So, I need some help with a card game I'm working on.
It uses The Avengers, and I haven't read the book or the books of the main heroes in a LONG time. My Avengers were the 70s and 80s. I'm trying (and this is perhaps doomed) to integrate the 'classic' Avengers with the modern ones and the upcoming movie(s). I know classic 70s & 80s Marvel to fanboy levels, but since then I just kinda know about the comics because I'm a dork and I have friends who read these books.
My first question is about line-up. I need 8 heroes, and my current line-up is:
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow... and two more.
I am toying with Spiderman and Wolverine, because I hear they're both involved in the Avengers nowadays. But neither is quintessentially Avengers, and having Wolverine in The Avengers means he can't be in an X-men version of the game later, so I feel it should be Wasp and Hank Pym, or even Scarlet Witch and The Vision, who I personally love. Have I missed anyone major? If you were to play an Avengers game would you feel cheated without Giant Man and The Wasp? Or disgruntled that Spiderman and Wolverine had muddied the waters?
The second is about enemies. I need the foes to be in groups of about 10 villains, though of course I could just have a group of miscellaneous lone wolves. My very tentative shortlist is:
Skrulls & Kree
Loki & Asgardians (Enchantress, Wrecking Crew etc)
Red Skull & Nazis, e.g. Arnim Zola
Baron Zemo & The Masters of Evil
Hi-tech (assorted) e.g. Ultron, Kang.
My problems with this list are numerous, partly to do with thematic concerns, partly to do with the necessity of organising enemies into groups.
(1) I think of Galactus as much more of a FF enemy, but it seems weird to have Galactus not battling Earth's Mightiest Heroes. No Galactus on the list, but I worry that he's appeared in Avengers stories I'm not familiar with.
(2) The Red Skull doesn't seem to have enough allies to sustain an entire group, without padding it out with Nazi Robots etc. Perhaps I should just put him in with Hydra.
(3) Ultron and Kang seem too important to have as just part of a misc. group, but I don't know of enough allies to do them justice as a group. I could put Ultron in the Masters of Evil, but that group will be overloaded as it is.
(4) I feel I'm missing some big names, but I can't put my finger on them. I need a variety of power levels, so I can't just put big name after big name. Low- and mid-level villains are necessary. Is there anyone hugely important I've missed? Or a type? Cosmic/Dimensional seemed a possible group, separate from Aliens.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
I figure I could take a bear.