An Avengers game based on Secret Invasion was in development at THQ


Once upon a time, nearly every major Hollywood blockbuster got some kind of obligatory video game tie-in, ideally on as many platforms and handhelds as possible. Movies like Batman Begins, Spider-Man 2 and The Chronicles of Riddick have all received coinciding videogame releases.

But poor quality  and diminishing returns saw the movie game tie-in transform from sure fire success to laughable cash grabs, and by 2012, the year The Avengers was set to roll around,  things had fundamentally changed. It’s come to light that a similar tie in was at works at one of THQ’s studios in Brisbane, Australia and concept art proves it.

This video from DidYouKnowGaming assembles — no pun intended — the details that have accumulated over the years to give a detailed look at the development of this untitled Avengers game, which transformed from a traditional third person team-based beat em up into an interesting first person co-op experience.

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And while it was timed for release with the Avengers movie, the story was quite different. It focused on the largely successful infiltration of Earth by the shape shifting aliens known as the Skrulls, their attempts to acquire the powers of Marvel’s mightiest superhumans and even included an explanation for the absence of The Fantastic Four (beyond licensing reasons.)

Followers of the videogame business already know that THQ was liquidated in early 2013 after several years of financial struggles and increasing debt. While the games like South Park: The Stick of Truth and Evolve survived to find new publishers, The Avengers game was one of the first projects to be scrapped in an attempt to forestall the publisher’s eventual demise.