If there’s one thing we geeks love to do, it’s wax theoretical on all the things that could have been or should yet be involving our favorite characters or properties. Whether an unseen final season or a never-produced line of action figures, we want them. Now. Make it so!
Many of us here at PoP! who play the video games have expressed quite a lot of fondness for the line of games put out by the good folks at LEGO. For the past few years, LEGO has expanded their line of licensed products towards the realm of interactive media with a number of highly entertaining games featuring some of the most popular properties in all of pop-culture. So far, LEGO versions of Batman, the Star Wars saga, the Indiana Jones franchise, and the Harry Potter series have all been brought to life in video game form, but the one property that everyone is waiting to be added to this list, myself included, is The Avengers. Right now, there is a line of Avengers figures and playsets from LEGO on the shelves of many toy and retail shops, so hopefully it’ll only be a matter of time before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are reducing tiny Chitauri soldiers to little green bricks on every major console.
All the LEGO games that have been released so far have managed to capture the essence of the property while providing a fun game experience for the entire family. It should be quite simple for the developers of these games to develop a game that effectively tells the story not only of The Avengers but also the five Marvel Studios films leading up to it. Much like LEGO Star Wars covers all six movies in the Star Wars saga, LEGO Avengers could have separate levels covering each film in the Marvel Movie Universe, and, just like in other LEGO games, successful completion of each level could unlock “Free Play” opportunities that would enable the player to relive that stage with a wider array of characters and powers to choose from. Imagine playing a World War II-era level from Captain America: The First Avenger as Iron Man, or battling the Frost Giants from Thor as the Hulk. Increased progress in the game could also entitle the player to unlock side characters such as Nick Fury, Maria Hill, or Agent Coulson, as well as many other characters who have not yet been brought to life on the movie screen, such as Ant-Man, the Scarlet Witch, and countless others.
The game would also include a number of lighthearted and brilliantly animated cut scenes that would enhance the story between stages. The “home base” for these characters, such as the Batcave in LEGO Batman or the Mos Eisley cantina in LEGO Star Wars, could be represented either by the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier or Avengers Tower. The gameplay would match the current LEGO games, with the characters fighting their way through one level to the next, collecting LEGO studs and various other items used to purchase weapons or unlock more characters and powers.
In an era where most video games are slated for one specific age group or another, the LEGO series of games stands out as one that both children and adults can enjoy. My kids are quite fond of the LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Batman games, which have made them more aware of both properties and the characters within them. Recent cartoons such as Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and The Super-Hero Squad Show have made them interested in a number of Marvel’s characters, and a LEGO game featuring these characters would be quite welcome in my household, at least. A LEGO Avengers video game would be a surefire hit for fans of Marvel Comics, the Marvel Studios films, and LEGO games as a whole, and if the makers of these games aren’t currently making efforts to develop it, they are truly missing out on what could potentially be one of the biggest-selling video games in recent years.