel's Avengers (the NYCC gameplay trail for which appears below, incidentally) will assemble in UK video game retailers nationwide ready for release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo 3DS and PC on January 29th, 2016.

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