Superheroes and the LEGO universe fit together like… well basically like two corresponding LEGO pieces. The two major comic book giants — DC and Marvel — have both had massive success adapting their material to the LEGO universe by putting their iconic characters into the hands of fans in a way that is accessible for all ages.
A new trailer for Marvel’s latest LEGO offering — LEGO Marvel’s Avengers — has just been released. It highlights the vast scope of the game’s open world, as well as a familiar face from the movies who will finally suit up: The Wasp.
Jam packed with recreations of action set pieces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the trailer takes the live grandiosity of Marvel’s superhero films and adds some characteristic LEGO irreverence. There’s Hawkeye taking on Loki during the Battle of New York, Thor beating down dark elves, and even a version of The Avengers post-credit scene where Hulk hogs all the shawarma.
Towards the end of the trailer, the narrator touts the wide open nature of the game’s New York setting, showing The Wasp (portrayed by Evangeline Lily in the MCU) flying around the massive skyscrapers exploring the environment. It’s at this point that the trailer extends beyond the films and showcases the vast number of Marvel heroes from the comics that players will be able to interact with throughout the game’s open, ready-to-explore world.
Highlighting the ability to play as The Wasp is a smart move on the part of the developers, because it plays up the fact that the game will not necessarily find itself beholden to the continuity of the MCU. While Hope van Dyne (or Hope Pym) appeared in Marvel’s most recent outing Ant-Man, she did not don her iconic Wasp outfit at any point during the film. Many of the set pieces and action sequences will be directly adapted from Marvel’s highly successful films, but the games have clearly opted to do what’s best for players, rather than what’s best for die hard fans of the films.
Making The Wasp a playable character in a game so far ahead of Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s theatrical release could also serve the purpose of affirming her place in the Marvel universe for more casual fans. Janet van Dyne’s Wasp was briefly featured during a flashback sequence in Ant-Man, and the character has had a wide exposure in the comics as well as animation – but actually handing control of the character over to players could help inform Marvel newcomers to her abilities and place within the universe.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will release on Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on January 26th, 2016.