If you're excited for the release of Marvel's Avengers later this week and are already looking forward to the post-launch content, get ready for a barrage of arrows. On top of the already announced addition of top-notch archer Hawkeye, a.k.a. Clint Barton, players will first be getting... Hawkeye, a.k.a. Kate Bishop.
Yes, as revealed during today's pre-launch Avengers War Table stream, Kate Bishop—voiced by Ashly Burch—will be the first hero added to the roster of Marvel's Avengers for free. She'll be starring in a storyline called "Taking AIM" that picks up from the events of the main Avengers campaign and appears to lead into Barton's "Future Imperfect" missions later on. Back during Barton's reveal, the developers were said to be taking heavy inspiration from the Matt Fraction and David Aja run of the Hawkeye comics, and sure enough, Kate Bishop was also a big part of that arc.
As such, the back-to-back Bishop and Barton missions are being thought of as a sort of "double feature," with Kate's missions appearing to lead into Barton's. In the newly-released trailer, she sees her pal and mentor Barton seemingly collaborating with AIM. Want to bet there'll be a bow versus bow showdown between the two at some point?
Last month, datamining during the beta run actually spoiled Bishop's addition to the roster a bit early, but it wasn't clear she'd be the first new hero joining the six Avengers. Bishop, as with every hero being added post-launch, will have her own Hero Challenge Card, a Battle Pass-like system with an additional premium track for unlocking cosmetics. What's not clear is to what extent Bishop and Barton will play differently from each other.
Additionally, it's not clear what the gameplay difference will be between similar heroes if we do see She Hulk and War Machine (also spotted in the datamining) down the line. Will they really feel distinct from Hulk and Iron Man, or are we looking at more of a Ken and Ryu dynamic? The two Hawkeyes, it seems, will be our first look at that dynamic in Marvel's Avengers.
Marvel's Avengers launches this Friday for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia. Square Enix has confirmed that buyers on current-gen consoles will get free upgrades within their respective console families once the PS5 and Xbox Series X debut later this year.