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Square Enix’s Marvel Video Games Have A Big MCU Problem

Both Marvel’s Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are leaning hard into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Since 2018 with the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man, a number of different Marvel titles have come to PC and consoles. While Insomniac’s two Spider-Man offerings have been met with praise for their compelling approach to adapting Marvel’s source material, putting their own spin on the comics both narratively and visually speaking, Square Enix’s attempt with 2020’s Marvel’s Avengers was less well-received.

The first reveal trailer for Marvel’s Avengers back in E3 2019 was mocked by fans for its “Avengers at home” vibe, with many declaring the character designs to be poor imitations of the characters’ onscreen counterparts. While response to the publisher’s next Marvel installment, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (which is due to release this month) has been markedly less negative, the signs are still there that Square and Eidos Montreal haven’t learned from the disappointment of Marvel’s Avengers – at least when it comes to the overall tone and aesthetic of their titles, inviting comparisons to an already beloved interpretation of the Marvel Universe.

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