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I just recently watched The Avengers again, and really enjoyed it. I noticed, however, there are a lot of references to the previous films. It’s fine for me, as I’ve seen them all, but I realized that some of the references may not make sense for first-timers.
Having these references adds depth to the world. It makes it feel living and breathing. That’s why I propose starting a new campaign the Marvel Cinematic way.
Each player will meet with the Watcher sometime before the first session. The Watcher will run them through a scenario that sets their character up for the coming team-up. The mini-event should be two action scenes and two transition scenes, in any order appropriate. If you look at Iron Man, the first Action Scene would be him breaking out of the fortress, the second being his fight with Iron Monger. The Watcher could squeeze in his whole plane-battle if you had time, as well. However, I think you could get it all done in only a single session.
Drop hints throughout each person’s story of the upcoming conflict that will draw them together. Is it the Breakout? Talk about the Raft, or have the hero put a villain there who will be breaking out in Breakout. If it’s the Civil War, have mentions of distrust of superheroes emerge. If it’s Annihilation, mention some rumblings about certain warlike empires going on the alert.
Once each hero has had their own mini-event, bring them together.
I think this can add a lot of depth to your game.
Give it a try, and let us know how it went.