A new trailer for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 puts the upcoming video game’s antagonist front and center. The game’s expansive cast of Marvel heroes, all presented as LEGO figures, will be besieged on all sides by the malicious Kang the Conqueror, the purple and green time traveler whose aliases are as numerous as his sinister plots.
The trailer shows the likes of She-Hulk and Star-Lord going up against Kang and his goons. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is just the latest LEGO license adaptation video game in a long line. The trend for LEGO to license various properties and turn them into platformer games began in 2001 with LEGO Creator: Harry Potter on Windows. Franchises and company rosters like Star Wars, DC Comics and Marvel Comics would come later, finding their way onto consoles like the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 later.
The trailer hints at an eclectic open-world design for the game in which Kang has mixed various landmarks and structures from around the world in a limited geographical area. Pyramids are at home next to what looks like a busy New York City intersection. Despite the severity in Kang’s tone, though, the game looks to retain the sense of slapstick humor the franchise is known for.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Kang originally debuted in Avengers #8 in 1964. The supervillain’s actual name is Nathaniel Richards, a denizen of Earth-6311 where humanity was never plunged into the Dark Ages. Potentially the distant relative of Reed Richards, Nathaniel Richards discovered a time travel machine and heads to Earth-616 where he installs himself as a pharaoh and rules as Kang. Because of his dabbling with time, Kang has numerous alter-egos, some of which have been erased from the flow of time due to said dabbling.
The fact that Kang is such a narratively flexible character leaves several doors open for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2’s development team. At one point, Nathaniel Richards attempted to escape his fate, become the Iron Man-inspired Iron Lad so that he might delay becoming Kang. Similarly, Nathenial Richards also had a brief stint as the supervillain Kid Immortus, forging an alliance with Doctor Doom.
Releasing on Nov. 14, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game will be available on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.