Who are the villains in the new Marvel’s Avengers game?

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The trailer for Marvel’s Avengers was the big reveal at the end of Square Enix’s E3 conference. But the villains we saw – Abomination and Taskmaster – might not be familiar to players who aren’t familiar with Marvel comics.

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The trailer for Marvel’s Avengers was the big reveal at the end of Square Enix’s E3 conference. But the villains we saw – Abomination and Taskmaster – might not be familiar to players who aren’t familiar with Marvel comics.

And there’s also the question of who we didn’t see – which of the Marvel baddies was really behind the explosion of the helicarrier?

Taskmaster

As the Avengers investigate the cause of the explosion on the Golden Gate Bridge, we get our first glimpse of a villain – Taskmaster.

Taskmaster hasn’t appeared in any of the Marvel films, but he’s a long-standing member of the Marvel universe, having made his comic debut in 1980. He’s a mercenary with the ability to perfectly copy any action he sees – sort of photographic reflexes rather than photographic memory. This means he can mimic the moves of any superhero he fights. (Although only those moves he is physically capable of – he can’t watch someone fly and then learn to fly himself, for example.)

Abomination

Near the end of the trailer we’re given a quick glimpse of Hulk fighting a big grey spiky dude – Abomination.

This villain might be familiar to anyone who has seen the 2008 MCU film The Incredible Hulk starring Ed Norton as Bruce Banner. In that film, special forces team member Emil Blonsky (played by Tim Roth) is injected with an experimental (and imperfect) super-soldier serum to take on the Hulk, and later injects himself with some of the Hulk’s blood, transforming him into the super-powerful Abomination.

This is slightly different from Abomination’s comic-book origin, in which Blonsky is a KGB agent who deliberately exposes himself to a greater amount of gamma radiation than that which created the Hulk, turning him into a being even stronger than the mean green fighting machine. And unlike the Hulk, he has spikes – presumably because they look cool.

But what about this robot?

Also towards the end of the trailer, we see Black Widow fighting some sort of giant blue robot, but it’s unclear who or what this is. The fact that it’s a robot might point towards something to do with Ultron, the super-powerful robot villain who we saw in the second Avengers movie.

So is Ultron the big bad guy behind the explosion on the helicarrier that ended in the apparent death of Captain America? Maybe. But there are numerous Marvel arch-villains who could also fill the role. Baron Zemo is a long-standing Avengers villain who created the Masters of Evil, a sort of baddie version of the Avengers, so perhaps he’s lurking behind the scenes? Then there’s Doctor Doom, head of the fictional nation of Latveria and long-time foe of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. Could he be involved somehow?

At this point there’s no way of knowing, but it will be interesting to speculate as Square Enix drip feeds information on the game over the next few months.

And then there’s this thing

Right at the end of the footage, we briefly see something enormous erupting out of the ground in front of the Avengers – what is this thing?

Answers on a postcard, please…

Marvel’s Avengers is due for release on 15 May 2020.

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