Hawkeye Is The First Post-Launch Character In Marvel’s Avengers

Ask, and you shall receive, goes the saying. When Marvel’s Avengers was first revealed, fans noticed that Crystal Dynamics’ lineup of heroes was a little different from what they were used to. Aside from Captain America dying at the beginning of the game, and Ms. Marvel joining the roster as an up-and-comer, one burning question presided in the minds of many: where was Hawkeye?

As it turns out, the iconic marksman will be coming to the game as a post-launch DLC. First revealed at the latest War Table episode that aired this week, Hawkeye will be the first of many post-launch heroes. Heavily inspired by the iconic My Life as a Weapon storyline by Matt Fraction and David Aja in 2012 among other comic books, Hawkeye will also be getting his own character-focused campaign mission.

Gameplay-wise, it looks as though players will be able to mix it up between melee and ranged combat, though we imagine there will be a larger focus on ranged gamplay considering his status as an archer. That said, we won’t be surprised if the game’s skill system allows players to build Hawkeye as a melee character, à la his Ronin alter ego in the comics and the movies.

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Oh, and by the way, did we forget to mention that Hawkeye — and all other DLC heroes in the game — will be added free of charge? Yup, you heard us right, these post-launch characters, and other DLC content, will be added at no additional cost to players.

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In any case, Hawkeye’s inclusion in Marvel’s Avengers will be the sort of fanservice fans have been hoping for. Speaking of which, the game launches on 4 September for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Google Stadia, with the playable beta dropping from 7 August onwards.


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