One of the first major Marvel's Avengers missions in the Beta, "To Find Olympia," is a treasure trove of references. Hulk and Kamala Kahn find their way to the Tony Stark's Olympia Archive in search of J.A.R.V.I.S., who Banner believes can help them find Tony.
After several skirmishes, Kamala finds the archive room itself beyond a series of locks. Inside the archive room, she finds a number of Avengers treasures, referencing the characters and lore of the new universe created for Marvel's Avengers.
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One of the first items Kamala will likely come across is Thor's mug. Thor, in his various incarnations, tends to have one major consistency: he loves his mead. The God of Thunder can typically be found in a bar or a mead hall after his biggest fights, throwing back cold ones and regaling his comrades with tales of his adventures.
So what's the deal with this mug? Is it an ancient artifact, perhaps some kind of magical cup that never empties? Alas, as Kamala notes, it appears to merely be a simple mug. Still, pretty cool to see.
The First Stark Gold
Not far from Thor's Mug is "the First Stark Gold," an innocuous lump of gold. It may very well be that this lump of gold somehow relates to the Stark fortune, though Kamala's dialogue indicates it may be fake gold, such as pyrite. It's more likely this is a sly Iron Man reference.
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In the original continuity, Tony's original armor retained the bulky design he created in the cave. However, in order to appear more likable to the public, he painted it a brilliant gold color. This hunk of gold may be a sly nod to that original Iron Man design.
Mark 01 Repulsor Prototypes
It makes sense that Tony would keep a few Iron Man pieces in the archive. Further into the archive, Kamala finds Tony's prototypes for the original repulsors. Kamala even speculates that Tony may be returning for these, though it's unlikely given just how advanced Tony's suits have become.
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Uniquely, this is one of the few Archive items that can appear in-game. Tony does have an alternate Prototype Armor skin, which features him in a makeshift suit, complete with repulsors.
Hidden behind a movable bookshelf is this electric guitar, with a note "To Pepper, From Tony" on it. Kamala doesn't state if it's meant to be a thank you gift or a present to a Pepper who Tony is in a relationship within this continuity, but is clearly excited to see it.
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Tony has always had a flair for rock and roll, and a love for electric guitars. It could also be a subtle nod to his comic's continuity mother, Amanda Armstrong, a rock musician who moonlit as an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Captain America's Heater Shield
Two of Captain America's shields are on display in the Beta: his classic, disc-shaped shield is seen on the Chimera, serving as a makeshift memorial to the fallen Avenger. Stashed in the archive, though, is Cap's old heater shield.
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Be it comics, the MCU or any other form of media, Captain America traditionally does not debut with the disc-shaped shield. He carries a traditional heater shield with a subdued stars & stripes pattern, which has come back up on a few occasions. The shield appeared for the first few issues of his original World War II-era stories before being replaced with the modern shield.
Avengers West Coast Headquarters architectural model
Hidden in the back of the archive is an architectural model for a west coast-based Avengers headquarters. The design is relatively similar to the traditional Avengers Tower design and may hint at the Avengers' history in the game.
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We know from the Beta that Avengers Day takes place in San Francisco, and it seems the team may be based there. However, there has been a real West Coast Avengers, with various team iterations over the years. Given one iconic West Coast Avenger, Hawkeye, will be making his debut in the game soon, we may see a proper formation of this team.
Avengers group photo
The final nod in the archive, hidden beneath a wall of cardboard, is a large photo of The Avengers. The painting highlights the team in happier times, dressed casually and enjoying a happier time.
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It's the first look in the game of the Avengers as people rather than superheroes, not to mention Hawkeye's first in-game appearance (at least as far as the Beta is concerned). The photo is not only a nod to where the Avengers once were but a hopeful nod to where the Avengers could be following the game's "Reassemble" campaign.
Developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal and published by Square Enix, Marvel's Avengers arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC on Sept. 4.
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Christopher Baggett is one of CBR's Gaming Features Editors and a Live Content Producer. He's been with Comic Book Resources since 2017 after spending several years writing for several other websites. He first started writing for the web in the mid-'90s with his website, Anime HomeWorld, which was later renamed The HomeWorld. A comic book collector since he was a teenager, he's also become an avid gamer and content creator with a series of Let's Plays on YouTube (youtube.com/jcbaggee) and a series of running streams on his Twitch channel, You Shall Be As Games (twitch.tv/jcbaggee), as well as CBR's own Twitch page (twitch.tv/comicbookresources). His first published comic book work is in the anthology "Advanced Death Saves: Fallen Heroes of the Kitchen Table," which is available now on Comixology. You can find Christopher on Twitter and Instagram as @JCBaggee.
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