Video Game Preview: LEGO: Marvel Superheroes

By September 23, 2013


Who doesn’t love a good mashup these days? From your favorite songs to characters in television shows and movies portraying other characters from the Star Wars Universe, LEGO seems to have a good idea of what people want to see mashed up into their own universe. They’ve worked with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, and even have a Back to the Future set (that I’m dying to get my hands on). Heck, they’re developing a feature-length movie to be released next year. If you didn’t think it could get any better than that, they’ve transferred a lot of these franchises to video game format. I’ve played a couple of Star Wars ones and the first Indy, as well as a demo for one of the Harry Potters and Batman, but LEGO and Warner Interactive’s latest game looks like it will be even better.

During my trip to NYC a couple of weeks ago, I was treated to an in-game sneak peek at LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes by Warner Interactive. While the game keeps the fun and quirky LEGO-ness (if that’s a word) we’ve come to expect, the plot thickens within the Marvel Universe. Dr. Doom is hatching a plot – you’re not surprised, I know – to utilize “cosmic blocks” in an attempt to control Galactus. Nick Fury sends out a slew of Marvel characters (including Silver Surfer, who we’re told will be knocked out of commission for most of the game) to stop this from happening.

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The open world in the game looks amazing, and features a ton of both NYC-based landmarks as well as Marvel ones, such as the Baxter Building, the X-Mansion, and more. You’ll be able to play as one of 150 characters (!) in the game as well. Characters range from current movie and TV ones like the X-Men and Avengers to characters you wouldn’t have guessed could have been in the game – when we were shown the board I noticed Howard the Duck right away. Some Ultimates will be in the game as well as bigger LEGO guys such as the aforementioned Galactus, Hulk, Abomination, etc. There’s even a playable Stan Lee in the game, who will have basically every power you can imagine (think Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine…only not as lame).

In addition to Stan “The Man’s” multitude of powers, there’s also an option on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier where you can make and customize your own superheroes. Imagine having your own Hulk-Spider-Wolverine. Sounds fun. Speaking of, there are also side-missions to complete for bonus blocks that sound both fun as well as hilarious. To give you an idea, we were told one of the missions would feature Magneto who “lost his chess set.”  There’s also a special bonus after the credits (y’know, like the stingers on every Marvel film?).

LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes will be available this October for every current gen (save for Wii) console, and in November they will release on PS4 and X-Box One. If you’re a LEGO fanatic who loves the games they put out, you won’t want to miss this one.

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New York-based John J. is the creator/Chief Operating Officer of [adult swim] central as well as the co-founder of ACPN. He is also the host of The Swimcast, co-host of Adventure Club Podcast, and writes for various outlets such as The Other View and GeekNation. John J's favorite movie of all time is Back to the Future and his favorite color is blue. John J. is available for podcast fill-ins, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs. Never submerge John J. in warm water. Email.