Marvel’s Avengers: Kate Bishop is the first post-launch character

Marvel's Avengers from Square Enix
Marvel's Avengers from Square Enix /

Kate Bishop, Clint Barton’s protégé, will join the fight post-launch in Marvel’s Avengers.

As we all know by now, Crystal Dynamics has a very ambitious plan of downloadable content for Marvel’s Avengers post-launch. The blockbuster superhero action game already features a strong core of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at the center of its single-player story but Crystal Dynamics will continue to expand the roster of playable characters well beyond launch. Best of all, each one of these post-launch characters and all future DLC will be completely free of charge.

Among the confirmed DLC characters thus far are Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Peter Parker/Spider-Man. During today’s War Table, the initial plan was for Crystal Dynamics to reveal Black Panther as one a DLC character. Unfortunately, the timing just wasn’t quite right with the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman — who portrayed Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — on Friday, so Crystal Dynamics went with another character instead.

They revealed that Kate Bishop, Clint Barton’s protégé, will be the first post-launch hero to join the roster. Bishop, who is described as “the mature one in the face of Clint’s recklessness” will arrive as part of Operation Marvel’s Avengers: Kate Bishop – Taking AIM, which follows the conclusion of the Reassemble campaign. She’ll come with her own set of abilities and gear to unlock along with a new villain to square off with. It was also revealed that Ashly Burth will be voicing the character.

Meanwhile, Clint Barton, voiced by Giacomo Gianniotti, will come with his own Hero Operation, Marvel’s Avengers: Hawkeye — Future Imperfect. 

Some may find it strange that two of the first characters to be announced as Marvel’s Avengers DLC both wield a bow and are so closely connected; however, it all makes sense when you consider only one of each Hero can be selected in multiplayer activities.

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As explained by Polygon, this seems akin to “echo fighters” in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These are characters that look different and may have some slight variances in their abilities but basically play the same way. So if someone selects Hawkeye in a multiplayer activity,  Kate Bishop will serve as a nice substitute (or vice versa) with similar combat mechanics. The same goes for Iron Man and the rumored War Machine. They aren’t exactly the same, but close enough.

As a reminder, all future characters for Marvel’s Avengers will be completely free. They’ll each come with their own unique Hero Challenge Card, which is essentially an optional battle pass featuring cosmetic items specific to that character. Each Hero Challenge Card beyond the initial six will cost 1,000 Credits ($10). However, since you get Credits through completing Hero Challenge Cards, you won’t really have to spend any money if you hold on to it.

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Honestly, I’ve been super impressed with Crystal Dynamics’ approach to post-launch content for Marvel’s Avengers. It’s super player-friendly which is rare to see these days. And I absolutely love that there’s no expiration for Hero Challenge Cards.

Marvel’s Avengers launches September 4 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC but is currently available for those who purchased one of the special edition versions.