Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is taking full advantage of the Disney/20th Century Fox acquisition by not only bringing the X-Men to play with their Avengers buddies, but also Marvel’s First Family itself: The Fantastic Four.
Revealed during Nintendo’s E3 2019 Nintendo Direct, the long awaited sequel will feature Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing as playable characters ... eventually. The Fantastic Four — along with the X-Men, previously confirmed to be included in the game — have been absent from many Marvel-licensed games for many years, due to an internal mandate not to use characters whose movie license belonged to 20th Century Fox.
Now that 20th Century Fox’s film division is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, just like Marvel Entertainment, it’s open season on mutants and Yancy Street regulars. The Fantastic Four, as well as characters from the Marvel Knights line (generally Marvel’s street-level heroes like the Punisher and Daredevil), will be available as DLC this fall. A slew of additional X-Men will also be a part of that DLC, joining Deadpool, Magneto, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Scarlet Witch, Storm, and Wolverine, already in game. Colossus, Cyclops, and Professor X will also appear as NPCs. All those heroes will be up against Thanos’ Black Order.
Announced during the 2018 Game Awards Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will be available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop on July 19, the Friday of San Diego Comic-Con. It’s the first Marvel video game Nintendo is publishing, and is exclusive to the Switch.