Here’s what “The Avengers” game could’ve looked like


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THQ’s been having a rough year. The Hollywood-based game publisher’s seen some expensive flameouts recently, with their internally-developed hardcore AAA games like “Homefront” and Red Faction Underground getting critically blasted and under-performing in terms of sales.

But, THQ also does a brisk business in licensed video games and playable experiences based on properties like Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” and Pixar’s “Cars” bring in waves of cash. The company’s recently stated that they’re going to be backing away from such titles and closed many of the studios tasked with creating them. One of the casualties appears to have been an “Avengers” game that was being worked on by THQ’s now-defunct Australian studio.

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Footage of Cancelled Avengers Game Leaks to the Internet
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The game looks to have been a co-operative first-person experience with each of the main characters getting unique moves and finishers in combat against the shape-shifting Skrull aliens. The footage in the clip is pre-alpha, meaning that there was still a ways yet for the game to go.

Marvel’s video game fortunes at present lie in the hands of many companies, by virtue of a complex network of deals signed before the company’s acquisition by Disney in 2010. So, Activision puts out “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” games while Sega just released titles based on the “Thor” and “Captain America” movies, along with the two “Iron Man” games they’ve already made. The cancellation of work on the THQ “Avengers” game puts the ball back in Marvel’s court.

The obvious solution would be to let Disney’s video game development division have at it, but the Mouse House also recently closed down the studios–the Black Rock that made “Pure” and “Split/Second” and the Revolution dev studio that made last year’s “Tron” game–who’d be best able to execute on such a title. What will most likely happen is that they’ll take proposals from other developers eager for a crack at Marvel’s premier super-team and go with the most compelling one. However, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to make a new “Avengers” game from scratch, what with the Joss Whedon-directed tentpole due out next summer. The other scenario is that an “Avengers” game may not happen at all. What I’d like to see is a title based on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes that happens in a movie off-year, which would get a longer development cycle and rise or fall on its own merits.

Do you think that Marvel should push ahead with an “Avengers” game for next year? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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