At E3 2019, Square Enix released the first trailer for its upcoming title Marvel's Avengers. While a some of the initial response was positive, the game's reveal was also met with a fair amount of online criticism. Specifically, many fans took to social media to voice their displeasure with the character designs used for the Avengers themselves.
Marvel's Avengers stars the team of Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and the Hulk. However, some fans are upset with the fact that game's version of these characters look significantly different than their Marvel Cinematic Universe counterparts.
In spite of the backlash, developer Crystal Dynamics (a subsidiary of Square Enix Europe) is standing by their new designs for the Avengers, with lead creative designer Shaun Escayg saying, "We are always listening to, and welcome feedback from our community. There are currently no plans to change our character designs."
Escayg also made it a point to remind fans that the footage shown at E3 is from an early, pre-alpha version of Marvel's Avengers. In turn, the overall look of the game will only get better as time goes on and more polish is added.
Said Escayg, "The level of detail and overall polish of the character models will absolutely continue to improve as we get closer to launch." Notably, the game is still 11 months away from its scheduled release date.
Featuring Nolan North as Iron Man, Troy Baker as Bruce Banner, Laura Bailey as Black Widow, Jeff Schine as Captain America and Travis Willingham as Thor, Marvel's Avengers, developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal and published by Square, will be released May 15, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia.