At last night’s E3 2019 keynote, Square Enix gave a first look at its upcoming Marvel’s Avengers game, which is due out on May 15, 2020 for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Google Stadia.
In the trailer above, we find the Avengers at their new San Francisco HQ. The superheroes are reunited after being scorned for a mission gone awry that led to mass casualties. In the game, you can play as Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, or Black Widow. So far, so exciting — but something is amiss.
The characters are voiced by new actors, Jeff Schine (Cap), Nolan North (Iron Man), Troy Baker (Hulk), Travis Willingham (Thor), and Laura Bailey (Black Widow), who appear to do a good job. The problem, at least as far as some fans are concerned, is that none of the characters look like their film counterparts, with Square Enix apparently lacking the rights to use Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, or Scarlett Johansson’s likenesses.
The result, after years of seeing these characters played by these actors, is a little uncanny valley. And Twitter, for one, wasn’t totally feeling the look, even if the game turns out to be a hit: