Marvel’s Avengers’ Jane Foster Mighty Thor Is The First New Hero I’m Skipping

This post was republished on 6/30.

Look, I’ve tried, but I’ve sort of reached the end of my rope with Marvel’s Avengers, the superhero looter that I have given the benefit of the doubt for ages now, but this time? This time I’m not going back.

While I am still engaged enough with a game like Outriders to pay for and return to it for its Worldslayer expansion, Marvel’s Avengers’ first new hero since PlayStation’s Spider-Man last winter, Jane Foster’s The Mighty Thor, is just not going to do it for me.

I just watched her character-specific roundtable which more or less confirmed what I was hoping for not to see, that she’s effectively a clone of Thor, and a new character we will have to level up completely from scratch while being close to identical to a different character we already did that for.

We have done this dance previously to some extent with Kate Bishop and Hawkeye, the game’s first two heroes that shared a core mechanic, archery, but had entirely separate abilities, attacks, even styles movement. And both came with story campaign missions.

That’s not what’s going on here with Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor. She will arrive in Marvel’s Avengers like Spider-Man did, with very, very minimal story quests revolving around her arrival, and she’s much more of a clone of Thor than Kate Bishop and Clint were of each other.

The roundtable showcases that she has a new intrinsic ability, a modified ranged/melee attacks different from Thor, and a new ultimate ability. But it seems like a whole lot of her kit, including her other special moves, appear to be the same, and even the roundtable shows her doing identical moves to Thor in many instances.

And yet, as a new character, she will have to be XP and gear leveled all the way up to endgame to start farming actually interesting exotic gear for her, no small feat. It feels like the main reason she exists is to sell new cosmetics, and of course to help market the new MCU Thor movie where Jane Foster plays a major role.

There’s just nothing here that I care to revisit for another 10-30 hour grind to get Jane Foster up to endgame level when she’s this close to Thor and is not arriving with any interesting story developments, as if a “live” game that only has updates every six months or so can even be telling an effective story any more.

We know that more substantive Avengers content is supposed to be coming, including the arrival of She-Hulk closer to the release of the Disney Plus show, and maybe even a large Captain Marvel-based, Wakanda-style expansion later. But this is not that content, and after waiting all these months since Spider-Man, I’m sticking with my other, more frequently and substantively updated live games for now. I just don’t see anything here to be excited about.

Update (6/30): So this has turned into something…rather confusing.

There seems to be a contingent of people who have read the headline of this article and literally nothing else (and who may not see this update as a result) who believe that I am somehow protesting the appearance of Jane Foster in the upcoming movie Thor Love and Thunder, and the idea that she will take over the mantle of The Mighty Thor.

As made extremely clear in the article, this is about the video game called “Marvel’s Avengers,” by Crystal Dynamics. That is also the lead screenshot from the article, though I will admit at a distance, maybe you can’t tell it’s from a video game. Their Jane Foster character model looks very good!

As said above, I am “skipping” returning to play as Jane Foster in the Avengers game, not because I don’t like the idea of ​​a female Thor, but because by adding a female Thor, they have created a new character that appears to be about 85% of the existing Thor in the game in terms of her moveset, with only a few cursor changes detailed in the video above.

My thoughts on Jane Foster returning to take up the mantle of Thor in Love and Thunder are that…I can’t wait! I am extremely excited for the movie given that it’s Taika Waititi returning after Thor Ragnarok, one of my favorite MCU films. I love the idea that Natalie Portman has now rejoined the franchise in full, and I have been deeply impressed with how much she’s bulked up to take on the role of Thor this time around. I’m very much looking forward to her new dynamic of her with Hemsworth, and I think she’s more than a worthy successor to him, if her comic arc her is any indication. It’s going to be a great film, I imagine.

So yeah, I hope that clears that up. Not that most confused people would have even read this…

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