Square Enix finally unveiled Marvel's Avengers yesterday at its E3 2019 press conference. The game, from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal, also had its release date of May 15, 2020 confirmed alongside the launch of a cinematic trailer outlining the basis of the game's plot.
The reception to the reveal has not been entirely positive, in part down to the fact that the character designs are looking a little generic for some. Meanwhile, the lack of gameplay footage shown has stifled some excitement, as although the game was revealed as an action-adventure title for up to four players, the finer details have not been disclosed.
Something that Marvel's Avengers could learn from its source material is that a group is stronger than an individual, however. With that in mind, Square Enix should use Marvel's Avengers as a chance to springboard into a new Marvel Gaming Universe as a sister to the MCU. Already Square Enix is signed on for multiple games with Marvel, but there's already one game in particular that could fit into this new shared gaming universe: the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man game.
Spider-Man was a tremendous success upon release, selling by the bucketload and earning loads of fans in the process. It's a proven smash, and so building it in with Square Enix's new title in the future could be a boon for both, expanding the scope dramatically. Even though Spider-Man was developed by Insomniac Games and published by Sony, given that Spider-Man made it into the MCU eventually then surely this issue can also be overcome.
Sharing a world with the existing Spider-Man game could also work in the favor of Marvel's Avengers for another reason. Marvel's Avengers is going to be adding in new playable characters for free over the course of the game's lifespan, suggesting that the game's content could last for years. This means that, at some point, the existing video game Spider-Man could skip right in as a playable character.
This could then be emulated across other games as well. Particularly popular characters who are ported into Marvel's Avengers could find themselves the subject of an independent game of their own, or alternatively those who start off as a standalone title via Square Enix's existing deal could also be brought in as a new playable character for Marvel's Avengers in time.
All in all, Marvel's Avengers has the scope to try and do something that hasn't quite been done before. No doubt an idea of this kind could be on the cards for Square Enix, but the publisher needs to aim big to really pull off a shared gaming universe. Here's hoping that Square Enix is up for the task.