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Square Enix Announces Kamala Khan For Marvel's Avengers

As revealed at New York Comic Con 2019, the roster of playable heroes in Marvel's Avengers was just grew thanks to the addition of Kamala Khan, better known as Ms. Marvel. Back in 2017, Marvel announced their partnership with publisher Square Enix and developers Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal, with the intent of delivering a video game based on the ultimate super hero team, The Avengers. At E3 2019, Marvel's Avengers was formally unveiled, promising a mix of single-player brawling and online co-op action, all wrapped in a live-service shell evocative of hit games like Destiny.

Set in its own universe separate from the movies or the comics, Marvel's Avengers deals with the ramifications of "A-Day," a terrorist attack on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge that leaves Captain America presumed dead and the remaining members of the team disbanding. In their place, Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM) rises to the challenge of protecting the Earth with an army of robots, artificial intelligence, and powered mech suits. However, within AIM, a conspiracy is brewing that could threaten the whole world, unless someone brings The Avengers back together to save the day one more time.

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In addition to Black Widow, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America, the sixth playable hero in Marvel's Avengers will be Ms. Marvel herself, Kamala Khan. The character was briefly glimpsed in earlier looks at the game, a tween girl caught up in the events of A-Day. The Terrigen Mist unleashed by the destruction of the Helicarrier revealed Khan's status as an Inhuman, giving her the Mr. Fantastic-like powers of stretching and, as she calls it, "embiggening."

Marvel's Avengers, despite being set in its own continuity, strives for authentic representation of its iconic characters, and Ms. Marvel is no different. Like her comic book counterpart, Kamala Khan is a dedicated fan of The Avengers, and her favorite hero is still Captain Marvel. Getting powers is a dream come true for young Kamala, but she's coming of age in a world where super heroes like The Avengers are outlawed, with AIM persecuting their vigilante ways in favor of cold, soulless order.

In the early portion of the game's story, set five years after the tutorial level depicting the A-Day attack, Kamala Khan acts as the catalyst who brings fallen heroes back from the brink to once again fight evil as a team. She's the one who sees through the facade of AIM and detects a sinister conspiracy underneath their altruistic aesthetic. It is the young Ms. Marvel who reassembles The Avengers.

In addition to her pivotal role in the story of Marvel's Avengers, Ms. Marvel is also playable in the game, with her stretchy powers giving her a unique place as a melee-focused character who is nonetheless gifted with significant ranged potential. We'll learn more about Ms. Marvel, as well as the rest of the heroes, as the calendar inches ever closer to the game's release date, May 15, 2020.

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