Yesterday, I received an e-mail press release that began:
“During a panel today at San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed brand new details and never-before-seen imagery and video from LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, the first game to feature characters and storylines from Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and more.”
It included six characters from LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, shown below. While it sounds like your basic press release, the last two words gave me pause. There are a lot of great Marvel movies just released or coming up in the near future: Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans.
With all of these movies to promote, and you can be sure Marvel is using their video games to promote their movies, why specifically highlight these six new characters? Logically, you would want to promote whatever movie comes out next, and that would be Captain America: Civil War. Based on that assumption, let’s look at the characters and do a little speculating. (Warning, possible spoilers ahead.)
It’s easy to assume that the inclusion of the Hulkbuster armor in the new game is due to its starring role in Age of Ultron, but don’t forget that Civil War will also reintroduce General Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), who, in the comics, becomes the Red Hulk. Also, Age of Ultron ended with Bruce Banner flying off on his own. What is possibly going to convince him to return, unless it’s a threat that only The Hulk can handle? A three-way battle between The Hulk, Red Hulk, and Tony Stark in the Hulkbuster armor? Oh, yes, please!
Crossbones / Brock Rumlow
This isn’t really speculation, as it’s already pretty well-established that the whole superhero registration debate in Civil War will be kicked off by Rumlow, who we were introduced to during Captain America: Winter Soldier. How big of a role his character will play is still to be determined, but given the next character reveal, my guess is that it will be in an epic fight with Steve Rogers that sees Captain America hang up his shield.
Falcon / Sam Wilson / Captain America
No, that’s not a typo. Given the end of Age of Ultron, it is apparent that Marvel is turning its focus on the New Avengers, and if you’re only a fan of the movies, you may not be aware that Sam Wilson is already Captain America in the comics, so it’s not a huge stretch to assume that Civil War is when he takes on that role in the MCU. Given the inclusion of many New Avengers, is it a stretch to expect that Civil War might also contain a few Young Avengers? Which leads us to:
America Chavez / Miss America
Of all the secondary characters to highlight in a new game, why Chavez? One assumption is that it’s because she is an LGBT character, and given recent legal developments, as well as some of the flak Marvel has gotten for its treatment of female characters, it’s simply good PR to include her in this list. Still, if we want to stick with our initial assumption that these characters are being highlighted due to their inclusion in Civil War, is Miss America a possibility? My gut says, “Maybe.” One thing that is interesting, though, is that on the Captain America: Civil War IMDB page, listed just a few places below Colonel Rhodes (Don Cheadle) is one Surely Alvelo who is playing the part of “Nurse,” a generic character that could easily be a diversion to keep her true character a secret. At this point, it’s pure speculation, but looking at the comic book character and the actress side-by-side does make you wonder.
UPDATE: To all of you America Chavez fans who are confused by the video game image, take heart. They have promised to un-whitewash her before the release date (h/t The Mary Sue):
— Bill Rosemann (@BillRosemann) July 15, 2015
Stanbuster / Iron Stan / Stan Lee
It’s not a Marvel movie without a Stan Lee cameo, and Civil War is sure to be no different. Whether these suits are just a fun continuation of the importance of Stan Lee from Lego Marvel Superheroes or a new direction for Mr. Lee’s cameos remains to be seen, but if random bystander Stan Lee somehow gets scooped up into an Iron Man suit during Civil War and goes on a Doombot-destroying rampage, it will officially be the greatest cameo of all time.
All video game images and Lego Marvel’s Avengers logo courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment. America Chavez comic book image Copyright Marvel.