Hawkeye will come to Marvel’s Avengers as a free post-launch playable character, complete with a unique set of story missions. Alongside Hawkeye, there appear to be three other heroes currently planned to be added.

Revealed in the second Marvel’s Avengers War Table stream, the character will bring along a string of story missions which will, unlike the game’s solo-only campaign, be playable in solo or co-op formats. It should please fans who were upset that Hawkeye had seemingly been left out of the Avengers again.

Marvel’s Avengers’ take on Clint Barton is drawing primarily on the much loved Matt Fraction-David Aja collaboration on the ‘My Life as a Weapon’ run of the Hawkeye comic. Specifically, the design seems to be based on the Hawkeye #1 variant cover by Adi Granov. There are some barks at the end of the trailer that have left me very excited by the idea of an in-game Lucky the Pizza Dog, too.

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It looks as though Hawkeye could be the second post-launch character for the game. While describing how the game will evolve, Crystal Dynamics explained that the launch campaign, Reassembled will tell the story of Kamala Khan reuniting the Avengers, and showed character logos that re-confirmed Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow and Thor will be the playable heroes at launch.

After finishing Reassembled, you enter the “ever-present” Avengers Initiative, which appears to be post-campaign content in which “you extend the experience as the Avengers, protecting Earth from all threats and incursions.”

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During that Avengers Initiative description, four more spaces for character logos were shown. The second featured Hawkeye’s logo, with the other three bearing question marks. Previously, we had suspected that Hank “Ant-Man” Pym would fill one of those slots, although he’s so far been shown only as a mission giver character.

Whoever the added Avengers turn out to be, we know that they’ll be coming to the game for free as they’re released. As for the upcoming beta period, we now know we’ll be playing primarily as Kamala Khan, Hulk, Iron Man, and Black Widow.

If you want more Avengers details, we’ve been running an IGN First on Marvel’s Avengers all this month, revealing new costumes, gameplay guides, character breakdowns and much more.

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