Comic book fans might enjoy debating the respective merits of DC and Marvel, but video game developer and publisher TT Games loves them both equally well and has included both Marvel and DC tie-ins in its series of LEGO-styled adventure games. The video games are also refreshingly free of the rights complications that keep the Avengers from teaming up with the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man; 2013 release LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offered a broad mix of playable superheroes from Marvel Comics, and even featured a cameo from Stan Lee.
This month brings E3 2015, an annual video game trade fair in which the major publishers offer new details on their upcoming slate of games, and one of the titles that we're expecting to see from Warner Bros. Interactive is LEGO Marvel's Avengers. The game will include plot elements from both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and will feature LEGO versions of characters like Iron Man, the Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, Hawkeye and Captain America.
The first trailer for LEGO Marvel's Avengers has just landed, presumably to tease further reveals at E3. It mainly features LEGO versions of scenes from the New York battle in The Avengers (plus a few additions, like Hulk posing with the Leviathan), but the trailer's style is more reminiscent of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the deadly robot supervillain himself makes a brief appearance at the end of the trailer.
There's also a LEGO version of the famous "hero shot" showing all the Avengers assembled ready for battle, and several shots of the Quinjet in action. Based on previous LEGO games it's a safe assumption that all of the Avengers will be playable characters, and each of them will have unique abilities and weapons.
It's going to be a while before we next see the live-action Avengers all together again in Avengers: Infinity War - Part One, so LEGO Marvel's Avengers will be one way to pass the time until then. It's releasing on a wide range of platforms, including previous generation consoles Xbox 360 and PS3, so even casual gamers should be able to find a way to play it. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was well-reviewed upon its release, and hopefully this next collaboration of Marvel and LEGO will be equally fun.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the LEGO editions of the Avengers, and if you're planning to pick up LEGO Marvel's Avengers when it arrives later this year.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers will release on Nintendo 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in late 2015.