Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

Enter the World of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes

Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada speaks on the Avengers headlining a new installment of the gaming hit!

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By Matt Cabral

After kicking bad guy brick aplenty in last fall’s “LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes,” the Avengers re-assemble for an all-new interactive romp in “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.”

Following up to 2013’s epic collision of collectable toys and virtual adventures, the series’ 2.0 edition will once again allow players to bring beautifully sculpted figures to in-game life by placing them on a portal like peripheral. This time, however, the franchise will forego the light-hearted fun of playful pirates and pretty princesses in favor of the combat-focused, adrenaline-amping action only Marvel’s iconic line-up of characters can deliver.

According to Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, “Marvel Super Heroes” won’t merely be “Disney Infinity” with a pretty spandex paintjob, put a passion project on par with the company’s film, comic book, and television endeavors.

      “Like anything we do, we have been involved from the very beginning with the ‘Infinity’ team and they’ve been amazing to work with; it has really been an incredible collaboration,” Quesada says.

      That close collaboration has helped spawn six figures—Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Hawkeye—that would look as good displayed on a bookshelf as they would readied for action in front of an Xbox. Seated in front of a table of the sweet sculpts, Quesada continues:

      “There’s a very synergistic approach to how we do things, especially when they are mass media efforts like this where we have a particular idea of what characters and what concepts we want to put our efforts behind. So we are very, very involved even in the character designs, the character looks, the poses, everything to make it very distinctly Marvel, within the context of the world of ‘Infinity,’ so that it doesn’t look it’s coming out of a different universe.”

          Among the six aforementioned figures, Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow will be bundled with the game’s starter pack; the remaining three Avengers will be available separately and will be joined by many other Marvel favorites—both Rocket Raccoon and Spider-Man were teased in the title’s trailer—over the course of the game’s life span. As with the original “Disney Infinity,” “Marvel Super Heroes” won’t only be supported by new characters, but also Power Discs and Play Sets. The former—when placed on the “Infinty” base—bring perks, powers, and items into the game like, say, a suped-up Smash attack for Hulk or Captain America’s Sky Cycle, while the latter serve as 4-6 hour story-driven, universe-expanding campaigns for players to tackle.

          These narratively-focused Play Sets adopted a lighter tone in the first “Disney Infinity,” but thanks to legendary comic book creator Brian Michael Bendis’ involvement, the series’ Marvel-makeover will support the sort of rich, engaging storytelling fans have come to expect from the company’s other media properties. After joking that Bendis might be the only guy who knows as much about the Marvel Universe as himself, Quesada elaborates on the importance of the writer’s involvement: “He’s an amazing talent, so bringing him to ‘Infinity,’ to me, shows how devoted the ‘Infinity’ team is to making sure that this game is as Marvel-ly as it can possibly be.”

              While we’d probably have an easier time hijacking the Helicarrier than prying story details from Quesada, he does offer this teasing set-up: “New York is being invaded by a Frost Giant army, which Loki has summoned and, with M.O.D.O.K., they’re trying to build a new Casket of Ancient Winters. And it’s up to Earth’s mightiest heroes to stop their dastardly plan to freeze the entire planet.” This Avengers-themed Play Set—bundled with the game’s starter pack—will be just the first of many; and, according to Quesada, all future sets will feature original stories penned by Bendis.

              Of course, thwarting Frost Giants in Marvel’s Manhattan barely scratches the surface of what fans can expect from the next, super-powered installment of “Disney Infinity.” As players of the original game know, the franchise has already become famous for its do-it-yourself Toy Box mode. Within this creativity-encouraging sandbox, players can bring characters, vehicles, items, terrain pieces, and other virtual props together to make their own mini-games, challenges, and interactive worlds. Previous “Infinity” characters will also forward-compatible in this mode, allowing players to, say, assemble an Avengers team that includes Buzz Lightyear; we’re sure Hulk won’t be jealous at all. Toss in new Power Discs that bring alternate costumes and summon-able sidekicks, like Iron Man’s Mach VII armor and Iron Patriot, respectively, as well as new Toy Box Game Discs that’ll let you play Tower Defense—in Asgard!—and the possibilities are, well, infinite.

                  When asked if there’s enough Marvel material to keep future “Infinity” content fresh, Quesada laughs, then sums up the future potential of this fantastic new partnership:

                  “Yeah, I don’t foresee a problem at all, especially knowing what is coming—the characters that are coming, the additional stories that are coming that Brian has concocted. It’s going to be a lot of fun and we strategically planned it at Marvel in a way that we know it will be interesting and will keep our fans interested in what is coming up in ‘Infinity.’”

                  “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes” lands like a blacktop-buckling Hulk Smash this fall on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and PC.

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                      22 comments
                      marvelRULE
                      marvelRULE

                      i have the lego movie video game for ps4 and lego marvel superheroes and this game is for ps3 and ps4 i have the first one for ps3 please reply and tell me which console i should get this game from

                      marvelRULE
                      marvelRULE

                      I've played the lego movie videogame and lego marvel super heroes and it was totally epic and this game is too

                      marvelRULE
                      marvelRULE

                      I know some of you guys don't like this game but if you buy it its gonna be EPIC

                      marvelRULE
                      marvelRULE

                      this game is awesome all of you guys should get this i love this game make sure to buy all the first Disney infinity character then be prepare for the second one Disney Infinity 2.0 !!

                      marvelRULE
                      marvelRULE

                      spider man will be in it guardians of the galaxy and the avengers venom nick fury and more and may be maleficent brave

                      marvelRULE
                      marvelRULE

                      I saw a little bit of the review of this game and saw some of the figures but that's not all of the figure they are making more oh and some people say that maleficent and brave will be in this game so I am so excited for this game

                      marvelRULE
                      marvelRULE

                      please add ghost rider blade dead pool and the amazing spider man 2 play set and x men cause this is my dream and I hope it comes true so please add these this might be the dream I want so it might happen if it happen I will be really EXITED!!!

                      Mclam_Lispo
                      Mclam_Lispo

                      After playing the first Disney Infinity I was a little disappointed when the Toy Box mode wouldn't let me build the mini games I really wanted to build. It sounds like they're revamping it a little with this new release, hopefully fixing how complicated it can be to build things that could be so much simpler. 

                      Jason Powers
                      Jason Powers

                      Could you guys please allow Winter Soldier to be one of the playable characters. He could have a holo-shield and a gun.

                      OCTAVIANO00
                      OCTAVIANO00 member

                      I've tried to stay away from the infinity line, but i am so getting this....for my kids of curse

                      Dr_Sonigir
                      Dr_Sonigir

                      I would SO get this game, if I had the systems required XD (ESPECIALLY if Spider-Man is going to be in it :D)

                      ecan12639
                      ecan12639

                      bring x-men into it there way better

                      BennAirs
                      BennAirs

                      Wonder if they're gonna make an Agent Coulson character

                      JJF25
                      JJF25

                      But then again I'm just a kid

                      JJF25
                      JJF25

                      I think it will be fun Spidey and Mickey Mouse sounds awesome 2 me

                      Beemerjr4653
                      Beemerjr4653 plus member

                      I think this will be awesome!!

                      moonspiderine
                      moonspiderine

                      It's terrible! Do you really think that... I don't know... Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse can work together? Are you crazy?

                      Jason Powers
                      Jason Powers

                      And Winter Soldier please. Maybe even the revamped Fantastic Four.