Delighted both console lovers and comic book fans 12 years ago, when it was released. It was a logical follow-up and the progression of the X-Men Legends franchise, while it brought improved graphics, mechanics, characters and everything. The game was a big success and it covered virtually all platforms available at the time.
MUA 2 came 3 years later and brought an even bigger delight bomb, with everything improved and a larger character pool, which turned out to be crucial to the game’s success. Activision is now long gone and completely out of the picture, while the upcoming Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is being handled by the Team Ninja in development and Nintendo in the publishing aspect. The shocking announcement probably broke the hearts of everyone who doesn’t own a Nintendo Switch, or at least their wallet. For, everyone will buy it!
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Holy Jesus, jumping consoles on a stolen truck on the Bosnian border! Yeah, just for Switch. This announcement stopped everyone in their tracks. After 10 years of waiting for the sequel to MUA2, Switch will be the holy vessel to herald us into the new age of comic books and video games.
Characters and Easter Eggs
Nintendo and Team Ninja are going all out now. It is war, and they are packing. Probably every character that appeared in any of the movies from the MCU and other franchises will be included, plus they will bring Easter Eggs to the game, similar to the trivia and hints already contained in X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse. The trailer is epic and already introduces tons of characters, so let’s check them out.
Who is this I see?
- Nebula, the daughter of Thanos, is the first one seen in the trailer and confirmed for the game.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy are all counted, including Gamora, Star-Lord, Rocket, Drax, and Groot. They are insanely popular for their own solo movies and for their appearance in the Infinity War, and the characters in the game resemble the actors.
- Black Order, are the first villains introduced in the trailer, and they are Corvus Glaive, Black Dwarf, Proxima Midnight, Supergiant, and Ebony Maw. For those who do not know, Thanos is also a titular member of the Black Order.
- Iron Man, is confirmed naturally and is coming in his trademark suit from the first 2008 movie.
- Ultron is introduced immediately after and is popular from the Age of Ultron movie, but his appearance is more like in the comics.
- Captain America has his old-school shield and is naturally included. His uniform is also the light-blue shade and looks like it did in the Winter Soldier movie.
- The Hulk and Thor are introduced together, as they are buddies from Thor Ragnarok and the characters have good chemistry.
- Sand Man is the next villain, who is probably a boss encounter because in the trailer he is being fought by a group of 4 players.
- Spider-Man is introduced immediately after Sand-Man and looks like the newer generation animation movie depictions, with mechanical web shooters.
- Sentinels from the X-Men arc are introduced, which means X-Men are included as they were in MUA and MUA 2. It is so good that movie studios do not own separate rights to characters here!
- Wolverine is unavoidable and he looks like the old school version, with the yellow latex and blue detailed costume.
- Ronan is also seen in the trailer and the main villain in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
- Wilson Fisk was always popular, even before the Netflix Dare Devil series, and the character looks like the version from the Spider-Man TAS from the ‘90s.
- The Skrulls are seen, or at least a general of some sort holding a time gem at one point in the trailer. Skrulls are a fictional extraterrestrial race from the Marvel comic book universe, usually at war with the Kree, which are the invading forces in the first Avengers movie.
- The Fantastic Four are also seen in the trailer and will be included.
- Black Widow is seen in the final shot when all the heroes pose together, along with Scarlet Witch, Falcon, and Nick Fury.
- The Inhumans also made an appearance in the trailer. We are shown Lockjaw and Crystal, with no news if Black Bolt of others will join so far.
- And at the very end, we see everyone’s favorite villain – Thanos. Not much needs to be explained about him at this point, as he already seems to have all the stones assembled in the trailer. Whether or not this will be the story plot, it remains to be seen.
This Marvel Ultimate Alliance is surely turning to be one of the most anticipated game in 2019, if not in the last few years. Nintendo Switch owners are delighted, as the sales of the platform are bound to spike when MUA 3 gets released.