Marvel’s Avengers Designers Won’t Change Character Design, Despite Backlash

Carla Harmon
June 15, 2019

The question remains, though: why, if you're creating an entirely new universe, do the Marvel's Avengers characters look nearly exactly like their MCU counterparts except for the faces?

Earlier this week, the Marvel's Avengers video game, which is published by Square Enix and developed by Crystal Dynamics, revealed an E3 2019 trailer that led to conflicted reactions from MCU fans.

Marvel's Avengers is trying to forge its own universe and perhaps borrow from the MCU, but certainly not adapt it directly.

Crystal Dynamics lead creative director Shaun Escayg said, "There will be custom outfits that you can purchase in microtransactions". Crystal Dynamics has certainly received the complaints of this segment of the fanbase, but they don't now have any plans to change the overall design that we saw at E3 this year.

Escayg said to the site "we are always listening to, and welcome feedback from our community. There are now no plans to change our character designs", Escayg confirmed.

That's not to say that we won't see any sort of improvement in the Marvel's Avengers character designers. However, he left room for upgrading "the level of detail and overall polish", given that the trailer only reflects "pre-alpha gameplay footage". While this game would've have been a good opportunity to go for a more comic-inspired design, instead we get characters that look like cheap copycats of the film's actors. "We wanted to clearly show that this was our spin on the Avengers". We look forward to seeing how things like customizable suits, loot, and armor might change the look and feel of each character as well. The game isn't set to arrive until May 15, 2020 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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