Marvel fans rejoiced at The Game Awards 2018 when Marvel Ultimate Alliance made a triumphant return, its last installment having launched all the way back in 2009. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever-expanding with film after film, it only makes sense that Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 might appear to bring everyone's favorite Marvel characters together for one big video game adventure on the Nintendo Switch.

Assemble your team

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Stop Thanos and The Black Order

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 lets you assemble a team of your favorite Marvel heroes to take on Thanos and his Black Order in an original story. You can play alone with NPCs supporting you to fill out your superhero team, or you can join up to three others online or locally for the ultimate super squad.

Here's everything we know so far about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3:

What is Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is the third installment in its series of action role-playing games set in the Marvel Universe and including a number of the universe's characters, though it's the first to be published by Nintendo and exclusively on a Nintendo system. Like its predecessors, you'll be able to assemble teams of Marvel characters to complete missions while moving through areas and using the abilities of your team to fight off enemies. Past games have featured multiple endings and optional side missions.

Do I need to have played other Marvel Ultimate Alliance games?

Not at all! Though some familiarity with the Marvel universe is helpful when assembling teams or just to understand the characters and story, in general, you can go into Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 entirely blind and have the universe make sense to you - it's entirely standalone. Fans of Marvel movies, comics, or games may find far more references and easter eggs than novices, though, so this game is recommended especially for those who already know the cinematic universe well.

What is the story about?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 takes place alongside the recent Avengers films, with characters racing to collect the Infinity Stones before Thanos and The Black Order. Marvel heroes and villains will both be playable, and you'll visit locations such as the Avengers Tower, the X-Mansion, and elsewhere. However, it features a new, original story that isn't just a straight retelling of the movies, so even if you know every detail of the recent films, you'll still find plenty of surprises.

How do I play?

The gameplay of Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 seems relatively similar to its predecessors. For a given mission, you'll assemble a team of four characters, taking control of one of them at a time as you move through dungeon-like levels and fight off enemies. Each character has a different set of abilities that can be used against foes, and putting together a team that works well together will be key to finishing each level. This is especially true as characters will have special abilities that can be unleashed as powerful finishers, and there are massive team attacks that combine the powers of multiple members of your group.

One feature that's been touted is the game's "Heroic Camera," which allows players to pick a more zoomed-in view of the action than the traditional camera. This is only usable in single-player, or in multiplayer if multiple systems are being used.

Can I play with a friend?

Yes! Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is playable with up to four players either online or via local multiplayer. Since your team is a squad of four, each player can take control of a different character and work together to fight off enemies.

Will there be DLC?

Yes! You can purchase extra content that will release after the game's launch, including DLC packs themed around the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Marvel Knights.

What characters will be in the game?

The following characters are playable in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3:

  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Captain Marvel
  • Crystal
  • Daredevil
  • Deadpool
  • Doctor Strange
  • Drax the Destroyer
  • Elektra
  • Elsa Bloodstone
  • Falcon
  • Gamora
  • Ghost Rider
  • Groot and Rocket Raccoon
  • Hawkeye
  • Hulk
  • Iron Fist
  • Iron Man
  • Luke Cage
  • Magnetoa
  • Miles Morales
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Nightcrawler
  • Psylocke
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Spider-Gwen
  • Spider-Man
  • Star-Lord
  • Storm
  • Thor
  • Venoma
  • Wasp
  • Wolverine

Don't worry, you'll still see far more familiar faces than just those. Lots of familiar villains will appear, including Ultron, Thanos, Green Goblin, Juggernaut, Mysterio, and more. And other familiar Marvel friends, such as Ant-Man and Jessica Jones, will appear as NPCs.

When can I play?

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is planned for launch on the Nintendo Switch on July 19, 2019. It will cost $60.

Assemble your team

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Stop Thanos and The Black Order

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 lets you assemble a team of your favorite Marvel heroes to take on Thanos and his Black Order in an original story. You can play alone with NPCs supporting you to fill out your superhero team, or you can join up to three others online or locally for the ultimate super squad.

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July 2019 Added release date, DLC information, updated character roster, updated story based on new info.

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