While many of the properties and franchises owned by publisher THQ were sold off during the company’s liquidation back in 2013 to new owners and are either in development or have a healthy future, the company’s gestating Marvel’s The Avengers game was one unfortunate casualty of the studio’s demise, with a new video revealing what the game could have looked like.
In a new video published between Unseen64 and Did You Know Gaming?, the video gives a look at the Avengers game that was in development at THQ prior to the company’s closure in 2013, with the title taking its inspiration from the mega-popular comics and movies based in the Marvel universe, but expanding on that with its take on the franchise as a first-person, co-op oriented action game.
Originally in development at THQ Australia, the title (which had no official name) was originally intended to release alongside Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012, with the game letting players take on the roles of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America, while also giving access to other Avengers later on such as Hawkeye and Black Widow.
A core part of the gameplay would have then been the collaboration and teamwork between players and utilizing team attacks, enabling players to track up combos and use unique abilities with other teammates.
In terms of the story, the game would have taken inspiration from the “Secret Invasion” storyline of the Marvel comics, with veteran comic writer Brian Michael Bendis to have worked on the game’s plot and implementing many of the iconic villains from the comics, such as the infamous Skrulls.
Ultimately, the game’s cancellation came as a result of THQ’s financial woes and (ultimately) the studio’s closure, with Bendis commenting on the game that “it was cool…and I will never understand how [THQ] let that one sunk and not sell it off when the whole company folded.”
While unfortunately the idea of a first-person, co-op-based action game is no longer in the cards for a Marvel property, plenty of other high-profile releases have come out or are in the works, such as last year’s Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Superheroes and an upcoming collaboration between Marvel and Telltale Games for an episodic series to debut in 2017.
In the meantime, you can watch the full video from Unseen64 and Did You Know Gaming? for a look at what the cancelled Avengers game from THQ would have looked like: