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The Marvel Rivals character roster just leaked and it’s massive

Galacta in Marvel Rivals

A leaker just dropped the entire playable character roster from the Marvel Rivals closed alpha, and it has a surprising lineup of characters from across Marvel history.

Marvel’s modern outings have been a mixed bag for fans. Although Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 perfectly captured the web slinger’s world, other efforts like Crystal Dynamics’ Avengers missed the mark worse than Thor not going for Thanos’ head. Even so, the Marvel universe is still a perfect canvas for video games.  

NetEase Games announced Marvel Rivals in March 2024, and fans immediately jumped on the hype train. After all, the game combined two very popular things; Marvel superheroes and team-based shooters. Recently, a leaker claims to have found which Marvel heroes and villains will join those teams. 

Marvel Rivals’ roster has been leaked from the closed alpha test

A notable leaker has data-mined the playable roster of characters for Marvel Rivals, which includes surprise names such as the modern Iron Fist, Psylocke, and Squirrel Girl.

The report comes from Miller Ross, a leaker who previously broke DLC news on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League months before its official release. Here is the full list of playable characters that will be part of Marvel Rivals:

  • Bruce Banner/Hulk
  • Punisher
  • Storm
  • Loki
  • Human Torch
  • Doctor Strange
  • Mantis
  • Hawkeye
  • Captain America
  • Rocket Raccoon
  • Hela
  • Cloak & Dagger
  • Black Panther
  • Groot
  • Ultron
  • Magik
  • Moon Knight
  • Luna Snow
  • Squirrel Girl
  • Black Widow
  • Iron Man
  • Venom
  • Spider-Man
  • Magneto
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Thor
  • Mr. Fantastic
  • Winter Solider
  • Peni Parker
  • Star-Lord
  • Blade
  • Namor
  • Adam Warlock
  • Jeff the Landshark
  • Psylocke
  • Wolverine
  • Invisible Woman
  • The Thing
  • Iron Fist (Lin Lie)

There will reportedly be 39 characters on the Marvel Rivals’ roster in the Closed Alpha. Some will be obvious for popularity alone, like Spider-Man and Captain America. Meanwhile, characters  like Jeff the Landshark and Squirrel Girl show the game won’t be limited to Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings. 

After all, past crossover games like Marvel vs Capcom Infinite reportedly had to conform to the MCU’s standards. The game recently came under criticism once again for lacking any X-Men characters, which fans speculate was a decision from Disney due to Sony’s continued control of the brand through 2020. Characters like Wolverine, Storm, and Cyclops were previously staples of Marvel-themed fighting games.

Given how the current phase of the MCU likes its alternate dimensions, Marvel Rivals has more freedom in its character selection. In addition to the characters, Ross claims to have found the following unannounced maps:

  • Hydra Erebus Base
  • The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda
  • Klyntar
  • Empire of Eternal Night
  • Krakoa

Overall, Marvel Rivals may have quite the content-packed alpha test for fans to look forward to. It’s also set to cater to Marvel fans of all sorts. And of course, odds are that this roster expands steadily over time.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

Gab Hernandez has a particular love for video games that give players control over the narrative direction, such as Divinity: Original Sin 2 and Disco Elysium. Gab spends just as much time playing games as they do gushing about them online to anyone who will listen. Their work has also been seen on TheGamer, Gfinity, and Wargamer, and you can follow them on Twitter / X at @HardlyWorkinGab.

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