Welcome back, HeroClix fans, to another exciting preview from the countertop display of the Marvel HeroClix Avengers: Age of Ultron set based upon this summer’s upcoming blockbuster! Today, we’re going to dive into what makes the Avengers the premier team in comics and movies!
Each of the members of the Avengers are incredibly powerful – the Hulk, in particular, is a devastating force of SMASH that can destroy robotic automatons without breaking a sweat – but the real reason we’re here is to see how each of these uncanny heroes combine to create a force of immense power!
Each member of the Avengers possesses a trait called Avengers Assemble!, each with a separate but powerful ability that makes this unified team of heroes even more formidable than if they stood on their own – a true force of justice in a world beset by Ultron’s evil! Each of these traits works off of the Avengers attacking their enemies, and each has a qualifier that when the character hits one or more opposing characters with an attack, the opponent can choose a result from one of two options.
First up is the head of Stark Industries and the face of the Avengers, everyone’s favorite genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist – that’s right, he is Iron Man! Ever the tinkerer, Tony’s trait allows him to either call in an #002 Iron Legion from outside the game into your starting area, or instead, you’ll be able to modify the defensive value of your friendly characters by +1 until your next turn. This plays nicely into Tony’s second trait, The House Party Protocol, which allows Iron Man to be given a power action if there are fewer than 4 friendly undefeated characters named Iron Legion on the map – if so, you can place another Iron Legion in your starting area. Sure, while the Iron Legion might not be as well known as Tony’s affable lab robotic sidekick Dum-E, we think you’ll find their firepower more than makes up for their lack of name recognition.
Next is the heart and soul of the Avengers, the field leader of both the Avengers and Howling Commandos and former S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, Captain America! Ever vigilant in maintaining the safety of his people – remember, this is the man who marched an army of liberated POW’s across occupied Europe – Cap’s first ability option states that you can modify the damage value of a friendly character by +1, or instead, your opponent can decide that all opposing characters modify their attack values by -1 until your next turn.
Verily, upon the horizon, doth come the Odinson himself, the Asgardian Avenger, Thor! The one proven worthy of hefting mighty Mjolnir, Thor’s first option is for your opponent to modify the damage values of all of their characters by -1. Conversely, as the God of Thunder and Storms, Thor’s second ability creates a fog of war for your opponents to have to sift through – the density of the storm summoned by the Thunder God prevents all opposing characters from making a ranged attack until your next turn!
Of course, any time you involve the cinematic version of the Avengers, you have to prepare yourself for the inevitable threat of the Hulk. A being of pure rage and decimation, Hulk is a being of imminent destruction. When Hulk is involved, your opponent will choose to either deal 1 target character 1 unavoidable damage and give it an action token, or they can choose to give Hulk an Anger token. Similar to how his starter set counterpart uses Rage tokens, this version can use his Anger tokens to avoid the unavoidable damage from pushing with Colossal Stamina, or to increase the result of a Regeneration roll. Truly, Hulk is the strongest one there is!
Providing cover from above in a fight is important, and that role is fulfilled by Hawkeye! A former S.H.I.E.L.D. Operative, Clint Barton is as comfortable with a quip as he is with a bow and arrow. Determined to prove his worth after the events of the first Avengers film, Hawkeye hits his mark by the first half of his trait, in which each hit character is dealt 1 unavoidable damage after actions resolve. With a range of 8 squares and 3 targets, Hawkeye can lay down suppression fire from across the map in support of his avenging brethren. And, if your opponent decides to not take the unavoidable damage and opts for their second option, the relentless rain of arrows from The Deadly Hawk will keep coming, because Hawkeye isn’t given an action token for his previous attack!
Finally, we come to the deadly Black Widow, a stealthy loner who is used to fighting in groups and incapacitating her enemies. An infiltrator by nature who strikes and fades into the crowd on instinct, Black Widow’s first ability with her trait shows her capability to disappear after making an attack, as your opponent’s characters won’t be able to attack her until your next turn! On the other side of that, however, is your opponent being able to attack, but not being able to ignore pushing damage until your next turn – this plays nicely with her special power Widow’s Sting, which in the right circumstance allows for Black Widow to use Incapacitate twice as a free action.
So, there you have it – the signature six Avengers from the new Marvel HeroClix Avengers: Age of Ultron movie set! Each of these characters adds something powerful to an Avengers themed team, and can be paired with other Avengers from the set like Nick Fury to make truly unique and powerful squads. Until the next time we meet, let the battle cry be heard – Avengers Assemble!