By Matt Cabral
With “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes” hitting like Thor’s mighty Mjolnir on September 23, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at the characters you’ll be unleashing in the awesome toys-meets-videogame mash-up.
First up, the Avengers reassemble to take on Loki and his army of Frost Giants. On top of representing six of the sweetest-looking sculpts to ever set foot on the “Disney Infinity” base, the collectible figures—Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Hulk—pack an unparalleled punch once they enter the virtual world. In fact, according to Executive Producer John Vignocchi, Iron Man could practically save Marvel’s Manhattan all by himself.
“With his Power Pulse Bolts charged up and ready to rock, Iron Man takes control of any situation using his rapid fire Pulse Bolt Blitz to take down anything Loki throws his way! He can launch Grapple Mines to create a field of fire or stand strong with a fully upgraded Shield Surge on his Regenerating Shields.”
Of course, those who prefer up-close butt-kicking to Tony Stark’s ranged combat style will want to get behind Thor’s ground-pounding hardware. As Vignocchi explains—like someone who maybe has a bit too much fun at his job—the god of thunder easily lives up to his title.
“Wielding the mighty Mjolnir—an enchanted hammer of lightning—the Norse god of thunder and lightning metes out Lightning Strike attacks to those that would oppose him. Upgradable to take out several enemies at once, Thor can also use Summon Mjolnir to call it back and take to the skies using its powers.”
Captain America’s patriotic following will similarly experience plenty of adrenaline-spiking thrills when they let the leash off the Star-Spangled Avenger’s signature shield; based on Vignocchi’s enthusiastic description, the iconic defensive discus serves as much more than a pretty red-white-and-blue accessory.
“Captain America uses his superior physical strength and his ultra-strong flying shield to obliterate any that threaten that which he defends! Cap’s Shield Assault can take out numerous foes and land right back in his powerful grip to charge up a Shield Strike for an extra powerful attack.”
Just as Cap’s shield features a variety of enemy-thwarting uses, Hawkeye’s weapon of choice can similarly clear the battlefield in a number of cool ways. As Vignocchi explains, the bow not only supports different ranged ammo types, but can also be used in close combat.
“The master archer, utilizing Exploding Arrows, Rain of Arrows and powerful melee attacks using his bow, Hawkeye can take on numerous enemies at range or in close quarters. His bow skills are unmatched. He can upgrade to add a knock-back effect to his shots, fire multiple arrows and increase his rate of fire to an unstoppable pace.”
Not to be outdone by the boys, Black Widow sports perhaps the slickest arsenal of offensive and defensive abilities; Vignocchi elaborates on just a few reasons why you’ll want her by your side on the battlefield.
“Oppose her and you will suffer her Widow’s Sting—electrically charged stingers that arc to nearby enemies. Stand in her way, and her Flying Kick will send you on your way. Seek her and she will elude you with her Widow’s Veil S.H.I.E.L.D tech.”
While slick gadgets and cool gear are all well and good, sometimes you just need to solve a problem with your bare hands; in those instances, you’ll want to don the purple pants of Bruce Banner’s “angry” alter ego. As Vignocchi reveals, however, Hulk can do much more than “smash!” things real good.
“Hulk not only uses his super-human, anger-fueled strength to smash, but also regenerates health with an ability that can be upgraded to make him nearly invulnerable to damage! His Rampaging Rush can stampede through crowds of enemies, while his Raging Roar not only makes him even more huge, but will send foes flying in every direction.”
Whether taking on Marvel’s evildoers by yourself or braving them alongside a buddy in co-op mode, the six Avengers—armed with their character-specific powers, skills, and abilities—offer ample opportunity to save the world with style to spare. And even when they’re not rescuing all humanity from atop the “Disney Infinity” base, they’ll look darn good displayed on your bookshelf.
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes - Avengers Play Set Trailer
Watch Marvel.com as well as our YouTube and social channels all this week for exclusive videos spotlighting each of the Avengers in “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes” and then experience it for yourself on September 23!