Earlier this year, footage emerged of a canceled Avengers game, which was in the works from 2009 until 2011. The game, which was never officially announced, was in the works at THQ Studios Australia–and as it turns out, there’s a much bigger story behind it.
GameSpot sister site CNET has a huge in-depth look at the story behind the cancelled Avengers game for Xbox 360 and PS3, what it was trying to do, and why it was ultimately cancelled. The game, which was meant to tie in to the 2012 Avengers movie, was taken down by a villain far more despicable than even Thanos–economic mismanagement.
The CNET story explains how THQ Studio Australia was drafted for the project due to their expertise with licensed products, making games based on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Megamind–but in 2009, when the project first started to take form, The Avengers was not the massive property it is now. Members of the team did not know much about the movie that was on the horizon, with many details kept under wraps.