When Square Enix revealed the trailer for their new Avengers game at E3, the internet lost its collective mind. Sadly though not for the right reasons, such as it being a game about the Avengers, but because the characters on display didn't look like their MCU counterparts.
This made a fair few keyboard warriors go into epic meltdown (seriously, the game's not about the MCU), but now that most of the furore has died off people seem to be asking the right questions.
Such as, who's going to be the 'Big Bad'?
As you can probably imagine that secret is more closely guarded than Fort Knox and unless there's a huge leak somewhere then it's going to stay that way right up until its release in 2020, but that doesn't mean that speculation is off the table.
After all, the Avengers have one of the biggest rogues galleries to choose from and it's one that spans their entire fifty-nine-year existence, so there's a lot of familiar villainous faces waiting to ruin their day. This list takes a look at those evil doers and tries to figure out not just who might be making an appearance but how they might find themselves included in the game itself.
There's no doubt that - thanks to the MCU - Thanos is probably the best-known villain in the Avengers rogues gallery at this point in time, and with this in mind he's sure to be a shoo-in for the game at some point, even if it's only as a cameo.
But what if Square Enix decides that the Mad Titan deserves a much bigger role? How do they go about it?
Well, the obvious choice is that they follow the blockbusters with the Infinity Stones/Gauntlet/War storyline and considering that's what he's best known for, if they do go down this path then it's going to be a blast.
Playing as Earth's Mightiest Heroes while you try to stop Thanos from achieving his goal of wiping out half the universe is something that possesses mainstream appeal in spades. After all, both movies continue to break box office records, even now, and if the fanbase is given the chance to recreate their favorite moments from the films then it's guaranteed the game will ship by the boatload.
Unfortunately, the chance of this happening is pretty slim due to franchise fatigue, so don't be surprised if the giant purple one is only available as DLC. Fret not though - Thanos and the Black Order will appear in this summer's Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.