Nintendo has announced two more heroes are joining the roster of playable characters in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Both new characters are Avengers, though one has been around a lot longer than the other.
In a gameplay preview with Game Informer, Nintendo revealed Hawkeye will be a playable character in Ultimate Alliance 3. There have been more than one Hawkeye in the comics, but Nintendo is using the original, Clint Barton, in Ultimate Alliance 3. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may recognize the archer, who’s portrayed by Jeremy Renner in the collection of movies. Ultimate Alliance 3 Hawkeye won’t be rocking the SHIELD agent attire seen in the MCU, though, nor will he be wearing the goofy purple outfit seen in several incarnations of the character. This version of Hawkeye is stylized after the one seen in the comics created by Matt Fraction and David Aja. In Ultimate Alliance 3, Hawkeye will fight with his collection of trick arrows.
The second new character revealed during the preview is Kamala Khan, the young woman who took on the Ms. Marvel mantle after Carol Danvers became Captain Marvel (who’s also in Ultimate Alliance 3). Kamala is an Inhuman who can enlarge any part of her body–a superpower she calls “embiggening.” In a pinch, she can enlarge her fists or feet and then elongate her limbs to fire off devastating blows from afar. However, she can also temporarily enlarge every part of her body and grow to massive sizes to cover more ground and reach higher vantage points. So far, it doesn’t seem like she’ll be able to completely enlarge herself while fighting in Ultimate Alliance 3, but her combos do take advantage of her ability to stretch out her limbs and expand her hands and feet.
Releasing exclusively on Nintendo Switch, Ultimate Alliance 3 takes a few cues from the MCU–especially Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame–to tell its story. The game sees the ultimate alliance of heroes from the first two games once again come together (with a couple of new faces) to take down Thanos and his Black Order. This time around, the alliance is composed of over two dozen characters, incorporating members from the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Verse, Defenders, Inhumans, and X-Men.
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Author: Jordan Ramée