Yesterday’s big teaser for the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder culminates in an appearance by Natalie Portman as Jane Foster as Thor, complete with what appears to be a rather botched Mjolnir. But she – that is, Foster – isn’t just appearing in the next big Marvel movie: she’s also heading to Marvel’s avengers.
The news is contained in the newest Marvel’s Avengers development update, which outlines Crystal Dynamics’ plan for the 2.4 update, currently scheduled for release in May and beyond. The update will rework the previously released Cosmic Threat, Tachyon Anomaly, and Corrupted Vibranium events to make them “more rewarding”. Changes will include a more diverse range of event rewards, bringing Unit rewards to a wider variety of missions, making higher power rewards more accessible” to create another path to equip beyond soft-cap in non-Raid takedowns / Omega Tier Threat Content” and granting meta-objective rewards to entire squads instead of a single hero, so players can equip their entire squad faster.
“Combined with the improved gameplay loop introduced in version 2.3, we think these new rewards will make a significant change of pace for veteran players and a great way to prepare for newer players,” said Crystal Dynamics.
Jane Foster, aka The Mighty Thor, is a little further along. Foster, who first appeared in the Thor comics in the early 1960s and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the first Thor movie, will join the game as a playable hero across all platforms in Update 2.5. The timing of the announcement is almost certainly no coincidence, but Crystal Dynamics didn’t mention the movie and instead kindly but unequivocally pointed out that it’s a book-based game.
“Our hero designs are driven primarily by her core comic book identities, so as a fellow Mjolnir wielder her skill set will have a lot in common with Odinson’s, however she will also have elements that are distinctly Jane ,” the studio said. “More details on how Jane will come to life in our game will come in the future.”
Now that patch 2.3 is behind us, we’d like to update you on what’s to come in the near future for the game. This includes some major improvements to the event system, as well as our next playable hero Jane Foster: The Mighty Thor!🌩️ https://t.co/lp0kZiSYJt pic.twitter.com/ry8u6ZXN2AApril 19, 2022
Unfortunately for that future, Marvel’s Avengers have not been able to reverse their drop in player counts. In September 2021, when we said the game needed to get out of its misery, its average concurrent player count it was 862, catastrophically low for a big-budget licensed video game; in the last 30 days, and despite now being on Game Pass, the concurrent player count has dropped to less than half that amount. At the time of writing, only 307 people are playing.
Here’s the teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder, btw. It is very good.