What Could Have Been…Video Games | The Avengers

What Could Have Been…Video Games | The Avengers

Back in August 2012 I started a series of articles entitled, “What Could Have Been…”, which detailed the way some of our favourite films could have played out if different decisions had been made during the production process. Now I’m turning my attention to video games that will never see the light of day.

In the last article, I mentioned how THQ were not too impressed with a Batman game set in an alternative 1800’s Gotham City, much to the distress of the fans who saw the leaked video footage years later.

Well, once again here is another game that looks like it had quite a considerable time in development that was again cancelled by publishers THQ. It’s name, Avengers: The Video Game.

Rumours of an Avengers game for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC were circulating in 2011. This was thought to tie in with the smash hit film that was going to be released the following year. But by the end of 2011 it was unfortunately confirmed the game had in fact been cancelled. THQ had shut down the Australian studios in Brisbane and Blue Tongue that were working on the game.

Concept art of the Skrull. The main antagonists from the cancelled game.

In an interview with Game Informer Magazine, comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis revealed that he was author behind the story for Avengers: The Video Game. The action was set in the first person format and allowed you to play as Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America. Don’t worry, Hawkeye also got a look in as well.

Bendis said, “The one game that haunts me is that I was writing the Avengers game – the THQ game that got canceled. I have a copy of it at the house, and it was a great looking game. It was a fully immersed Avengers game and the world will never see it.”

“It was a point of view game, which was different from most superhero games, but you could play the game from the POV of Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, and you could play the game co-op with four of your friends, so you could build an Avengers team and unlock players.”

A Google search will reveal that a ton of concept art has been released over the last couple of years. You can find a large selection over at the Comics Alliance website. Below you can watch the only known video of the cancelled project.

What do you think of the leaked footage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


John Abbitt

About the author | John Abbitt

@UKFilmNerd | John loves film, and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990s. Whilst that website became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. He's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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