Marvel’s Avengers is out now, which means you can finally take control of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Zip through the skies as Iron Man, wield the mighty hammer of Thor, shoot your way through the bad guys as Black Widow, go on a rampage with the Hulk, and discover the secrets of the Marvel universe as Ms. Marvel. Developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix have done an excellent job of making each core member of the Avengers feel like a unique character, right down to the way they play and the kind of gear you can acquire for them on the field. They even have their own hero-specific quest lines that tell personal stories that also tie into the larger plot of the game.
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and The Avengers movies in particular, will be elated to know that the roster of heroes in the new game is pretty much the same as the one in the films. The only big-screen Avenger missing at the moment is Hawkeye, who will actually be added to the game in the coming weeks as post-launch DLC. Joining him will be the fan-favorite Kate Bishop, who is working for SHIELD in the game’s story.
And then there’s Spider-Man, the most high-profile of the post-launch Marvel heroes. With the announcement that Spidey will bring new stories, gear, and abilities to the game, it’s no surprise that many fans are already anxious to play as the friendly neighborhood webslinger when he arrives sometime in early 2021. There’s just one catch: not every one with a copy of Marvel’s Avengers will get the chance to play as Spider-Man.
As revealed in August, Square Enix is releasing Spider-Man as an exclusive character for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game. This means that Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia players won’t be able to play as Spider-Man at all when he finally launches. The good news is that PlayStation users will get the Spider-Man Marvel’s Avengers DLC at no additional cost to them.