With today’s confirmation that Marvel superheroes would be coming to this fall’s Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition, you might be left wondering exactly which renditions of Captain America and Iron Man will end in your virtual Toy Box. After all, the long history and splintered nature of the Marvel Universe means the team at Avalanche Software has a wealth of options to choose from. There’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe, countless cartoon spin-offs, and, of course, the comics themselves, which have featured numerous alternate takes and reboots of the company’s beloved characters over the last 70 years. Given so many choices, where will Infinity look for inspiration?
The answer, it turns out, is all of the above.
“I think one of the things that we benefit from is we have the option to cherry-pick from the very best—the very best of publishing, the very best of television, the very best of film, and bring them together to create one cohesive gaming experience,” Marvel’s VP of production TQ Jefferson tells me. “You’re going to see an Avengers Tower that looks like it’s from the film, but you’re also going to see characters like MODOK, who aren’t in any of the films. If you look at the first batch of figures, they’re actually more inspired by the Avengers Assemble animated series.”
While the game will blend elements from all these different incarnations of Marvel’s heroes—and feature an original, standalone story penned by comics veteran Brian Michael Bendis—Jefferson notes that the both Marvel and Avalanche have made an effort to ensure that Infinity’s take on the characters will be recognizable and fun to all fans, whether they’re most familiar with the comics, cartoons, or movies.
“We just talked about how we have a bunch of new Power Discs,” adds Infinity executive producer John Vignocchi. “That’s a great place where we can cherry-pick from so many different areas of the Marvel Universe.” On that front, Disney showed off some the diversity we can expect from this new series of Discs today, offering a glimpse at some visual themes for the Toy Box inspired by the comics, new team-up Discs that allow you to call in characters like Winter Soldier and Iron Patriot for support, and even the ability to drive Lola, Agent Coulson’s flying car from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.
But don’t expect Disney Infinity to delve into the deepest corners of the Marvel canon too quickly. When I ask when I can expect to see Paste-Pot Pete, the classic, glue gun–wielding Fantastic Four villain, I’m immediately met with laughter.
“But Infinity is an ever-expanding platform,” Vignocchi offers optimistically between chuckles.